Synopses & Reviews
This book will teach you basic playing techniques for the ukulele. No prior musical experience is assumed. You will learn how to hold the instrument, position the hands, strumming techniques, basic chords and beyond. The enclosed CD guides you through a series of exercises, which are organized in a progressive fashion (practicing one strum and slowly building to more complicated rhythmic patterns). The CD also includes a variety of charming songs that you will be able to strum along with (starting with one/two chords and progressing on to more complex). Encouraging tips are included as well as fun/interesting trivia and sidebars about the ukulele. Music theory is included, but the emphasis is on getting up to speed and on with the fun of playing quickly.
With the help of this book and companion CD, anyone can learn to play the ukulele overnight.
About the Author
Bill Plant is a woodworker from Australia where he has taught furniture design, joinery and general woodworking at a local college (Goulburn Ovens TAFE). He also teaches private classes. He has been published in Australian Wood Review, Australian Woodworker, Practical Woodworking (UK), Good Woodworking UK) and IO magazine. He has written brochures for Mitre 10 (an Australian hardware chain). He has a degree in fine arts including photography and has studied writing. He has taught over 300 people how to play the ukulele and has started several ukulele groups. When he is not surfing in South Australia or touring the desert, tropical rain forests, beaches and reefs you'll find him in his shop playing or making ukuleles.
Table of Contents
Introduction About this Book About the Teachers/Authors How to Use this Book A Brief History of the Ukulele Types of Ukuleles Buying a Ukulele Holding the Ukulele Parts of the Ukulele Tuning the Ukulele Time Signatures Strumming The C Scale Tablature Picking Practice Ukulele groups Chord Families Bar Chords First, Second and Third Chords Position Playing the Songs if the CD 12 Bar Blues Chord Charts