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Ukulele for Dummies (For Dummies)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  225 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 360 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by For Dummies
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Mike Hill
Thought it would be fun to learn to play the Ukulele.

The first few chapters were very helpful, and got me off to a good start learning the basic chords. It had a few good songs in it. I especially liked learning to play the chords to "House of the Rising Sun."

After I got the basics, I ended up transitioning to Youtube videos to learn strum patterns and new songs/chords.

The middle to end of book gets into some more advanced stuff, like picking out the melody while playing chords. I'm too fossiliz
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Jeanne
Oct 11, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was ok
I've never been a fan of the "Dummies" books. This book has some good information, but the format is lacking. There is a little of everything and not enough of anything to really get going. I wouldn't recommend it.
Sarah
Feb 03, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Oddly, this is probably the uke book I use the most, even though I don't like the tone of the writing and find the format lacking (the organization of all Dummies books are the same, even when it doesn't make sense for the subject).
Stretto
Apr 16, 2015 Stretto rated it really liked it
This goes in to some depth of playing on the Uke. A lot may be beyond an absolute beginner but will be a continual resource as they develop.
J R
Jun 03, 2016 J R rated it it was amazing
Great book for that newbie to the ukulele.
Melanie
Sep 06, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ukulele
This book was so much fun to read and play from. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the ukulele. Lots of great information about buying and maintaining a uke and the history of ukes, but my favorite part was that Alistair Wood teaches how to play different styles of music on the ukulele. Comes with an audio track so you can hear him play the examples. As the copy I read came from my library, I hope to obtain a personal copy of this book very soon to use as a reference and to improve ...more
Ravencrantz
May 03, 2013 Ravencrantz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is super useful and easy to read.

It came with a companion CD so you can compare what you're playing to how it's supposed to sound and it's probably the best thing besides a personal instructor. I actually got the basics down within an hour, including how long it took to figure out how to tune it.

If anyone out there wants to learn how to play the ukulele, check this book out :D
Krollo
Sep 28, 2013 Krollo rated it it was amazing
Amazing beginner's guide, took me from never having played the uke before to playing pop songs within literally two hours, and now three weeks later I'm just starting my YouTube channel. I skipped bits of no interest to me and it's not as chock-full of pieces like others, but great for skills, beginner to advanced.
Helen
Mar 22, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
I'm 20% done with Ukulele for Dummies: As recommended in the introduction, I am not reading this book in order. I headed for the care and maintenance chapter first and hit a few others before going back to chapter 1.

Done with the reading, the rest is reference and practice.
Angie
Dec 26, 2013 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this was a good introduction to chords and strumming for Uke. I'd have liked the full songs instead of just the first stanza and chorus so that practicing would have felt more like singing a full song. Makes me want to take lessons.
Katie
Jul 09, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is accessible and interesting. It includes videos and audio files that really help you learn how to play. I have it on my nook and it wasn't too expensive.
Aina
Apr 18, 2015 Aina rated it it was amazing
Helpful ^^
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