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As anew ukulele owner I thought this book would be the ideal tutor book. It was a severe disappointment. We get authors history as ukulele owner, lots of photographs of various musicians with their instrument. Page 109 a very loose approach to tuning and then one chord song. Dreadful as route into playing this little instrument,
I already have this book under the title of 'Get Plucky with the Ukulele'. That's right, this is exactly the same book, just with a different title and cover. On opening the book, I discovered that every page is the 'Get Plucky' book repackaged. Now I have no complaint about the content: There is much fascinating and entertaining history of the instrument and a simple fun guide to playing uke. It is a fabulous book, whichever title you pick up. I'm only dropping a star because I think it's a little bit cheeky to simply put a different cover around the same pages to presumably sell it as another book. Tut Tut to whoever had this idea...... Still, it's a joyful book nonetheless.
As a complete beginner, I assumed that the book being called 'Ukulele for beginners' meant that it would be of good use. The title of the book should in fact be called 'The entire history of the Ukulele with a couple of pages at the back showing you the basics'. It wasn't what I expected at all. Personally, I just wanted to play my Uke, not read about it. I looked at the book once and it's stayed on the shelf ever since.
Brilliant! Written by the amazing Will Grove-White of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, this book is superb. If you only buy one uke book, this is the one to get! It is packed with useful info for all levels of uke playing, and it is full of Will’s witty one-liners and hilarious comments. Visually, it is very appealing with useful diagrams and some songs to sing along with (there are links to Will’s website). There are also interesting sections about uke history. I absolutely love this book.
This is clearly a very popular book indeed, and we love it! Many of our family & friends who are into ukuleles will be getting this for Birthday/Christmas/whatever... But... A word of warning from reading all the other reviews - it seems to be unanimous that the Kindle edition does not work well on the Kindle-slab itself - reportedly OK on the Kindle App when installed on something more substantial. We loved everything about the book - it's a mini-encyclopedia of all things Ukulele - the fascinating history and personalities who have played and promoted the Uke particularly interested me. Jimi Hendrix started with a ukulele! Who'd have thought it? So very many fine reviews have already been written that (to save your time) I'll recommend the one by my new friend "Urbanmeister" whose review immediately persuaded me to buy this excellent book. ....................What he said!................. <grin> Strongly recommended for anyone who enjoys the ukulele, or just thinks they might.
But not a bad read and at current sale price its good value. Contains lots of interesting stuff about the ukelele and is a good general intro but contains too few songs to learn. I was disappointed at first until I came across Robert Johnsons "Hot tamales" which gave me a real sense of satisfaction.
Useful but not on its own you will need a better range of songs in a more focussed book. Still, no one book does it all that I have found.
Downloaded to my Kindle but it is very difficult to read. The text is tiny so I have to expand it and constantly move around the page. Half of the book is about how great the author is and famous players meaning I quickly lost interest. You have to wade through a large number of boring pages to get to any hint of how to play the uke. Not at all what I expected
This book contains all things ukulele. Its a history book, its a beginners tutor and more. It also has a very useful chord chart to pull out. It is written with a great sense of humour and he is not afraid to send himself, or the uke up. Although Ive been playing for a while, I still found this very inspiring and learned a lot about the instrument. It is simply a very enjoyable read.