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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
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Introducing Ukulele Basics 7 Chapter 1: Exploring the Ukulele 9 Chapter 2: Tuning Up to Sound Great 21 Chapter 3: Discovering How to Handle Your Ukulele 31 Part II: Starting Out With Chords and Strumming 41 Chapter 4: Playing Your First Ukulele Chords and Songs 43 Chapter 5: Drumming Up More Strumming Patterns 65 Chapter 6: Meeting the Chords and Their Families 87 Part III: Picking and Single-Note Playing 111 Chapter 7: Getting to Grips with Tabs and Notation 113 Chapter 8: Discovering Fingerpicking Patterns 131 Chapter 9: Combining Melodies and Chords When Playing Solo 147 Chapter 10: Picking Up Some Soloing Techniques 157 Part IV: Discovering Genres and Styles 175 Chapter 11: Rocking Out With Your Uke 177 Chapter 12: Playing the Blues to Lift Your Spirits 191 Chapter 13: Saying Aloha to the Hawaiian Style 209 Chapter 14: Jazzing Up Your Uke Playing 217 Chapter 15: Strumming Up the Jawaiian Style 227 Chapter 16: Getting Classy: Classical Masterpieces for Ukulele 235 Part V: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele 249 Chapter 17: Weighing Up Your Options When Buying a Ukulele 251 Chapter 18: Splashing Out on Essentials and Accessories 259 Chapter 19: Restringing, Maintaining and Adjusting Your Uke 267 Part VI: The Part of Tens 277 Chapter 20: Ten (Plus) Ukulele Players to Know 279 Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene 285 Chapter 22: Ten (Or So) Tips for Improving Your Playing 291 Part VII: Appendixes 297 Appendix A: Chord Charts 299 Appendix B: Reading Standard Musical Notation 303 Appendix C: Audio Tracks 315 Index 323

About the Author

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


'packed with tips, technical advice, easy-to-follow illustrations and rhythms' The Sun

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