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dskids
01-15-2015, 09:48 AM
Hello, I'm really looking for a set of intermediate to advanced songs to play.

Most songbooks I have seen simply show the chord, the lyrics, and the notes of the vocal melody (with no tab, just chord charts). Nothing wrong with this "strum and sing" format, but I want to play a more advanced style.

What I want is a book of songs that that are fully tabbed out, intended for solo uke, where the music stands on its own (i.e. no singing required). Fingerstyle or a mix of individual melody and the occasional strum (is this chord melody?) is fine.

Does anyone know of a book that meets these requirements?

I was looking at the Lyle Ritz Jazz book but it seems to be more like the first example I mentioned, just strumming with challenging and frequent chord changes.

janeray1940
01-15-2015, 09:55 AM
So, you're looking for uke tab, basically. There is a lot less of it out there than strum-and-sing material, but it does exist. Here's an Amazon search to get you started (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=solo+ukulele).

As for the Lyle Ritz books - there are several. The orange cover one is strum and sing; the Lyle Lite book referenced in the linked search is chord melody + notes. John King and Tony Mizen have classical books that are no singing required. Fred Sokolow's blues, bluegrass, and fingerstyle books are as well.

Also - you could use the chords from the strum and sing books to start learning to make your own arrangements. I do this - it's time consuming, but fun.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you find anything really interesting out there; I'm always on the lookout for more.

dskids
01-15-2015, 10:12 AM
janeray, thanks for the response. I appreciate the search results, but I am most interested in the particular suggestions you provided. It helps to be able to explain exactly what you want to someone who is in the know. I just wish there was a store somewhere that had all these books so I could just flip through real quick before buying.:D

Brian1
01-15-2015, 11:21 AM
THere are not very many books for sale that have ukulele music written out that way. The Ukulele Way method has a website that teaches reading musical notes so you could take arrangements for piano etc.. and play them on the ukulele. I have used "easy piano" arrangements with chords for guitar and added melody notes to the the chords.

But because there is a lack of published material there are many websites that offer the material free of charge that individuals have arranged for themselves and share it with other hobbyists. To find the songs you want you might want to search google for - Ukulele Tab for ~name of song you are looking for~ and if you like the Beatles you are probably going to have enough material to keep you busy for a long, long time. You can also search words like "ukulele solo" or Ukulele Melody for the songs you are looking for.

what type of music are you looking to play ? and what skill level are you comfortable with ?

Kayak Jim
01-15-2015, 11:31 AM
A lot of Ukulele Mike Lynch's material is chord melody/ solos and some are free on his website so you can get an idea what they are like.

http://allthingsukulele.com/2015/01/11/taking-a-peek-inside-the-chordmelody-ebook-number-one-smile-by-charlie-chaplin-chordmelody-arrangement-by-ukulele-mike-from-the-52-song-chord-melody-ebook/

OregonJim
01-15-2015, 11:31 AM
I just wish there was a store somewhere that had all these books so I could just flip through real quick before buying.:D

Contact your school's music department and find out where they rent their instruments from. Chances are, that store will have a good selection of printed material.

I have half a dozen music stores in my area, but only one of them has a good selection of ukulele books (including all the Fred Sokolow titles that Jane mentioned). It's the store that deals with the schools. You may have to go to a bigger city to find them.

Dan Uke
01-15-2015, 11:38 AM
There are two books that have Jake's stuff and Craig Brandau has a book out too

phrunk
01-15-2015, 11:41 AM
unfortunately, Brian 1 is right. There is not much printed stuff for solo uke around.
that was one of the reasons I started making up my own stuff. check out my website.
maybe some tunes included you are looking for.... just to pass the time until the ukulele
is taken for serious by the publishers ...

katysax
01-15-2015, 11:48 AM
Contact Colin Tribe. http://www.the-musical-ukulele.com/contact/

I bought 800 solo uke tabs from him. You can buy his full set or pick out the ones you want to buy. The easiest ones are about the same level as the most advanced ones from Mike Lynch. Many of the arrangements are excellent. There's a lot there to work with. They are all in pdf format - no book but you can print them if you want.

OregonJim
01-15-2015, 11:53 AM
unfortunately, Brian 1 is right. There is not much printed stuff for solo uke around.
that was one of the reasons I started making up my own stuff. check out my website.


Really? One local music store stocks about 50 titles for ukulele - and not just lead sheet compilations, but full blown instrumental solo scores with sheet music and tabs. Perhaps it's regional, but a quick Amazon search brings up many as well. Certainly not the volume of material we have for guitar, but plenty to keep one busy for quite awhile...

Brian1
01-15-2015, 12:17 PM
Really? One local music store stocks about 50 titles for ukulele - and not just lead sheet compilations, but full blown instrumental solo scores with sheet music and tabs. Perhaps it's regional, but a quick Amazon search brings up many as well. Certainly not the volume of material we have for guitar, but plenty to keep one busy for quite awhile...

Yes, there is some material available, if you don't mind paying money for songs in public domain and available elsewhere for free. As an example a few months ago I went to the local music shop to buy the music for AC/DC highway to hell and they had it listed on their website I got there to find it was simply chord sheets when they advertised tabs. I also would be paying for the entire "AC/DC for Ukulele book had I not stopped by and checked and would have gotten nothing I was looking for for my almost $20.

Looking at the list from Amazon: The Mel Bay book listed first in the Amazon link has the arrangement for "twinkle twinkle" and 26 other songs I have never heard of.

The following book was "clasical Muisc" which is also available for free on the internet, and in public domain. The following book "Jazz Stanards" does not list the songs that are included in the book. After that is another Mel Bay book full of public domain songs. Mostly Hawaiian that I have not heard of. Following that is a book that teaches you how to arrange your own solos. Followed by a book of songs that doesn't list the songs (which are public domain) a book of children's songs (also public domain) and some Holiday songs (public domain)

These books probably all have good arrangements but good arrangements of the same music are also available for less or free. You are correct there is material out there but it is very repetitive. If you want something contemporary you are very lucky to find it in a music store arranged for the ukulele, and if you do find it, the odds of it being an arrangement that is too difficult or too simple are very high.

janeray1940
01-15-2015, 12:17 PM
I just wish there was a store somewhere that had all these books so I could just flip through real quick before buying.:D

I agree, in-person is best, but when that's not an option, Amazon has a "look inside" option that lets you see at least an example of what many of the books contain, such as this John King book (http://www.amazon.com/Mel-Famous-Solos-Duets-Ukulele/dp/0786669152/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1421359993&sr=8-4&keywords=solo+ukulele). And if it turns out to not be what you want, they are great with returns.

I'm actually amazed at how much fingerstyle uke stuff there is published now. When I first started playing, there were the John King books and not much else. Granted, those two books (here's the other one (http://www.amazon.com/John-King-Classical-Ukulele-Masters/dp/0634079794/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421360182&sr=1-7) - no "look inside" option but it's the same format) probably contain enough material to last me the rest of my mortal days, but it's always good to have some variety.

Hippie Dribble
01-15-2015, 12:40 PM
I think you may really enjoy ukulelezaza's two TAB books. Also come with an accompanying DVD. Wonderful player, sweet and full sounding arrangements and simply great songs.

kypfer
01-15-2015, 12:55 PM
dskids wrote:
What I want is a book of songs that that are fully tabbed out, intended for solo uke, where the music stands on its own (i.e. no singing required). Fingerstyle or a mix of individual melody and the occasional strum (is this chord melody?) is fine.

Does anyone know of a book that meets these requirements?


Almost ... but it'd involve learning to read conventional music notation rather than tab, then all you've got to do is look in a music book laid out for a descant recorder (ie. most of them). The recorder's lowest note is a C, just like a ukulele, and only the more advanced stuff goes above A in the second octave, which'll take you up to the 12th fret on the ukulele.

If you feel you really must have tab, there's a whole slew of tunes available in ABC format that can be imported to an appropriate app, utility or program and converted to tab for the ukulele. Tabledit http://www.tabledit.com/ is one I've had experience of, but I believe there are others.

jwieties
01-15-2015, 01:01 PM
I think you may really enjoy ukulelezaza's two TAB books. Also come with an accompanying DVD. Wonderful player, sweet and full sounding arrangements and simply great songs.

Yep, these are fantastic. Great songs that will have you working on a wide variety of picking/strumming techniques.

There is tons of stuff out there free and in print. In addition to Zaza, check out:
http://quietamericanmusic.com/ukuleletabsandvideos/ - has several books available
http://ukulelesecrets.org - some real gold in this one
http://www.daddystovepipe.com - amazing blues ebooks with vids

There are many other excellent books in just about any style that you want to play.

janeray1940
01-15-2015, 01:06 PM
I think you may really enjoy ukulelezaza's two TAB books. Also come with an accompanying DVD. Wonderful player, sweet and full sounding arrangements and simply great songs.

Oh yeah, second those. I bought them here on his Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ukulelezaza) and they shipped to me in California from Belgium in under a week.

brimmer
01-15-2015, 04:00 PM
I also love ukulelezaza's books. You can search ukulelezaza in youtube to see him performs his arrangements, to see if his style suits you. He plays old pop and jazz tunes from the 20‘s and 30s. You can 'look inside' Rob MacKillops uke books on the Mel Bay site, and he can be found on youtube also. I like Rob's Sanz and Celtic books best. For pop tunes, Colin Tribe is great. Tony Mizen's two books are nice, too -baroque and renaissance music. For low G, Craig Brandau has some challenging arrangements of jazz standards from the 40s and 50s. I also like Wilfried Welti's ebooks, at www.ukulelearts.com, with links to youtube vids of his arrangements. Finally, John King's book of Uke Solos and Duets, published by Mel Bay, is great. He offers suggested right and left hand fingerings, a useful bonus. The tunes in his book are turn of the century parlor music, very special music IMO.

The material I mentioned covers a wide range of genres, so your musical tastes will determine what you like. Good luck, and have fun!

philpot
01-15-2015, 04:31 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the plentiful resources Dominator has on his site. Super helpful.

http://dominator.ukeland.com/index2.shtml

bonesoup
01-16-2015, 02:20 AM
unfortunately, Brian 1 is right. There is not much printed stuff for solo uke around.
that was one of the reasons I started making up my own stuff. check out my website.
maybe some tunes included you are looking for.... just to pass the time until the ukulele
is taken for serious by the publishers ...

I like phrunk's tabs (http://www.fingerstyle-rules.de/ukulele-tabs/). I use some in my daily practice.

Here are the free classical tabs on UkeFever (https://sites.google.com/site/tabs4ukes/classical).

And don't forget Corey Fujimoto's sheet music (http://theukulelereview.com/sheet-music-for-instrumental-ukulele/) on the fabulous Ukulele Review.

barefootgypsy
01-16-2015, 03:40 AM
I think you may really enjoy ukulelezaza's two TAB books. Also come with an accompanying DVD. Wonderful player, sweet and full sounding arrangements and simply great songs. Yes, yes, yes! I have both of these and I think they for what you're looking for. Songs and instrumentals, lovely stuff. Available from Etsy. (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Ukulelezaza)

ukeofcarl
01-16-2015, 06:37 AM
Loads of stuff like this on my site - http://ukeofcarl.com

Ukulele Eddie
01-16-2015, 07:59 AM
Check out some of the songbooks from multi-time GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho. There is one that includes the tabs for his excellent instrumental album titled Pulani. His Ukulele Method Complete also sounds like it would fit the bill. Both come with CD of the songs, which I find incredibly helpful.

dskids
01-16-2015, 09:14 AM
Wow, tons of suggestions here!!! thanks everyone. This is like a lifetime of material to check out now haha

ukuleletim
01-16-2015, 10:18 AM
Yep, these are fantastic. Great songs that will have you working on a wide variety of picking/strumming techniques.

There is tons of stuff out there free and in print. In addition to Zaza, check out:
http://quietamericanmusic.com/ukuleletabsandvideos/ - has several books available
http://ukulelesecrets.org - some real gold in this one
http://www.daddystovepipe.com - amazing blues ebooks with vids

There are many other excellent books in just about any style that you want to play.

Thanks for the shout out! Most, if not all of my transcriptions are intermediate to advanced. I try to push the limits of what can be played on this great little instrument.

jwieties
01-16-2015, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the shout out! Most, if not all of my transcriptions are intermediate to advanced. I try to push the limits of what can be played on this great little instrument.

I play Neil Gow's Lament almost every day.

dirtiestkidever
01-16-2015, 07:41 PM
Great thread. I have been looking for some new finger style books myself. I will check out some of the suggestions above. I am looking for some prettier (perhaps Hawaiian) sounding music to contrast all the stuff I am learning from Ukulelezaza.

FWIW, I have been addicted to Ukulelezaza's first book for the better part of the past year. I didn't realize I would like the style of music so much. But his arrangements are just the right amount of challenging (tough but achievable) and really fun to play. The book has taught me tons of new chords, strums, and techniques. If you don't have this one get it immediately. My only complaint is that the vids are on a DVD. Apple computers don't even come with DVD drives these days. I have an external one but rewinding the video is clunky and slow compared to youtube. And I do a lot of rewinding when learning a song.

Recstar24
01-16-2015, 08:09 PM
Damn, I'm a sucker for a good obscure uke book from Belgium. Getting the ukulelezaza.

I've been addicted to Aaron Keims finger picking book these past few weeks. Have really learned a lot, nice song selection, and has really improved my technique.

OregonJim
01-16-2015, 08:19 PM
My only complaint is that the vids are on a DVD. Apple computers don't even come with DVD drives these days. I have an external one but rewinding the video is clunky and slow compared to youtube. And I do a lot of rewinding when learning a song.

Download HandBrake (free) and convert that DVD into an MP4 file. Then you have all the same benefits as YouTube. And while we're at it, MacTubes (also free) will let you save YouTube videos to your local hard drive so you can play them offline and not have to worry about finding them again.

Brian1
01-16-2015, 10:29 PM
This might be a useful tool for taking music from another instrument and changing it into ukulele tabs. Just a few minutes ago someone was kind enough to post a link to their new website that allows you to enter the notes on a piano keyboard and instantly create a tab of that song. So you could use piano music and play it on the keyboard on the website and it automatically creates ukulele tab. Or someone mentioned that you can use sheet music for a recorder this might be useful for creating tabs from recorder music.

You can also take the music from those Hal Lenard books that don't have tad and convert it to Tab.

It is a very intuitive program and only took a few minutes to figure it out. (then I saw the instructions page)

Here is the thread:
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?103774-Tab-Creation-Website-PluckinUkes

and here is a direct link to Pluckin' Ukes:
http://www.pluckinukes.net/TabCreator.aspx

Tootler
01-17-2015, 12:25 AM
This might be a useful tool for taking music from another instrument and changing it into ukulele tabs. Just a few minutes ago someone was kind enough to post a link to their new website that allows you to enter the notes on a piano keyboard and instantly create a tab of that song. So you could use piano music and play it on the keyboard on the website and it automatically creates ukulele tab. Or someone mentioned that you can use sheet music for a recorder this might be useful for creating tabs from recorder music.

You can also take the music from those Hal Lenard books that don't have tad and convert it to Tab.

It is a very intuitive program and only took a few minutes to figure it out. (then I saw the instructions page)

Here is the thread:
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?103774-Tab-Creation-Website-PluckinUkes

and here is a direct link to Pluckin' Ukes:
http://www.pluckinukes.net/TabCreator.aspx

That looks a useful tool.

Any fakebook would be fine for creating tab using this. You just need to check the range is OK.

OregonJim
01-17-2015, 09:30 AM
all you've got to do is look in a music book laid out for a descant recorder (ie. most of them). The recorder's lowest note is a C, just like a ukulele, and only the more advanced stuff goes above A in the second octave, which'll take you up to the 12th fret on the ukulele.


A recorder is not a chordophone like an ukulele, so music written for recorder would be single note melody lines. Not very interesting by itself on a uke IMHO.

Tootler
01-17-2015, 12:34 PM
A recorder is not a chordophone like an ukulele, so music written for recorder would be single note melody lines. Not very interesting by itself on a uke IMHO.

So?

Surely, the whole point is that melody line is a starting point. If you also have chords - and these books often do so that someone can accompany. That gives the basis of an arrangement.

OregonJim
01-17-2015, 12:45 PM
So?

Surely, the whole point is that melody line is a starting point. If you also have chords - and these books often do so that someone can accompany. That gives the basis of an arrangement.

I was responding to the OP's request:


What I want is a book of songs that that are fully tabbed out, intended for solo uke, where the music stands on its own


A recorder arrangement, even for an ensemble, does not begin to fit those requirements. If the OP were capable of adapting arrangements for other instruments, I don't think they would be making such a request.

OregonJim
01-17-2015, 03:56 PM
Looking at the response to the thread there does not seem to be a lot of material around that meets the OP specification.
...
The best way to find a book as specified in the OP is to write it yourself. The ground work of writing out a tune note by note is only slightly more boring than learning scales and intervals and composition so you can start to write it out. But once you have it written out on paper, it is there for ever to use and you can enjoy it for the rest of your life. Also if you learn how to do it yourself, you get to choose the repertoire, you are not needing to use what someone else likes.
So consider buying some teaching time from a teacher who will teach you the dull and boring scales and intervals and composition so you can then write out your own repertoire and then learn the 1000 secret ukulele strums. Instead of the other way around.

I agree with you. It's the old "teach a man to fish" argument, and it applies equally well here.

However, in the meantime, there is a wealth of material out there already. Just a quick Amazon search reveals dozens of titles - and these are NOT the simple chord sheets and public domain tune collections alluded to earlier. Here is a sampling:

http://www.amazon.com/20-Progressive-Fingerstyle-Studies-Uke/dp/0786683309/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545324&sr=1-16&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Chord-Solos-Ukulele-Standards/dp/1458437108/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545324&sr=1-19&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/God-Bless-Uke-Fingerstyle-Ukulele/dp/1492901385/ref=sr_1_21?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545324&sr=1-21&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Juken-Uke-Ragtime-Complete-Tablature/dp/1477584323/ref=sr_1_24?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545324&sr=1-24&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Ho-Ukulele-Songbook-Tablature/dp/0984292888/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545537&sr=1-9&keywords=ukulele+tablature
http://www.amazon.com/Thumpin-Old-time-Uke-Clawhammer-Tablature/dp/1478314613/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545537&sr=1-10&keywords=ukulele+tablature
http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Fingerstyle-Studies-Ukulele-Book/dp/078668397X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545089&sr=1-3&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Fingerstyle-Ukulele/dp/1480368660/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545089&sr=1-5&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Favorite-Fingerstyle-Ukulele-KAILANA-NELSON/dp/0786684569/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545089&sr=1-7&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Baroque-Pieces-Gaspar-Arranged/dp/0786683325/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545089&sr=1-8&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Themes-Fingerstyle-Ukulele-Arrangements-ebook/dp/B00OXWCTK0/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545089&sr=1-10&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/20-Celtic-Fingerstyle-Uke-Tunes/dp/0786683333/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545089&sr=1-11&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele
http://www.amazon.com/J-S-Fingerstyle-Ukulele-Johan-Sebastian/dp/1458446034/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421545324&sr=1-15&keywords=fingerstyle+ukulele

Others have cited some extremely good resources outside of the main distribution channels, such as Ukulelezaza et al. Hopefully the OP has found enough material to keep busy for awhile...

PeteyHoudini
01-17-2015, 04:33 PM
However, in the meantime, there is a wealth of material out there already. Just a quick Amazon search reveals dozens of titles - and these are NOT the simple chord sheets and public domain tune collections alluded to earlier. Here is a sampling:

Thanks for that great list!

cheers,

Petey

kypfer
01-18-2015, 12:14 AM
Jamie Holding's website https://www.classicalukulele.co.uk/ was down previously, so I didn't mention it, but it's back now with a variety of e-books of tabbed ukulele arrangements and some free samples.

His "20 Melodies – For Beginners " are just that, melodies, so may not appeal to all, but his "Blame Not My Uke " and "Blame Still Not My Uke " contain a wide selection of well thought out arrangements for the re-entrant ukulele.

I've not tried his other publications, yet, but I'll get around to them eventually :)

Brenda Wong
01-18-2015, 07:02 AM
I recently purchased the two fingering solo books from mike lynch . It's easy and sound pretty. However, after a few tried I grown tire of it. Don't get me wrong, I am far far from being an advance player. I just found his arrangement a bit too simple . It is probably exactly what he is targeting for so if you are looking for a beginner solo book, his solo fingering may be exactly what you want. You can sure impress a lot of people in a very short time. Go to his site, he gives away one or two songs. See if you like it or PM me, I am happy to share one so you can see if you like it before you buy.

Here is one of Mike's sample solo you can take a look to see if you like it .
http://allthingsukulele.com/2014/02/24/my-favorite-things-solo-ukulele-chordmelody-arrangement-by-ukulele-mike-lynch/

I also bought a Daniel Ho song book when I was in Hawaii if you like Hawaii music . Here is the sheet music even I can play it so you shouldn't have any problem at all.
http://playuke.net/pdfs/PineappleMangoMusic.pdf