The ukulele

The  ukulele Author Jim Tranquada
ISBN-10 0824835441
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 282
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This is the first fully documented account of the history of the Ukulele as an iconic element of Hawaiian culture. The authors discuss the evolution of ukulele as a musical instrument from the origin in Madeira Island and also its central role in the diffusion of Hawaiian music in the United States. The work goes much beyond the usual ukulele as collectible approach and places the instrument in its social, political, and cultural contexts of Western Europe, Hawaii, and the US Mainland.

The Ukulele Handbook

The Ukulele Handbook Author Gavin Pretor-Pinney
ISBN-10 9781408836293
Release 2013
Pages 144
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The ukulele has gone from strength to strength in recent years, undergoing a massive resurgence. You can hear the uke all over the place, from trendster indie rock to top ten pop songs, from unshakeable TV ads to YouTube megahits. And this obsession shows no sign of abating - all over the country people are picking up a ukulele and starting to strum, at home, in classes and down at the pub. Schools are even replacing the faithful recorder with a jazzy, inexpensive uke. Famous idlers Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson have spent hours idling away on their ukuleles to produce the ultimate uke handbook: an illustrated guide to its history crossed with a how-to guide and songbook. This is the book that will bring the underground movement into the mainstream. The first half of the book delves into the rich history of this eccentric little instrument, from its birth in Hawaii to its popularity across the world, with a timeline from 1879 to today and a ukulele hall of fame that includes George Formby, Hawaiian legend Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and YouTube ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro. Then on to the practicalities: the anatomy of the ukulele, which uke to buy, how to play it, how to strum, pick, read chord charts and tune the strings. Once you know all this, you can get playing the songbook, which includes a wide spread of songs from medieval lays and nursery rhymes to blues and rock 'n roll. Beautiful presentation and tab notation make reading the music easy, even for beginners. With the highest production values, a light touch and an irresistible instrument at centre stage, this book is a must-have for all aspiring Formbys.

The Ukulele

The Ukulele Author Jim Beloff
ISBN-10 0879307587
Release 2003
Pages 127
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(Book). The Ukulele A Visual History is a fun, photo-filled look at the ongoing story of this diminutive instrument. This revised edition includes a new chapter on recent pop-culture visibility, new photos, and updated information throughout. It features breathtaking color photographs of the finest and most unique ukuleles, the history of the ukulele, the greatest players, the great makers, and the uke in popular culture. Beautifully designed and presented in a deluxe hardcover edition ... uke can't go wrong with this book!

How to Pick and Strum the Ukulele

How to Pick and Strum the Ukulele Author Hideo M. Kimura
ISBN-10 0917822358
Release 2004-10-01
Pages 72
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Heeday Kimura's best seller since 1974. You'll learn how to tune your uke (short for ukulele) both by mechanical means--pitch pipe, piano, and even by ear. You'll learn fast with the hand-lettered instructions for easy reading and clearly illustrated pictures so you know exactly where to place your fingers, how to keep time, which string to pick, and what chords to strum. And you'll apply these skills to songs like London Bridge, Lightly Row, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Ol' Smokey, Long, Long Ago (in the Key of C), When The Saints Go Marching In, Shortnin' Bread, Caissons Go Rolling, Jingle Bells, Clementine, Down In The Valley, Home On The Range, and more!

Famous Solos and Duets for the Ukulele

Famous Solos and Duets for the Ukulele Author JOHN KING
ISBN-10 9781610651455
Release 2010-12-17
Pages 48
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Famous Solos and Duets for the Ukulele presents ukulele music as you have never seen or heard it before. an anthology of pieces selected from the earliest known methods and collections published for the ukulele between 1909 and 1920, Famous Solos and Duets is newly engraved in both standard notation and tablature and contains extensive fingering and performance instructions.Edited, arranged, and performed by ukulele virtuoso and historian John King, this collection makes the original, classic repertoire of this charming little instrument available to the public for the first time in nearly a century. the Preface, informative and thoroughly researched, places the ukulele and its music in historical context, from its early days in Hawai'i, to its widespread popularity on the Mainland. Showcasing pieces which are both challenging and beautiful, Early Solos and Duets features the music of Queen Lili'uokalani, King Kalakaua, Ernest Ka'ai, Henry Kailimai, George Awai, George Kia Nahaolelua, N. B. Bailey and Vadah Olcott Bickford. Also included in Early Solos and Duets are invaluable instructions for the different styles of strumming as played by the Father of the ukulele, Ernest Ka'ai. the CD contains all 22 pieces expertly performed by Mr. King.

Fun with the Ukulele

Fun with the Ukulele Author MEL BAY
ISBN-10 9781609747640
Release 2015-06-04
Pages 40
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Presents tuning, proper positioning, basic chords (C tuning) and folk songs for strumming and singing. Very easy to comprehend, even for the absolute beginner. the book teaches rhythm accompaniment in several meters. Each song includes lyrics and a suggested strumming pattern. A companion video is available and recommended to ensure accuracy and ease of learning.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Playing the Ukulele

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Playing the Ukulele Author David Hodge
ISBN-10 9781101584774
Release 2012-07-18
Pages 288
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Whether you want to play a few simple melodies or jam with other musicians, this helpful guide gives you the surest path from start to success.

The Ukulele

The Ukulele Author Denis Gilbert
ISBN-10 0972879501
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 140
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At Step by Step guide on making the Hawaiian Ukulele.Supported with over 170 photographs


Ukulele Author Daniel Dixon
ISBN-10 9781423618126
Release 2014-07-30
Pages 144
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These days the ukulele is experiencing a revolution-both as a valid instrument that can sweetly transform pop music and rock and roll, and as the focus of dozens of clubs springing up across the world. Ukulele! brings the "uke" world to light, exposing its colorful history, quirky characters, and irresistible charm. Dozens of colorful photos and ephemera make Ukulele! as fun to look at as it is to read. Celebrate the history of the ukulele and the unique culture that surrounds it in Ukulele by Daniel Dixon with Dixie Dixon and Jayne McKay. Ukulele explores the spiritual quality that brings people together by discussing the colorful characters that have been drawn to the instrument over the years. Daniel Dixon traces its origins in Hawaii and illustrates how it traveled to the mainland U.S. and became such a popular instrument. Ukulele also showcases the best of the early players such as Cliff Edwards as well as the most popular contemporary uke players like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Jake Shimabukuro.

The Uke Book Illustrated

The Uke Book Illustrated Author John Weissenrieder
ISBN-10 1940611148
Release 2015-02-15
Pages 160
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The story of The Uke Book Illustrated begins in the workshop of Master Luthier John Weissenrieder. He has been building classical guitars for over 15 years. Sarah Greenbaum, a painter from New York, met John in Italy and expressed her fascination and interest in the construction of musical instruments. Over a couple of cappuccinos, an idea sparked: to create a beautifully illustrated book about how a musical instrument is made. Not just a manual, but also an artistically conceived and executed book that portrays the poetry and mystery of this ancient trade, showing innumerable practical aspects of the preparation and selection of materials, assembly and construction, the tools and jigs, and how to approach the work. Fundamentally, The Uke Book Illustrated is about the process of the construction of a ukulele. But what makes it so special, and so groundbreaking in the woodworking and craft category, is that it clearly explains every step of the process through concise notes and informative drawings in the format of a graphic novel. Anyone who wants to use this book as a guide or manual, will be able to proceed chapter by chapter and drawing by drawing during the realization of his or her own instrument. Anyone wanting to gain insight into how a musical instrument is made will appreciate the clear and informative line drawings and the beautiful watercolor illustrations that fill every page of The Uke Book Illustrated. In the end, this book is not just for crafters and woodworkers, but for musicians, artists, and anyone who enjoys a good story or is fascinated by the process of creating something with one s own hands"

The Ukulele Entertainer

The Ukulele Entertainer Author Ralph Shaw
ISBN-10 9781623092016
Release 2011-12-12
Pages 178
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Be the Best “Ukulele Entertainer” You Can Be! Could your playing, singing or onstage banter use a little fine-tuning? All string instrument performers will benefit from this practical, informative book. Going far beyond other ukulele publications, this helpful guide shows the aspiring ukulele star of any age how to: • Put strings on a ukulele, correctly • Play three styles of triplet strum • Know where to look when you sing • Tackle nerves and stage fright • Start and run a ukulele club • Remember lyrics and sing on pitch • Create a killer set list, and much, much more Learn from a seasoned pro how to relax and improvise, introduce more dynamics into your playing, even—just for fun—how to make ukulele wine! You’ll get some lessons in musical history and be royally entertained by the “King of the Ukulele” himself. Welcome to The Ukulele Entertainer, a book to help ukulele players with their playing and performance skills. This book shows all levels of ukulele player how to play better and includes tips on improving your chances of success when you get out in front of an audience. Much of the information is also useful for other musicians and entertainers who are not ukulele players. The pieces have been placed in sections. Since this is a book primarily for ukulele players, the most obvious category would be advice on how to play the ukulele. But, surprisingly perhaps, Ralph doesn't dwell on the playing of the instrument as much as you might expect. Achieving excellence as an entertainer or musical performer requires knowledge and sets of skills far beyond musical techniques. How often has the ukulele player come up against stage fright or wondered where in the audience to look while singing? Therefore, numerous pages are dedicated to the teaching of performance ability. Most ukulele players are singers too. Singing looks so easy when done well. But only those who have persistently devoted themselves to the improvement of vocal technique understand how the playing of a stringed instrument is less than half the battle. Becoming a better singer is a big part of the ukulele player’s education, so you’ll find chapters to help with singing on pitch and the delivery of lyrics. Ralph Shaw's writing comes across in the same terms as his performances. Elements of humour, storytelling and whimsy woven throughout. These flashes of pattern and colour will help the reader to absorb and remember the lessons. You’ll also find the occasional chapter that won’t help you improve either your playing or performance abilities. However, you will learn how to make an undrinkable wine from an old ukulele, partake in the joys of making music through the eyes and ears of a fifteen-year-old girl, and discover “Sithee,” the Yorkshire equivalent of the Hawaiian word “Aloha.” You may choose to think of these pieces as moments of inspirational literature. If you don’t, and instead you view them as items of pointless frivolity, then one should ask, If we can’t be allowed some time and space for reckless self-abandon, then why are we playing the ukulele in the first place?

Ukulele Heaven Songs from the Golden Age of the Ukulele

Ukulele Heaven   Songs from the Golden Age of the Ukulele Author IAN WHITCOMB
ISBN-10 9781619116047
Release 2016-05-31
Pages 108
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A wonderful tribute to the ukulele and its leading advocates, past and present.Contains seventeen classics and eight new tunes as well as an in-depth historical essay illustrated with original sheet music covers. Classic selections include: Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go with Friday on Saturday Night?; All That I Ask of You Is Love; They're Wearing 'Em Higher in Hawaii; Sierra Sue; Any Time; Pasadena; Somebody Stole My Gal; Blue; and more. All tunes are shown with complete lyrics and chord diagrams. Includes a select discography of audio's featuring ukulele artists and a list of uke web sites. Most of the songs heard in the feature film Stanley's Gig (2000) starring Faye Dunaway can be found in this book. Includes access toonline audio

The Daily Ukulele Songbook

The Daily Ukulele  Songbook Author Jim Beloff
ISBN-10 9781458426185
Release 2016-12-01
Pages 336
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(Ukulele). Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing. Includes favorites by the Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan, folk songs, pop songs, kids' songs, Christmas carols and Broadway and Hollywood tunes, all with a spiral binding for ease of use. Also features a Tips & Techniques section, chord chart, and vintage ukulele-themed photos and art throughout. The Daily Ukulele offers ukulele fun all year long!

The First Step How to Play the Ukulele and Ukulele Banjo

The First Step   How to Play the Ukulele and Ukulele Banjo Author Lew Stern
ISBN-10 9781473359574
Release 2016-08-26
Pages 42
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This early work by Lew Stern was originally published in 1921 and we are now republishing it. 'The First Step - How to play the Ukulele and Ukulele Banjo' is an easy to follow instruction book that contains information on tuning, strumming, chords, and other tips for playing the instrument. This is a great work for all those wishing to learn a tune on the Ukelele.

Fun with the Ukulele

Fun with the Ukulele Author
ISBN-10 9780871664655
Release 1961
Pages 40
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Presents tuning, proper positioning, basic chords (C tuning) and folk songs for strumming and singing. Very easy to comprehend, even for the absolute beginner. The book teaches rhythm accompaniment in several meters. Each song includes lyrics and a suggested strumming pattern. A companion CD and video are available and either is recommended to ensure accuracy and ease of learning.

It s Ukulele Time

It s Ukulele Time Author Ron Manus
ISBN-10 9781470616052
Release 2013-10-23
Pages 24
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This simple and effective approach to learning the ukulele will get you playing right away. Start with the absolute basics like holding the instrument and in no time, you’ll have fun strumming the chords to all-time favorite songs. Melodies and lyrics are included, so you can sing along with friends and family or play duets with other musicians. The clear layout, large illustrations, and detailed photos make learning easy. Whether you are teaching yourself or learning with others, this is the best introduction to playing the ukulele. Songs include "Aloha Oe," "Clementine," "Down in the Valley," "Over the Rainbow," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and more!

Ukulele for Beginners

Ukulele for Beginners Author Will Grove-White
ISBN-10 9781844038190
Release 2014-10-20
Pages 192
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Interested in the ukulele and want to learn how to play it? This is the book for you. This all-encompassing guide to the ukulele is written by Will Grove-White, one of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Clearly written, beautifully designed, and chock-full of photos and illustrations, Get Plucky With the Ukulele is the perfect teach-yourself ukulele book for adults and children alike, and a must for anyone with an interest in the instrument. - No knowledge of music required - Clearly written and easy to understand - Full colour photographic illustrations - Chords to learn and songs to strum - Simple and advanced strumming techniques - Pull-out Chord Dictionary - Tips and tricks for writing your own songs - How to play in a group - Play along with the songs online Also includes: - A complete history of the ukulele - Biographies of great uke players from past and present - Ukulele revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong, Elvis Presley and more...