View Full Version : James Hill Duets for One book

08-28-2017, 05:51 AM
Has anyone gotten this book? I just saw it on Amazon but it says it's out of stock. Seems like a good chord melody book.


08-28-2017, 05:56 AM
I don't think it has been released yet. I first saw it about a month ago on the FMM site. It has said coming in August, but in the description it mentions copies available in September. I have been looking forward to it.

"COMING SOON! Ukulele Masters: James Hill—Duets For One. Duets for One is a collection of 15 ingenious solo arrangements by Canadian ukulele master, James Hill. Each arrangement is comprised of two distinct parts—melody and accompaniment—that you'll learn to play simultaneously on a single ukulele! The 15 songs include classics by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Hank Williams, Coldplay and others. Arranged for reentrant GCEA tuning, all songs include ukulele tablature as well as music notation and most can be performed with a simple thumb-picking technique. We expect to have copies sometime in September. Stay tuned!"

08-28-2017, 06:52 AM
I want to thank you for posting this. I was unaware of this book coming out, and I am now very interested.

James Hill is one of my musical and ukulele heroes, so this is definitely something I want to buy when it comes out. :)

08-28-2017, 07:12 AM
I want to thank you for posting this. I was unaware of this book coming out, and I am now very interested.

I second this. Thanks for mentioning it!

08-28-2017, 07:33 AM
FWIW, the arrangements are for re-entrant tuning...

08-29-2017, 01:38 AM
Oooh! Looks like a really good one! September release? Just around the corner!

08-29-2017, 03:53 AM
The publication date is a bit sketchy, it's not even released at the publisher's shop (fleamarketmusic). But it should be, really soon.

Hill is not only an excellent player, he's also very good in teaching stuff - breaking it down, showing relatively simple things that make complicated music). The version of Freight Train in F does look conspicuously a lot like the arrangement in Ukulelezaza's books, but that's a credit to the song.

08-30-2017, 04:48 AM
I "looked inside" at Amazon. Wow, tabs for every song. If you're a Ukulele Way student like me, you know from those books that JH gives you tab for a song only if he decides you need it!

08-31-2017, 02:56 AM
Doing the Ukulele Way as well. I enjoy his teaching style enough that I'll probably pick this up as well. Very cool!

09-01-2017, 06:34 PM
Thanks for posting. I was not aware but will order it next prime order we do. Looks to be rally good. James is great.

09-01-2017, 08:05 PM
Looks like its available;


09-02-2017, 12:20 PM
It says on the Amazon page that it was released on August 15, 2017 but is temporarily out of stock.

09-05-2017, 08:12 PM
Just placed order on amazon.ca. It is Prime free shipping producer but says it won't ship until November.

09-21-2017, 03:03 AM
Available everywhere!

10-22-2017, 06:06 AM
I just received the book from AMAZON.CA - it is a challanging but it is excellent!

10-22-2017, 04:28 PM
I just received mine and started on it today. Agreed. Excellent and challenging. Looks like it's going to be good book

11-06-2017, 06:14 PM
I purchased a kindle edition of this book the other day and absolutely love the arrangements, most work equally well for high or Low G. I can highly recommend this book, it's awesome! :D

Would you recommend Kindle version or you prefer book?

11-18-2017, 10:34 AM
I received the book several weeks ago, but due to out-of-town travel, I wasn't able to work on it. I started working on it this week and my initial opinion is that this is the best set of ukulele arrangements I've seen. It's not easy stuff but quite worth the effort for the results. It's not a strum-and-sing book, but if you want to play like an instrumental ukulele virtuoso, then this book will not disappoint.


11-18-2017, 10:40 AM
Mine arrived yesterday. I'm working on Samantha Muir's 'Little Book of Carulli', probably won't get to the J Hill book for a little while - maybe over the holidays.

11-18-2017, 02:05 PM
I bought the book straight away and as much as i love James I'm not in love with the book. This is only because the arrangements are generally just chorded melody. I learn much slower in books and am very good at making my own chorded melodies. Making my own is just easier. Plus my eyesight is not that great and the numbers are so squashed I find them hard to read. Just stating my opinion here as I'm sure we would like all takes on the book.

It's not expensive, so by all means buy it just to support him and Jumpin' Jim (:

11-19-2017, 07:33 AM
I disagree with Bonesigh’s description of the book. What I think he is missing is that James Hill is really emphasizing and teaching the importance and beauty of getting two parts going at the same time.

James Hill is a very rhythmic player. Listen to his Billie Jean playing. He gets a groove going and keeps it going. The first two pieces in the James Hill Duets for One book basically teach you how to get your thumb to keep a steady beat by alternating between the fourth and third strings. Sounds easy in theory but it takes a lot of concentration and practice until it just becomes feel. It’s to my mind learning clawhammer. You’re also moving up and down the neck with chord changes and melody. It ain’t easy and I’m a high intermediate player.

I’m also a big fan of chord melody arrangements and in particular love Lyle Ritz’s Books, but there are many other good ones such as those by Craig Brandau and ones you can find on the internet or via the Humblebaritonics blog site.
These, arrangements, however don’t emphasize the groove that James Hill always has going. There really is something to it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

Also, I’m near-sighted and have to put on my reading glasses to read anything but the printing’s really not bad. It’s easy to read. Basically you memorize bits and put them together. If you have to read it to play it, you haven’t mastered it. Learning it means feeling the groove and knowing where it goes. When you apply this technique and feel to other songs and your own writing you’ll have that mysterious ability called musicality.