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johnson430
01-04-2016, 04:45 PM
Recently, in great fear of not being able to get a copy, I purchased Book 2 from Pekelo on Amazon.

On that note, Amazon had 2 copies remaining after my purchase and
I do not see any other stores with Book 1 or 2 available.

I had a question about when book 3 was coming out so I tried to email (returned undelivered) and called the number ( no answer/no return call).

Are they still in business?

Thanks,
Johnson

BTW, I love this book series for getting a solid grasp of Hawaiian finger-style. I am learning so much from Pekelo.

brimmer
01-05-2016, 01:10 PM
In Vol 2, they say there will be a third book. I hope so because I really like the arrangements in 2. But it has been a long time, so perhaps two is all we'll get.

WCBarnes
01-05-2016, 01:44 PM
I hope they are still around as well. I have been searching for book 1 for some time now with no luck. I did get book 2 for Christmas and, after seeing this post, am very thankful that I did not wait any longer.

PeteyHoudini
01-05-2016, 02:06 PM
I hope they are still around as well. I have been searching for book 1 for some time now with no luck. I did get book 2 for Christmas and, after seeing this post, am very thankful that I did not wait any longer.

ABEBOOKS seems to have a used copy.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=10553052027&searchurl=sts%3Dt%26tn%3DPekelo%2520%2520hawaiian% 2520ukulele

Petey

johnson430
01-05-2016, 02:32 PM
ABEBOOKS seems to have a used copy.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=10553052027&searchurl=sts%3Dt%26tn%3DPekelo%2520%2520hawaiian% 2520ukulele

Petey

Petey,
Very cool that you found a used copy.
I have a feeling once WCBarnes see this it will be gone.

PeteyHoudini
01-05-2016, 03:25 PM
Petey,
Very cool that you found a used copy.
I have a feeling once WCBarnes see this it will be gone.

Yes! hehe I used to be a librarian (my library closed - budget cuts), but I still love books and I've been buying tons of uke books since 2006. There weren't many uke books back in 2006 but I keep track of what is available and on what sites (new and used). I've always been an e-book fan as well but that doesn't work well for ukulele books IMHO.

Glad to have helped out!

Petey

WCBarnes
01-06-2016, 04:34 AM
Petey,
Very cool that you found a used copy.
I have a feeling once WCBarnes see this it will be gone.

Someone beat me to it... :( Still on the hunt!

johnson430
01-06-2016, 05:24 AM
Someone beat me to it... :( Still on the hunt!

Sorry you missed this one.
I might be willing to let my Book 1 go when I finish it.

UkerDanno
01-06-2016, 07:15 AM
Seems like if Pekelo is working on Book 3, they would see the demand for Book 1 and make another run...

johnson430
01-06-2016, 10:23 AM
Seems like if Pekelo is working on Book 3, they would see the demand for Book 1 and make another run...

I agree.

Dan,
FYI, I am still waiting on those Living Water strings. I ordered them from the UK not knowing I could get sets from Uke Republic.
Oh well.

PeteyHoudini
01-06-2016, 01:08 PM
Someone beat me to it... :( Still on the hunt!

Wow! That was fast. Someone here must have seen my link and ordered it. I've checked out other used book sites but NADA for book one.

Even WORLDCAT.ORG (library catalogue of locations of books from libraries all across North America) only has volume 2 in Hawaii and in WA.

Pete

johnson430
01-06-2016, 02:29 PM
Wow! That was fast. Someone here must have seen my link and ordered it. I've checked out other used book sites but NADA for book one.

Even WORLDCAT.ORG (library catalogue of locations of books from libraries all across North America) only has volume 2 in Hawaii and in WA.

Pete

Perhaps this will be motivation for me to complete Book 1 to make it available to WC or whoever.
Recstar (Ryan) gave me a great deal on this copy so a good deal will have to come to the next owner as well.

PeteyHoudini
01-06-2016, 02:48 PM
Perhaps this will be motivation for me to complete Book 1 to make it available to to WC or whoever.
Recstar (Ryan) gave me a great deal on this copy so a good deal will have to come to the next owner as well.

Indeed, but finger-picking takes time so a year or two will definitely be on the horizon. I'm only learning John King's campanella now and that is at least a 2 year finger-picking project. Still, I appreciate your plan to pass on the materials at a reduced rate.

Though, I love hoarding my own uke books. I just wish Pekelo Publishing would publish some more copies even in PDF format for download and printing. I would even buy books 1-3! 8-)

Petey

pekelo
01-06-2016, 04:28 PM
Aloha Kakou(Aloha to All!)
For now - Kamoa Ukulele - http://kamoaukulelecompany.com/
ended up getting the last of my uke books ( Level 1 & Level 2 ) [last week], so if anyone is interested in contacting them, they
might still have some of these(?)
Outside of this - I'm completely out of my books! Things get a little complicated since some of my license/contracts have
expired & also - Criterion Music got bought out.
So its taking more time to get my books back in shape for more reprinting & publishing.
I made a big move back to hawaii! but my day job ends up taking a lot more time now-a-days.
It was actually a little chilly here this morning - at about 69deg! lol
If things go well(?) then it would be maybe later this year for having at least the first 2 books ready again.
I'm glad folks are enjoying the books - that's the fun of playing and learning!
Books 3 & 4 have been started but its too early to announce any kind of approximate ready-date.
[& also btw - I can't sell pdf's on these due to contract things]
Mahalo nui loa for understanding &
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou( Happy New Year!) & Mahalo to Uncle Rod for notifying me on this!
Pekelo

johnson430
01-06-2016, 07:30 PM
Aloha Kakou(Aloha to All!)
For now - Kamoa Ukulele - http://kamoaukulelecompany.com/
ended up getting the last of my uke books ( Level 1 & Level 2 ) [last week], so if anyone is interested in contacting them, they
might still have some of these(?)
Outside of this - I'm completely out of my books! Things get a little complicated since some of my license/contracts have
expired & also - Criterion Music got bought out.
So its taking more time to get my books back in shape for more reprinting & publishing.
I made a big move back to hawaii! but my day job ends up taking a lot more time now-a-days.
It was actually a little chilly here this morning - at about 69deg! lol
If things go well(?) then it would be maybe later this year for having at least the first 2 books ready again.
I'm glad folks are enjoying the books - that's the fun of playing and learning!
Books 3 & 4 have been started but its too early to announce any kind of approximate ready-date.
[& also btw - I can't sell pdf's on these due to contract things]
Mahalo nui loa for understanding &
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou( Happy New Year!) & Mahalo to Uncle Rod for notifying me on this!
Pekelo

Pekelo,
Thank you so much for the reply here and the PM.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 and cannot want to get into Book 2.

I wish you a happy and prosperous new year and the best of luck with your present and future endeavors.
Sincerely,
Johnson

Staredge
01-07-2016, 06:39 PM
I'm looking for a copy of book one, if someone has one they wish to get rid of.

ALing
01-07-2016, 11:10 PM
I just noticed that Vol 1 is listed as in stock at nameahawaii.com.

MtBoy
01-08-2016, 06:25 AM
I can not express (appropriately) my excitement to hear that you are working on not only book 3 but a book 4! Book 2 has been on my music stand for the past two (+) years along with Uke Aerobics and Abe's Jazz Ukeulele (in that order). I could not have appreciated the other two without Pekelo's. I have said it before but, it is worth repeating, that your books are the finest examples of ukulele education that have been published to date. From the methodical progression of lessons to the rich content of musical notation to the practical spiral bound format (all music education books should be like this).
So sorry to hear about the business complications. Maybe there is a internet savy member of UUG that could help you out with a 'kickstarter' thingy that might help grease the wheels? What say you UUG'ers?
With great appreciation and anticipation,
MtBoy

Recstar24
01-08-2016, 06:47 AM
Pekelo books 1 and 2, combined with private uke lessons with Matt dahlberg, were the items that truly woke up my playing. Thank you.

JustinJ
01-08-2016, 08:56 AM
If you are willing to put in the work then Pekelo's books are hard to beat. It brought my playing an rhythm up by more than a few steps. The book gave me the confidence to start exploring classical guitar.

If you work everyday for 10-15 minutes on Pekelo, you will see improvements. Also playing along with the CD helps greatly. Then put a metronome to different speeds while playing some of the exercises. This will help solidify the different rhythms.

I think the books move at a nice progression but expect to put in some time with them. It's like anything else, it takes focus and effort.

guitharsis
01-08-2016, 11:05 AM
Got Pekelo books 1 & 2 after receiving my Kamaka Ohta-san. Love the books and the Kamaka Ohta-san!

WCBarnes
01-09-2016, 03:40 AM
Aloha Kakou(Aloha to All!)
For now - Kamoa Ukulele - http://kamoaukulelecompany.com/
ended up getting the last of my uke books ( Level 1 & Level 2 ) [last week], so if anyone is interested in contacting them, they
might still have some of these(?)

I wrote to them and they have a few Level 2 left, but are out of Level 1.


I just noticed that Vol 1 is listed as in stock at nameahawaii.com.

Thank you for the tip! I just placed my order for Level 1!

UkerDanno
01-09-2016, 04:15 AM
I wrote to them and they have a few Level 2 left, but are out of Level 1.

Guess I got the last one...looking forward to entering the world of fingerpicking. Hopefully, my fingers will work!

pekelo
03-15-2016, 08:25 AM
Aloha -
now it turns out, by way of a recent family member trip to here(Hawaii) from seattle, -so now I have a small amount of my books (from a long lost forgotten storage location in seattle)
So if anyone is still interested in these, then please send me an email offline to
e: pekelosbooks@gmail.com
mahalo nui loa!
pekelo
w: pekelosbooks.com

Steedy
03-15-2016, 09:55 AM
Aloha -
now it turns out, by way of a recent family member trip to here(Hawaii) from seattle, -so now I have a small amount of my books (from a long lost forgotten storage location in seattle)
So if anyone is still interested in these, then please send me an email offline to
e: pekelosbooks@gmail.com
mahalo nui loa!
pekelo
w: pekelosbooks.com

Email sent. Mahalo! :cool:

Booli
03-15-2016, 10:06 AM
Aloha -
now it turns out, by way of a recent family member trip to here(Hawaii) from seattle, -so now I have a small amount of my books (from a long lost forgotten storage location in seattle)
So if anyone is still interested in these, then please send me an email offline to
e: pekelosbooks@gmail.com
mahalo nui loa!
pekelo
w: pekelosbooks.com


I too have sent an email. :)

Osprey
03-15-2016, 10:58 AM
Aloha -
now it turns out, by way of a recent family member trip to here(Hawaii) from seattle, -so now I have a small amount of my books (from a long lost forgotten storage location in seattle)
So if anyone is still interested in these, then please send me an email offline to
e: pekelosbooks@gmail.com
mahalo nui loa!
pekelo
w: pekelosbooks.com
I sent you an email also

johnson430
03-15-2016, 01:08 PM
So happy some copies have surfaced.
Book 1 completely change my approach to playing.
I love it.

Twibbly
03-15-2016, 01:20 PM
How much do the books run?

Tonya
03-15-2016, 02:02 PM
$28 each plus $4 Media Mail per shipping.

I emailed Pekelo today and it sounds as if a Book 3 is still a possibility. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...these books are *that* good!

Twibbly
03-15-2016, 03:35 PM
Thanks. Maybe he'll still have some left later on (but I kind of doubt it by the way y'all are talking).

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-16-2016, 04:32 AM
I just got word that Dusty Strings in Seattle may still have copies of both vols 1 and 2.

keep uke'in',

Ukejenny
03-29-2016, 11:15 AM
I just wanted to check back with this thread and let y'all know that I found Level 1 at Dusty Strings, in Seattle. They shipped it to me. I found Level 2 at Welch Music in Boise, Idaho. Very good books.

Steedy
03-29-2016, 11:50 AM
I ordered both the Level 1 and Level 2 books from Pekelo on March 15, and he mailed them to me the next day, but they have not yet been delivered. I'm hoping it's just the U.S. Postal Service doing their usual speedy job. I have a tracking number, but all it shows is the package was picked up on March 16. :confused:

It's almost like ordering a uke on-line, the waiting is the hardest part! :)

Ukejenny
03-29-2016, 12:31 PM
USPS tracking isn't nearly as detailed and accurate as UPS or FedEx. It will sit there for days, then have three updates, putting it almost at my door. I don't know why things don't show up on the tracking site as they happen, but instead all show up at the same time.

I did not know you could still get them directly from Pekelo, or I would have ordered from him!!!

oregonuke
03-29-2016, 03:25 PM
I'm waiting for mine as well - mailed the same day. They were shipped USPS Media Mail, which can take a very, very long time. Two to three weeks is not uncommon. Wish I had asked if Priority Mail was an option!

Steedy
03-29-2016, 03:47 PM
Sure 'tis well worth the waiting! :cool:

TheBathBird
03-29-2016, 09:11 PM
I ordered both the Level 1 and Level 2 books from Pekelo on March 15, and he mailed them to me the next day, but they have not yet been delivered. I'm hoping it's just the U.S. Postal Service doing their usual speedy job. I have a tracking number, but all it shows is the package was picked up on March 16. :confused:

It's almost like ordering a uke on-line, the waiting is the hardest part! :)


I'm waiting for mine as well - mailed the same day. They were shipped USPS Media Mail, which can take a very, very long time. Two to three weeks is not uncommon. Wish I had asked if Priority Mail was an option!

Pekelo sent mine on March the 16th and they arrived last week, but I'm in the UK.


Sure 'tis well worth the waiting! :cool:

They're definitely worth the wait :)

Osprey
03-30-2016, 03:41 AM
I ordered both the Level 1 and Level 2 books from Pekelo on March 15, and he mailed them to me the next day, but they have not yet been delivered. I'm hoping it's just the U.S. Postal Service doing their usual speedy job. I have a tracking number, but all it shows is the package was picked up on March 16. :confused:

It's almost like ordering a uke on-line, the waiting is the hardest part! :)l am having the exact same experience. I am trusting that one day soon I will walk out to my mail box and find a pkg from HI.

pekelo
04-01-2016, 09:19 PM
e kala mai( gomen nasai :) I was just hoping to keep the costs down but for any next times, I'll offer
priority mail along with media rate. Aloha BathBird - that's amazing it arrived in the UK as fast as it did!
Enjoy!
pekelo

TheBathBird
04-03-2016, 12:57 AM
Aloha BathBird - that's amazing it arrived in the UK as fast as it did!
Enjoy!
pekelo
I was pretty amazed! And the books are great, thank you :)

greenie44
04-07-2016, 06:36 AM
Just wanted to let folks know that I am in the US and I (finally) got my books yesterday. They look great and address two of my uke weaknesses - finger picking and a lack of Hawaiian songs in repetoire. Now to find the time to go through them.

Osprey
04-07-2016, 09:37 AM
I just checked the tracking. My pkg is at least in Florida now.

Steedy
04-07-2016, 12:48 PM
Yay, my Pekelo books arrived in the mail today! Just looking through the first book, I can tell that it really puts the hay where the pony can eat it (at least for me, anyway). The books are very well done, and I can see why they're held in such high regard. Thanks Pekelo! :cool:

sopher
04-08-2016, 06:24 AM
Are these books strictly for linear tuning or have I misunderstood that?

thanks

Sopher

wayfarer75
04-08-2016, 06:35 AM
So glad to see that more people are getting these books! :D


Are these books strictly for linear tuning or have I misunderstood that?

thanks

Sopher

They are written for linear, but you can use the exercises on reentrant. They will sound slightly different. The songs might not sound right unless the melody happens to be on the first 3 strings.

Osprey
04-08-2016, 10:02 AM
I ordered book one only, it arrived today. I am enjoying flipping through it and look forward to getting into it with my ukulele.