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Ukulele For Dummies : For Dummies - Alistair Wood

Ukulele For Dummies

For Dummies


Published: 16th October 2015
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The fast and easy way to learn how to play the ukulele

With the help of Ukulele For Dummies, learning to play this popular string instrument at a basic level has never been easier. Now in a fully updated second edition, this hands-on, friendly guide provides everything you need to know to pick up a uke and get playing—fast. From purchasing a ukulele and the necessary accessories to making sense of simple chord progressions and playing in a variety of styles—including pop, folk, Hawaiian, and holiday favourites—the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have you creating beautiful music in no time.

For anyone wishing to learn to play this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics, from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger picking—and everything in between. Plus, you'll find tips to make certain chord changes easier, chords and tabs for popular Christmas and New Year songs, apps for mobile devices, the ten best ukulele chords, and so much more.

  • Audio tracks are available via online download at Dummies.com, creating a total musical instruction package
  • Features a ukulele buying guide for the novice
  • Offers instruction in a variety of musical styles
  • Provides finger-picking instruction and the chords and patterns you need to know

With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.



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Excellent beginner's guide to playing the ukulele


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  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written


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    As a beginner to playing the ukulele, I found this book very helpful and well presented. It is very easy to follow and explains all aspects of how to play - with lots of humour thrown in. It is a great reference book and with the CD enclosed, it helps explain each point.

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    Introduction 1

    Part I: Getting Started with the Ukulele 5

    Chapter 1: Exploring the Ukulele 7

    Chapter 2: Tuning Up to Sound Great 19

    Chapter 3: Discovering How to Handle Your Ukulele 29

    Part II: Starting Out with Chords and Strumming 39

    Chapter 4: Playing Your First Ukulele Chords and Songs 41

    Chapter 5: Drumming Up More Strumming Patterns 61

    Chapter 6: Meeting the Chords and Their Families 81

    Part III: Picking and Single ]Note Playing 101

    Chapter 7: Getting to Grips with Tabs and Notation 103

    Chapter 8: Discovering Fingerpicking Patterns 119

    Chapter 9: Combining Melodies and Chords When Playing Solo 133

    Chapter 10: Picking Up Some Soloing Techniques 143

    Part IV: Discovering Genres and Styles 159

    Chapter 11: Rocking Out with Your Uke 161

    Chapter 12: Playing the Blues to Lift Your Spirits 169

    Chapter 13: Saying ‘Aloha’ to the Hawaiian Style 187

    Chapter 14: Jazzing Up Your Uke Playing 195

    Chapter 15: Strumming Up the Jawaiian Style 203

    Chapter 16: Getting Classy: Classical Masterpieces for Ukulele 209

    Chapter 17: Ukuleleing the Holidays 219

    Part V: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele 225

    Chapter 18: Weighing Up Your Options When Buying a Ukulele 227

    Chapter 19: Splashing Out on Essentials and Accessories 235

    Chapter 20: Restringing, Maintaining, and Adjusting Your Uke 243

    Part VI: The Part of Tens 253

    Chapter 21: Ten Ukulele Players to Know 255

    Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene 261

    Chapter 23: Ten (or So) Tips for Improving Your Playing 267

    Chapter 24: Ten Greatest Ukulele Chords 273

    Part VII: Appendixes 281

    Appendix A: Chord Charts 283

    Appendix B: Reading Standard Musical Notation 287

    Appendix C: Audio Tracks 293

    Index 299

    ISBN: 9781119135975
    ISBN-10: 1119135974
    Series: For Dummies
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 336
    Published: 16th October 2015
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 18.6  x 1.9
    Weight (kg): 0.61
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised