I've been asked more than a few times to reccommend which books to start with. This can best be addressed by a series of questions that I would typically ask.
This is usually followed by me determining what level are you at in your development? This can vary depending on where you are at in your current development with chords, single note playing, knowledge of music theory, etc...
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Save off the printed version and get it right away.
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All book sizes are 8.5" x 11" unless noted and music stand friendly, "lay flat" coil binding.
At 4 1/4" v 5 1/2" size, this mini book on learning the ukulele fingerboard will finally get the names of the pesky notes under control.
Beyond knowing the names of the open strings most ukulele players find it hard to learn the whole fingerboard.
If your goal is to finally learn the names of the notes on the ukulele fingerboard. Then "Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard" is your answer. "Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - D Tuning" has a step by step approach to finally mastering the ukulele fingerboard.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-023-2 Published: September 2009 Pages 20
Beyond learning basic Ukulele chords most players struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called “jazz” chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music.
A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer. Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the complexity of Ukulele chord voicings.
If your goal is to expand your chord vocabulary, A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele is your answer.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-8-9 Published: March 2003 Pages 70
An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player. This material can be used to develop the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing.
Material includes: Scales, Intervals, Arpeggios and Sequences, the source material for improvisation.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-010-2 Published: July 2004 Pages 68
Major, minor, diminished and augmented arpeggios fingerings in all keys for D tuned ukuleles.
Tunings: D low or high “A” - (ADF#B or aDF#B).
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-015-7 Published: November 2004 Pages 98
You already know more than you think!
A guide to transferring the accumulated experience and knowledge gained as a guitar player to the ukulele.
Covers chords, scales, reading and the three most common ukulele tunings.
Tunings: C, G, or D Tunings. Low or high string four variations.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-001-0 Published: July 2006 Pages 98
Learn a variety of strums and rhythmic patterns in wide range of musical styles.
One of the first skills a ukulele player learns is the art and craft of strumming, playing rhythm. This refers to an accompaniment technique suitable for the singer, singer - songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.
Strumming requires a specific set of skills:
It's this 3rd skill that is our focus in A Guide to Ukulele Strums and Rhythmic Patterns.
Though strumming looks natural to the casual observer, it is anything but natural to the beginning ukulele player. Even experienced players have difficulty in identifying and executing certain strums. Though this is one of those topics that is typically taken for granted, there is much to learn about rhythmic feels, accents, dynamics, strum direction, feel, percussive accents, idiomatic styles and tempo variation.
First and foremost, the subject of strumming is inseparably linked to rhythm. Though an ability to read rhythm is helpful, it's not necessary to profit from this material.
Each strum is identified with a term that differentiates it from every other strum. This term is typically called a 'feel'. Drummers learn these terms early in their studies so learning this language is not only helpful to learning the strums, it's also helpful with communications among musicians in general and drummers in particular.
The strums in this book work in any tuning or instrument. Chord examples shown for ukuleles in C tuning.
One strum is different from another based on the stroke direction, the stroke density, the subdivision of the beat and the accent pattern.
Strums covered include: Quarter Note, Sustain, Rock, Light Rock, 12/8, Shuffle, Power Shuffle, Double Time, Gallop, Flowing 3/4, Ska, Bass Note Patterns, 3/4, Reggae and Broken Patterns
ISBN-13: 78-1-60321-019-5 Published: July 2008 Pages 28
Learn the principles to navigating the ukulele* fingerboard.
Fingering is one of the most universal topics. Whether your style is Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz or Classical, these principles will improve your technique, your solos, even your sight reading.
Think of fingering as a series of pathways. When you learn to connect these pathways, there are benefits not only to technique but also to creativity. All fingering on the ukulele can be reduced to 6 principles of motion. Each principle has physical and musical characteristics that you can use to improve your playing.
* The fingering principles in the books are suitable for ANY ukulele tuning.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-041-6 Published: March 2006 Pages 42
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Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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