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deadpool
06-09-2011, 06:07 AM
I am new to the forum and did a search, and I just ordered a Kala KA-C which should arrive next week. It appears the Fretboard Road Map is a good resource. I have finger picked the guitar for a fair number of years and have been playing mandolin for 3 years. I don't need a theory book; I have a fairly good fundamental knowledge of that. I don't use standard notation.....................So, to get down to the question, what would be a good companion book to the Road Map that would have some basic finger picking tunes in it in tab?

Thanks for your help. This site is a tremendous resource for the Ukulele community.

Mike

janeray1940
06-09-2011, 06:12 AM
Hi Mike - the same author (Fred Sokolow) also did Ukulele Bluegrass (http://www.amazon.com/Bluegrass-Ukulele-Jumpin-Jims-Songbook/dp/1423493168/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307635872&sr=8-1), and Blues Ukulele (http://www.amazon.com/Blues-Ukulele-Jumpin-Songbook-Book/dp/1423465725/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307635865&sr=8-1). These both have tab/fingerpicking.

I don't think most folks would call Ukulele Roadmaps a "beginner" book, but it sounds like you've got a strong foundation in theory already :)

PhilUSAFRet
06-09-2011, 10:02 AM
I just got a new copy of Mel Bay's Fingertyle Solos for Ukulele. I haven't really gotten ino it yet, but looks pretty good and the reviews sound pretty good too.
I'm still working on this:

http://www.ukeschool.com/school/levels.html

pepamahina
06-09-2011, 02:32 PM
I have to agree that the best value I've found so far, particularly for someone who already has experience playing a stringed instrument, is this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Play-Fingerstyle-Solos-Ukulele/dp/0786673427
I would also recommend checking out ukulelehunt.com.

pekelo
06-09-2011, 07:08 PM
I'm offering Hawaiian style beginner books!
at www.pekelosbooks.com
aloha:)
pekelo

Adlay
06-12-2011, 09:40 PM
Hi pekelo,
Thanks for sharing the link with everyone. I have checked the table of contents of book 1 and 2 and found great basic tips.
When will your 3rd book available for everyone?

Lori
06-13-2011, 06:57 AM
Here are some free tabs that I have enjoyed a lot.
http://pdfminstrel.wordpress.com/2-standard-high-g-ukulele-pdfs/
http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/solobuch.pdf

–Lori

kenikas
06-14-2011, 05:28 AM
I definately agree with "Fingerstyle Solos For Ukulele" it's one of my favorites. I'd also recommend both of John Kings books.

wolfybau
06-14-2011, 11:02 PM
I'm offering Hawaiian style beginner books!
at www.pekelosbooks.com
aloha:)
pekelo

your books look realy nice, Im glad to see standard notation in them. I also see you are working on part 3. How many parts are you planning on creating? will you be offering a single method book for the series when it is complete?

OldePhart
06-15-2011, 01:10 PM
Honestly, I think youtube (and ukulele underground) videos are far more useful than any book I've ever owned. But then, I've personally never been able to pick up much musical stuff (other than theory) from a book.

John

pekelo
06-16-2011, 08:22 AM
Aloha!
I'm pau(finished) with the text/pages but have to finish the CD!
then I still need to make major changes to the website...
pekelo
www.pekelosbooks.com

BadLands Bart
06-16-2011, 08:25 AM
Pekelo..is you books set for High G or Low G?? I am wanting to learn that style but only have High G uke. Thanks

pekelo
06-16-2011, 08:31 AM
The CD is recorded with Lo-G
but in the front of the book, I discuss the option of the player leaving the instrument
as a Hi -G
...i don't have the book w/ me right now... gotta look up the page#....:)

There have been a large bunch of UUers who got this book(s) -I would guess that
most are going thru the books w/ Lo-G
but there might be some Hi -G players using the books/CD...

Gwynedd
02-03-2012, 10:14 AM
Pekelo, would your book suit for a baritone ukulele? Thanks

AcousticBuckeye
02-03-2012, 11:00 AM
I have to say I like everything about Pekelo's Books. The sound tracks, the attention to detail, How new fundamentals are tied in to new songs learned. Just love the format. Maybe the best I've seen for a beginner book.

But....It's in low G. Being written for low G I doubt the songs would sound 100% correct. I've stopped myself from even considering low g because I want to learn high G first and I would think low G would just add confusion. Maybe after a good amount of time with High g I'll consider tackling low g.

Is switching between he two a problem for others? I would think as I'm learning the fretboard the tones are just as important as the notes themselves. and the change of tones would not be good for me I don't believe.



AB

janeray1940
02-03-2012, 11:14 AM
Is switching between he two a problem for others? I would think as I'm learning the fretboard the tones are just as important as the notes themselves. and the change of tones would not be good for me I don't believe.


I've played reentrant for a few years now but started playing low G as well about a year ago. Switching between the two is not a problem at all if you just keep in mind that the notes on the low G string are an octave below the same notes on a reentrant G string.

I actually think switching between low G and reentrant will help you learn the fretboard, especially if you start messing around with playing melody and start looking for the melody notes in different places. For example, the "high" G that would be the open reentrant 4th string can simply be played on the second string, third fret as well.

I've got Pekelo's books too and I agree, they're among the better instructional books out there.

w/o-talent
02-03-2012, 12:45 PM
I also purchased both books (nearing the end of the first book), and would confirm what's already been said. Since I can only speak to the first book (so far), the highest compliment I can give is to say if a third book is published, I will be buying it.

As to the books being written for low-g rather than high-g I looked at this as an opportunity, not a problem. It provided me the rationalization to buy another uke!

P.S. The book stresses using the PIMA fingering system. I'm too naive to know if that's really any harder than any other approach, but like with anything else practice has made that approach seem very comfortable to me.

Kayak Jim
02-03-2012, 01:04 PM
The book stresses using the PIMA fingering system. I'm too naive to know if that's really any harder than any other approach, but like with anything else practice has made that approach seem very comfortable to me.

Do other books use a different system and if so, what would that be? (Wiki has defined PIMA for me)

Jim B

kayla_c09
02-05-2012, 05:22 AM
Hey, I found this site that is really awesome! It has a load of songs with all the cords for them. It first shows you the cord placement on the uke and it also streams audio to help you play along with the song. It's awesome!

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html

ukuleleforbeginners
02-05-2012, 07:59 PM
I got ukulele for dummies for my brother for Christmas, and that wasn't bad. I don't know how much he is using it though.

Nickie
02-06-2012, 01:29 AM
I'm having a ball with The Daily Ukulele. There are 365 songs in there, it's the official songbook of our ukulele club right now.

Gwynedd
02-06-2012, 02:04 AM
I can't recommend Fingerstyle Ukulele (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0786673427/bge-20)enough. Even if you are a beginner, you can start with two versions of "Twinkle Twinkle" and the 2nd version has all kinds of techniques in it. The author says if you can play that with ease, the rest of the book goes well. The rest of the book has some gorgeous Hawaiian tunes like Kuei Morning Dew, a Renaissance dance, folk tunes, more. Several styles are given for individual songs; ie you can do Morning Dew finger picking and slack-key style as well. The CD gives good examples of how well these can sound.

While some folks who have written reviews say "not for beginners" I disagree. If you stay on the Twinkle until your fingers are familiar, the rest goes well. It has notes and tab and a lot of instruction. You need to stay with it, but this is the best beginner book I know after you can do basic chords.