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Derry
09-07-2011, 06:23 AM
have played classical guitar for many years and finally decided on a tenor uke,,

what are most recommended books for the newbies,,??

thanks

Derry

Trinimon
09-07-2011, 07:24 AM
Ukulele for Dummies is pretty good. They have chapters dedicated to strumming techniques for different genres. The book version comes with a audio CD so you can listen to what your strumming etc should sound like. The electronic version doesn't.

Kanaka916
09-07-2011, 07:26 AM
Check out the UU's Ukulele Resource thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-%28Updated%29) . . . all kinds of info with links.

PhilUSAFRet
09-07-2011, 10:15 AM
I just got Uke for Dummies for my birthday from my son. He has played guitar for 25 years and recently turned to ukes. He also managed a book store and has reviewed many uke books. He thinks this Dummies book of a really good one. I haven't really gotten started on it yet.

I usually direct all noobies to Uncle Rod's Ukulele Boot Camp before they spend money on anything. After mastering what's there, you can then better choose which book you need next and save an awful lot of money in the process.......IMHO!

bazmaz
09-07-2011, 11:21 AM
+1 the dummies book, especially if you want tuition

Though if I may dare... http://www.amazon.com/What-Ukulele-Players-Really-Want/dp/1461059941/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315430405&sr=8-1 which is more of a companion guide dealing with other day to day stuff that isn't tuition

pulelehua
09-07-2011, 11:56 AM
If you're a classical guitarist, you probably need to sort out which skills/knowledge you need. You probably know quite a lot already, and will pick a lot up intuitively. You might find John King's books a good starting point, as they are very classically minded.

(Depends how good a classical guitarist you are, of course ;) )

chindog
09-07-2011, 01:40 PM
A good chord book is a good idea. I have a couple that were recommended on this forum, but I prefer the Ukulele Chord Bible by Tobe Richards.

http://www.amazon.com/Ukulele-Chord-Bible-Standard-Fretted/dp/0955394473/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315438697&sr=8-1

patico
09-09-2011, 07:55 AM
there's plenty of free material in the web

why waste your money, there's so much free material abailable than you'll ever be able to learn in a lifetime.

if you play class guitar, use all the material you have n translate it to ukulele
that's what i do