Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele

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  1. photo_artiste says:
    59 of 62 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I Like This Book!, March 31, 2009
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    This review is from: Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele (Sheet music)

    This book is not for beginners one wrote…depends on how you define a beginner? If you have a basic understanding of the ‘Ukulele and have learned some cords and strumming techniques and have at smallest amount a basic understanding of how to read music (although this helps it is not necessary) and are patient then stretch your wings and go for it.

    I started playing about 8 months ago and using this book about 2 months ago and it is the only book I use right now and will doubtless be effective my way through it for several more months.

    It taught me how to read TABLETURE a necessity for ‘Uke or Guitar song books and with the understanding of the rhythm of musical notation (the CD can exchange this although I have not used it yet) I am simply effective my way through each song and getting it down about 50-60% then tender on the the next. Then the next day I warm up with a song I have down, practice the one I have down somewhat and start into the next and run through it a few time clumsily. Then continue in this try out and depending on the difficulty of the song I find it takes me anywhere from a a few days to a few weeks to really get a song down.

    I live Hawai’i and like the instrument and it heritage and relationship to the fantastic culture I live in but I grew up on the mainland, playing guitar and see the instrument for what it is and it is a gorgeous instrument that you can play lead blues on or whatever else you want to and to really get familiar with the fretboard and how to ‘Fingerstyle Solo’ as the title of the book suggests this book is the best I have come across so far. I have several book and DVD’s and at this stage of my self-teaching this book is the best teaching tool in my pool and most used…I can’t recommend it enough!

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  2. Keith R. Snyder says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very helpful and simple to follow, July 8, 2008
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    Keith R. Snyder (Houghton, MI) –
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    My uke playing up ’til now has been strumming. This book has many tunes of all sorts of styles, progressing from simpler to harder. I like the mix of Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian pieces. Right now I’m at the stage of culture each song as written, but because some songs appear a couple of times with different degrees of technicality and style, it will help me to better know how to play other songs using these techniques and expand my repertoire. It is such a gorgeous instrument and simple to play, and I really want to get past the level of being able to strum by the side of on some songs, and this is a book to really help. I only wish there were a few more slack-key songs in it. The CD that is included not only is helpful in culture the songs, but I play it in my office as nice music to just take note to. I highly recommend Fingerstyle Solos.

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  3. Loni Simone says:
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
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    Fantastic uke music, July 17, 2009
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    If you’re into fingerstyle solos, and you want to apply it to the ukulele, this book is for you. Since I already play fingerstyle with guitar and banjo, it helps I know, but the uke is such a user-friendly instrument I reckon a beginner can be playing songs in small time. Start off with the ancient pet ‘first song’, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Small Star’ to get you ready, and then to folk tunes and Hawaiian tunes that you really want to play on the uke. Tabs will help the non-musical notation reader. The companion CD will help you get familiar with the tunes and is just fantastic to take note to.

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