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Boomer
08-31-2010, 04:36 PM
I have been learning using two books (and I really like them both):

1) Mel Bay's First lessons Ukulele by Jerry Moore. Everything is taught using chords.

2) Hal Leonrad's Ukulele Method Book 1 by Lil' Rev. Everything is taught using notes.

So, what I'm saying is that the songs each book teaches is either using chords or notes, but not both. I'd like to find a book or something that will teach me songs where you play both chords and notes. After Aldrine's last free lesson where he taught a song where he played chords and picked notes got me to thinking about it. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Brad Bordessa
08-31-2010, 04:50 PM
Herb Ohta Jr. and Daniel Ho's books "Discovering the 'Ukulele" and "Exploring the 'Ukulele". There isn't really any instruction for the songs, but there is tab and standard notation. Plus they just added MP3s of the songs to their sites.

Boomer
08-31-2010, 05:11 PM
Man! We must be on the same wave length. I just downloaded the MP3s, and trying to find the book. It's out of stock at Amazon. I listend to the "Discovering the Ukulele" tracks and the songs sounds exactly like what I'm looking for.

Any other books similar to these that you all know of?

janeray1940
08-31-2010, 05:18 PM
Feels like I recommend this book every day in these parts! :) Mark Kailani Nelson's Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786673427/ref=oss_product) incorporates both notes and chords.

Brad Bordessa
08-31-2010, 06:00 PM
I think Jim Belof's Ohta-san and Lyle Ritz books have a similar style. I know it has chords and the melody for sure. You might need to figure out how to add chords in the gaps, but it should be another option.

wilsons85283
08-31-2010, 06:35 PM
I had found the Discovering the Ukulele at the Target in Kona. I know that doesn't help, but I was able to order the Exploring book just recently from the Herb's store:

http://www.herbohtajr.com/index/shop/books.html

spookefoote
09-01-2010, 05:07 AM
http://www.chordie.com/ is an excellent source as you'll know loads of the tunes and you can set it up to uke

Uncle Rod Higuchi
09-01-2010, 03:48 PM
If you like older songs, try the Fake Book in 'C', the big $50 one if it has the songs you know and like.

You'll need to provide your own memory of the tunes, unless you can read the melody line.

Keep uke'in',

Boomer
09-02-2010, 03:48 PM
I had found the Discovering the Ukulele at the Target in Kona. I know that doesn't help, but I was able to order the Exploring book just recently from the Herb's store:

http://www.herbohtajr.com/index/shop/books.html

My book is on it's way. Thanks for all the input.

Hippie Dribble
09-03-2010, 02:32 PM
howdy Boomer.

A book I have also found very helpful is "Ukulele Fretboard Roadmaps" which has a comprehensive look at chords, as well as fingerpicked chord solos, chord progressions and scales.

It's definately a bit mindbending at first, but well worth the effort to get into. I imagine it will be a lifelong resource, and a good one to have in your collection.

cheers mate. eugene