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Ukulele for dummies
Wood, Alistair.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Chichester, England : John Wiley & Sons, c2011.
Physical Description:
xviii, 338 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm. + 1 CD (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
For dummies

--For dummies.
General Note:
Includes index.
Exploring the ukulele -- Tuning up to sound great -- Discovering how to handle your ukulele -- Playing your first ukulele chords and songs -- Drumming up more strumming patterns -- Meeting the chords and their families -- Getting to grips with tabs and notation -- Discovering fingerpicking patterns -- Combining melodies and chords when playing solo -- Picking up some soloing techniques -- Rocking out with your ukulele -- Playing the blues to lift your spirits -- Saying 'aloha' to the Hawaiian style -- Jazzing up your uke playing -- Strumming up the Jawaiian style -- Getting classy : classical masterpieces for ukulele -- Weighing up your options when buying a ukulele -- Splashing out on essentials and accessories -- Restringing, maintaining and adjusting your uke -- Ten (plus) ukulele players to know -- Ten ways to get involved in the ukulele scene


Call Number
Material Type
1 787.89 W873 Adult NonFiction Book

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Learn everything ukulele'from chord progressions to playing pop, folk, and holiday favorites'and, yes, even Hawaiian music!

The ukulele is hot. The season one finale of Glee featured a ukulele. The recent hit song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train includes the dulcet tones of a uke. Not to mention the runaway success of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For anyone wishing to master this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics'from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger-picking.

The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracks of the entire musical notation in the book'creating a total musical instruction package Offers instruction in a variety of styles'including pop, folk, holiday favorites, and Hawaiian music Features a buying guide for the novice'with tips on purchasing a ukulele plus other necessary accessories

With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making beautiful music'as they tiptoe through the tulips'in no time.


Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version


Author Notes

Alistair Wood is a ukulele player, transcriber, arranger and the owner of, one of the most popular ukulele sites on the Internet.

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Library Journal Review

The ukulele is hot right now, and Wood's manual gets players right into the music. Just one of the many "For Dummies" music titles, this combines humor and visuals with tab and standard notation. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Ukulele Basics.
Chapter 1 Why Play the Ukulele?
Chapter 2 Ukulexicon.
Chapter 3 Getting in Tune.
Chapter 4 Before You Play a Note.
Part 2 Chords and Strumming.
Chapter 5 First Ukulele Chords.
Chapter 6 Strumming Patterns.
Chapter 7 More Chords.
Part 3 Picking and Single Note Playing.
Chapter 8 Going Solo.
Chapter 9 Fingerpicking Patterns.
Chapter 10 Combining Chords and Melodies.
Chapter 11 Soloing Techniques.
Part 4 Style Files.
Chapter 12 Rock and Punk.
Chapter 13 Blues.
Chapter 14 Hawaiian.
Chapter 15 Standards.
Chapter 16 Reggae and Jawaiian.
Chapter 17 Classical.
Part 5 Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele.
Chapter 18 Buying a Ukulele.
Chapter 19 Ukulele Accessories.
Chapter 20 Re-Sringing and Repairing.
Part 6 The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21 Ten Ukulele Players You Should Know.
Chapter 22 Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene.
Chapter 22 Ten Tips for Improving.
Appendix A Chord Charts.
Appendix B Reading Music.
Appendix C Using the CD.