Take your ukulele playing to the next level - fast! - with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes.
You have a ukulele, you know just enough to be dangerous, and now you're ready to do something with it. You're in luck: Ukulele Exercises For Dummies helps you become a better player. This lay-flat, practice-based book focuses on the skills that entry-level players often find challenging and provides tips, tricks and plenty of cool exercises that will have you creating music in no time that include:
Creating rock-steady strumming patterns and rhythms
Becoming a better fingerpicker with patterns, arpeggio exercises, and solo fingerpicking pieces
Expanding your fretboard knowledge and crafting your own rock, blues and jazz riffs and solos
Playing actual songs on the ukulele - everything from the classic ukulele tunes to the 12 bar blues!
Downloadable audio files of the exercises found in the book, providing you with a self-contained practice package
No matter if you're a beginning ukulele player or you're wanting to stretch and improve your chops, Ukulele Exercises For Dummies
puts you on your way to becoming a ukulele extraordinaire!
About the Author
Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter and the founder of ukuleletricks.com, one of the most popular ukulele sites in the world, where he provides audio, video, and written instructional material (along with personalised feedback) to freshly minted ukulele fans everywhere. Alistair Wood is the man (the myth and the legend) behind ukulelehunt.com and the author of Ukulele For Dummies.
Part I: Getting Started with Ukulele Exercises 7
Chapter 1: Preparing to Practise9
Chapter 2: Warming Up for Practice 15
Part II: Becoming a Better Strummer 23
Chapter 3: Foundations For Strumming 25
Chapter 4: Building a Repertoire of Strumming Patterns 33
Chapter 5: Taking Strumming Patterns to a Higher Level 55
Chapter 6: Refining Advanced Strumming Techniques 73
Part III: Becoming a Better Fingerpicker 89
Chapter 7: Examining Fingerpicking Technique 91
Chapter 8: Developing Rhythmic Fingerpicking Patterns 97
Chapter 9: Improving Your Solo Fingerpicking Skills 117
Chapter 10: Taking a Deeper Look at Single-Note Fingerpicking Techniques 135
Part IV: Mastering the Ukulele Fretboard 151
Chapter 11: Learning the Fretboard with Major Scales 153
Chapter 12: Taking On Three Minor Scales 177
Chapter 13: Commanding the Fretboard with Chords 197
Chapter 14: Using Scales to Solo and Improvise 213
Part V: The Part of Tens 229
Chapter 15: Ten Ways to Improve Your Practice Times 231
Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Every Performing Ukulele Player 235