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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; Pap/Com edition (Aug. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047097799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470977996
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'packed with tips, technical advice, easy-to-follow illustrations and rhythms' The Sun

From the Back Cover

From simple chord progressions to rock solos – your ultimate guide to becoming a ukulele hero!

If you're among the tens of thousands of people who have fallen victim to the ukulele fever epidemic that's sweeping the globe, this book is the cure. Clinically tested and expert-approved, Ukulele For Dummies is the quick, painless way to satisfy your insatiable desire to play the ukulele.

  • Get to know your uke – get the lowdown on everything you need to know about buying, stringing, tuning and maintaining your ukulele

  • Start playing – take advantage of clear, step-by-step instructions on holding, strumming and picking basics, illustrated withdetailed photos

  • Build your skills – chord charts, strumming patterns and tons of instructions make it easier than ever to learn basic and advanced techniques for playing backup rhythms, solo melodies, improvisational riffs and chord/melody combinations like a pro

  • Aloha mahn – special chapters cover how to play reggae and 'Jawaiian', as well as rock and punk, blues, Hawaiian, classical and other popular musical styles

  • Listen and learn – hone your uke-playing skills with the help of audio tracks of the examples found in the book

Open the book and find:

  • A complete buying guide for the novice

  • How to string, tune and repair your uke

  • Chord charts and strumming patterns

  • Crystal-clear photo illustrations

  • Step-by-step instructions

  • Basic and advanced playing techniques

  • How to play in a multitude of popular styles

  • Audio tracks of examples from the book

Audio CD includes

The musical examples from the book so you can play along

Exercises to help you build your skills

Learn to:

  • Play the ukulele right away – no experience required

  • Master various chords and strumming patterns

  • Play rock, punk, blues, reggae and standards

Stretch your skills with the bonus CD


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George on July 8 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been looking for a ukulele book since I got my uke two years back
This one is by far the best uke book out there
I wouldn't even call other books books, they all have standard intro page with a uke picture, finger numbers and basics of standard notation and then they list various chords (from easy to hard) accompanied with relevant song chords. They all have very little text inside and I don't get how they are different from just compilations of song chords. Some of those "books" have just song tablatures which makes me wonder how my ability to remember particular tablature makes me a better uke player.
"Ukulele for Dummies" is COMPLETELY different business. it's a real book.
It has a lot of details, recommendations, tips and really good learning progression with very extensive explanations.

PROS:
1. The only REAL self learning book on uke
2. Good thought-through learning progression
3. Various styles presented ( Rock, Blues, Hawaiian, Reggae etc. )
4. Really works ( I could make my first arrangement on uke after one week with this book )

CONS:
1. Abound with slightly annoying jokes of "..for Dummies" style ( that's "Dummies" signature, just ignore it )
2. Very good for complete beginners but doesn't cover sufficiently chords-melody style of arrangement
3. Doesn't have enough exercises and practice recommendations

But all in all this is the only book which is actually taking you somewhere with this instrument
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim B on Feb. 29 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the better uke books out there since it covers the basics thru fingerpicking to specific styles. You don't get a book you grow out of in a couple of months. The song choice however is very lame. Most of the tunes I've never heard of and this makes them difficult to play (not knowing the melody). And some of the music/tabs are printed way too small to read with the book sitting on a music stand. There's no excuse for this. Finally this is my first "for Dummies" book and their cutsie section titles gets tired very fast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenren on May 29 2012
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Ukulele for Dummies is perfect for beginners love it and i suggest to anyone to purchase this its great and very helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Stiebel on July 26 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been playing a year and found lots of great tips that helped / position of my thumb was wrong- little things make a big difference.
The audio tracks are fine. Not as sophisticated as ukulele exercises ( awesome book - dummies series)
Everyone can pickup tips and improved their playing. Some of the songs are good ones you will actually play too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mkoudis on Dec 23 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I've found yet for learning to play the ukulele - easy and thorough - a must have!
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By Carolle Allen on May 29 2014
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Very good instruction. Very clear and easy to use. I would certainly highly recommend it to others who are just beginning to try to master the instrument.
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