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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; Pap/Dwn edition (April 23 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118506855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118506851
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.6 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Improve your ukulele playing — fast! — with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes

You got yourself a ukulele and taught yourself to play a passable 'Happy Birthday,' but now you're ready to take it to the next level. You've come to the right place. This exercise book is your ticket to becoming a bona fide ukulele hero. It supplies expert tips, tricks and plenty of jammin' exercises that will have you strumming and picking your way through everything from the classic ukulele tunes to cool jazz progressions, intricate instrumental pieces and blues riffs like a pro — in no time. And if you're brand-new to the uke, you'll find a lot to like here as well.

  • Brush up on the fundamentals — discover how to hold your ukulele; play common chords; read ukulele notation and tab, chord diagrams, neck diagrams, and rhythm charts
  • Start practising on the right foot — shorten your learning curve with pre-practice warm-ups, including finger- and hand-stretches, breathing exercises, and strength-building exercises
  • Do some serious strumming — strengthen your rhythm, timing and ability to find the right pattern for any song, or even transform simple strumming patterns into sweet improvs
  • Become a power-picker — master rhythmic fingerpicking songs and solo fingerstyle pieces with exercises that quickly improve speed, flexibility, and fluidity
  • Master the fretboard — learn to build major and minor scales across the neck of the ukulele, build chords in different positions up, and down the fretboard and craft slick solos in rock, blues and jazz styles

Audio download includes

Over an hour and a half of audio featuring the exercises and songs from the book — so you can hear exactly how they should sound

Open the book and find:

  • Hundreds of exercises in various keys, tempos and styles
  • Strumming exercises from common chord changes to advanced techniques
  • Scales and scale sequences
  • Picking patterns and exercises that build speed and confidence
  • Ways to apply the techniques and tricks you learn to play actual songs
  • Warm up exercises that make learning faster and easier
  • Tips on performing before an audience

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.


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I first learned to strum about a year ago, using Brett McQueen’s lesson series from his [...]. I would recommend Ukulele Exercises for Dummies to anyone who wants to improve his/her ukulele playing! The book, with its online audio tracks, is designed for ukuleles in Standard tuning. It is NOT a “basic chords for ukulele” book. This is a practice book: the more you do the exercises, listening to and playing along with the audio tracks, the better you will get. The clarity of the exercises and descriptions is outstanding. Strumming, Fingerpicking and Fretboard theory and practice are covered comprehensively. You can choose the topic that you want to focus on, head directly to the appropriate chapter, and start there. Or, you can work on a few strumming exercises, a few fingerpicking exercises, and a few scales, moving on when you’re ready. You set the pace. The familiar “for Dummies” format of the book makes it easy to navigate, and it’s easy to match text with the appropriate audio track. I have already learned so much by using this new book for just a few weeks. If you want to be a better ukulele player, and you are willing to put in the practice time, this book is an essential for your ukulele library.
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I love this book except for the size of the music ledger lines and tabs on these lines which in places are extremely small in size and considering the amount of wasted paper in the book they could have been made much easier to see. Be aware that like myself a lot of older uke players need a little more in the print size, but I think even if I were younger this would still be a challenge to read and keep track of where you actually were on the page. That being said I really do like the book and the audio files that go with it. A CD would have been a little better to have since I like to listen to all the music over and over on my system without having to select the next piece. The listening helps the playing since I get so that I recognize if I get it right or not. The exercises are really great and have helped a lot to improve my strumming. Brett's style of presenting the material is that of an an excellent teacher. Thanks.
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Excellent information in this book. Would recommend any information from Brett McQUEEN
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Excellent instruction which is clearly set out. Well worth purchasing. Easy to use. Very pleased with the purchase. I would recommend to others.
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Very good learning tool..would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn ukulele.
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