View Full Version : uke books

09-08-2009, 01:15 PM
what ukulele books are a must have for any player?. its just occurred to me after 2 years of playing i don't own any ukulele song/chord books.

09-08-2009, 01:23 PM
If you're into fingerstyle playing, John King's "Classical Ukulele" provides an well-balanced workout. Tone up those fingers!

09-08-2009, 01:47 PM
I've been wonderin the same thing. Everything I've seen at my music store of choice is really kinda lame though. Your prabably better off just stickin to the net

09-08-2009, 03:34 PM
I recently bought Fretboard Roadmaps - Ukulele: The Essential Patterns That All the Pros Know and Use by Jim Beloff.

its been really helpful. it helps if you know some music theory.

fretboard, fretboard, fretboard!!!!

09-08-2009, 03:37 PM
I like Ukulele Fretboard Roadmaps, not a song book, but it has bits of songs. It is a very good book for learning chords and scales up the neck I would recommend it to any advanced beginner who plays well in open position but does not know where things are up the neck. Mel Bay has a book Finger Style Solos for Ukulele, great arrangements that are a bit easier then the ones in the John King book, which is also great but I end up comparing my feeble attempts to the late great Mr. King and then I get sad.:(

09-08-2009, 04:21 PM
The John King classical book is the only one I've bought so far. Coming from a background in classical guitar, I haven't really felt the need to acquire any basic instructional books. I've been able to find everything on chords and stuff online and I've printed out quite a few tabs.

Which reminds me that I should probably order another black ink cartridge before I run out. Hubby would be pretty ticked at me if he needed a map printed out to go on a job and I let the printer run out of ink, since it's attached to my PC. :rolleyes:

09-08-2009, 04:35 PM
1. How To Play Ukulele Chord Progressions (http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-ukulele-chord-progressions/) by Woodshed

2. Fretboard Roadmaps (http://www.elderly.com/books/items/49-695901.htm) by Fred Sokolow and Jim Beloff

3. Learn To Play FingerStyle Solos (http://elderly.com/books/items/02-21050BCD.htm) For Ukulele by Mark Nelson

4. 50 Easy Uke Chord Solos (http://elderly.com/books/items/707-1.htm) by gerry Long and James Hill

09-09-2009, 05:44 AM
thanks for your replies i guess the first i will get is the fretboard roadmap, then probably john kings as ive seen that pop up in a few other threads.