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mciganek
05-26-2009, 10:04 AM
Can y'all post your favorite books for beginners? I'm getting tired of popping around you tube and other sites. UU's stuff is great, but I need to fill in the gaps. Thanks! Matt

UkuEroll
05-26-2009, 10:15 AM
Can y'all post your favorite books for beginners? I'm getting tired of popping around you tube and other sites. UU's stuff is great, but I need to fill in the gaps. Thanks! Matt

Gaps! What Gaps, you'll find everything you need here.
Welcome to UU

ukeatan
05-26-2009, 10:15 AM
UU's stuff is great, but I need to fill in the gaps.

What are the gaps you want to fill in?

cpatch
05-26-2009, 10:21 AM
Once again, a topic that's been discussed several times before. Click on the Search link in the red bar at the top of this page and search for "beginner books" (without the quotes). You'll find at least 3 threads on the topic.

Kanaka916
05-26-2009, 11:04 AM
Can y'all post your favorite books for beginners? I'm getting tired of popping around you tube and other sites. UU's stuff is great, but I need to fill in the gaps. Thanks! Matt
Can you be more specific as far as "filling in the gaps"?

HoldinCoffee
05-26-2009, 12:27 PM
Hello mcganek, that was your first post? Well welcome to this forum!! :cheers:

Good beginner books... The Hal Leonard series are good and come with a CD so that's nice. When you've mastered the material on the CD you can use it as a coaster for your coffee cups.

The Fretboard Roadmap, by Jim Beloff and Fred Sal.. Sulkiov... and some dude named Fred, is a VERY wonderful book that goes into more of the theory aspect. How chords are constructed; finding notes scales and chords all the way up the neck; what the term "up the neck" means. It too comes with a CD that you can later use as a coaster.

There are many other good ones out there. The 'Visual History' is highly spoken of. Mark Kailana Nelson's Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos is a great collection of tabs with CD of Mark playing each piece. Then there's the Ukulele Master's CD/Books, more advanced and intermediate material, but good stuff to listen to and to challenge yourself with.

Books are a wonderful tool. Sometimes its difficult to bring the computer into the bathroom or to use it when the power has gone off or when your sitting on your rooftop.

Oh and as cpatch mentioned, the search function will give you even more recommendations. But mine are the best :)

Myala509
05-26-2009, 08:39 PM
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lkdumas
05-27-2009, 04:32 AM
Assuming you would like a direct answer to your question, of the many "Beginner" books I have used to one degree or another, IMO, the best resource under a single cover is "Ten Steps To Learn Ukulele The Hawaiian Way" by Michael Preston. All the basics of uke familiarization and geography are covered, and a CD of lessons is included as a measure of how you're doing on the learning curve. A further recommendation is not to depend on one resource. UU is the base from which to move around and experience videos, CDs, books, and to look over the shoulders of all the good folks who are willing to share their knowledge.

mciganek
05-27-2009, 08:05 AM
I'm busy looking up all the suggestions and previous threads. Thanks for the direction. To those who asked about the gaps I mentioned, when I know enough about how to identify one, I'll start a thread that hopefully isn't targeted as redundant! An example of what I meant was when I watched Aldrine's Island in the Sun video. I'm sort of able to do the picking, but the chord stuff is beyond me so far. That's what I meant by gaps. :shaka:

kailua
05-30-2009, 06:20 AM
How about a good website for beginners? Try www.doctoruke.com/index.html :music:

jkevinwolfe
05-30-2009, 04:36 PM
Ukulele Boogaloo (http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/) is a great beginners site. I have really found this and other google stumblings to be more helpful than the books.

pithaya9
05-30-2009, 05:19 PM
Another good website for beginners http://www.ukeschool.com/

whetu
05-31-2009, 12:09 AM
If you can find it in san-fran, this is a very good book for beginners:

http://www.kiwiukulele.co.nz/book.html

It has a New Zealand bent, for sure, but it covers the basics in a clear and concise way. Read the testimonials etc and there's a review over at ukehunt. I have yet to find its equal (though being a kiwi, there's bound to be a bit of bias on my part :) )

If you can't find it locally (I didn't see it on Amazon though I didn't search hard, maybe ebay?), you can order it online here:
http://www.nzbooksabroad.com/shopdetail.php?a=9780958282987

upskydowncloud
05-31-2009, 01:14 AM
Can y'all post your favorite books for beginners? I'm getting tired of popping around you tube and other sites. UU's stuff is great, but I need to fill in the gaps. Thanks! Matt

Hey I found this to be really helpful, it's ideal to help you learn to read music too. It's called How to Play the Hawaiian Uklulele in 10 Easy steps, and is by the University of Hawaii.

Check it out here: http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=1566472989

To be honest the best policy to learn stuff is to pick a song you like then practice over and over. The more you practice the more you will pick up. I find it much easier to find a song on UU or youtube and try to learn it. It keeps you interested!

Good luck.