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mm stan
07-27-2012, 12:19 AM
I just received in the mail my Flea Market Music catalog and it included
Jake's songbook....So I am asking out there to you all, how is the book and
is it practical learning and worth the 19.95 plus shipping....Thank you in
Advance:):):):)http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=157

The Big Kahuna
07-27-2012, 12:45 AM
I can only give you my opinion on the album, which is that it's a pile of self indulgent and unimaginative junk, unfit even for an elevator or shopping mall.

The Big Kahuna
07-27-2012, 12:51 AM
Actually, I forgot to include the point to my post:

If you want to learn how to play the tracks on the CD, then it's probably worth the money. If you're not that bothered, I'd spend it on something else. Beer maybe.

Raygf
07-27-2012, 01:07 AM
I bought my copy for less on Amazon, 11.35 preordered. (13.59 now) It is not for beginners. The print is a bit small for me. I need plenty of light to see it well. I especially like the bonus transcriptions.

mm stan
07-27-2012, 01:13 AM
I prefer mellow sweet melodies, I am just wondering if there is something in there for me..at least a couple songs
would be nice ..

vanflynn
07-27-2012, 03:26 AM
What's you need that book for, Stan? I hear you taught Jake and Bruce all they know on the uke.

AndrewKuker
07-27-2012, 03:39 AM
Beginners buy this in the store all the time. Cracks me up.

mm stan
07-27-2012, 03:40 AM
What's you need that book for, Stan? I hear you taught Jake and Bruce all they know on the uke.


Ha Ha I wish....I guess it shows I don't know many of Jakes songs, and for me it's personal preference....I'm sure there is something that will fit my taste, that is why I'm asking..
I even went to his concert/show a couple weeks ago, and I still can name only two songs....sheesh

Raygf
07-27-2012, 03:44 AM
I prefer mellow sweet melodies, I am just wondering if there is something in there for me..at least a couple songs
would be nice ..
Take a listen to the samples (http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Love-Ukulele/dp/B004ICP8FS/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343396589&sr=301-1). I bet you'll find something you like.

pootsie
07-27-2012, 03:54 AM
So I take it the book is not for beginners? That is not a surprise to me. Are there easy-teenage-new-york versions? (Points for recognizing that phrase)

But I still don't get why all the hate from Kahuna. The album is Peace, LOVE, Ukulele not Peace, I'm a wanker, Ukulele

pootsie
07-27-2012, 03:55 AM
You know, in honor of Kahuna, I'm going to play the whole album right now. At 11!

The Big Kahuna
07-27-2012, 04:03 AM
But I still don't get why all the hate from Kahuna. The album is Peace, LOVE, Ukulele not Peace, I'm a wanker, Ukulele

Don't know m8, it just seems to push all the wrong buttons in my brain. I love Jake, but I just think he's started to go down a bit of a Steve Vai dead end recently.

mm stan
07-27-2012, 04:09 AM
Take a listen to the samples (http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Love-Ukulele/dp/B004ICP8FS/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343396589&sr=301-1). I bet you'll find something you like.

Mahalo Ray,
On the list I reconized only one song...yes the recording sounds much cleaner and better....

wolfchs
07-27-2012, 05:13 AM
I will admit to being one of those to have bought this as a beginner on the uke (Feb. 2012)... actually part of the reason why I started playing the uke in the first place was bec. I wanted to take a stab at Bohemian Rhapsody (I know, I know, a bit of a dreamer here, but like my motto in life, nothing is impossible) I bought a Luna Tattoo Pineapple from Hawaii Music Supply. Played it and realized I needed more frets to be able to actually play some of the songs so I changed to a Concert sized uke. Also, I used to play the guitar and mostly a picker (is that the right word? :confused:) so it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Right now, I'm working on Me and Shirley T (by Jake too) which is not in this book.

Dan Uke
07-27-2012, 05:59 AM
Suprisingly, lot's of Jake's songs are not that hard to play slow. What's tough is to make it sound good and play at the right speed.

sukie
07-27-2012, 06:33 AM
I'm a huge Jake fan. I will not buy this book. I'm not really a beginner any more, or so I'm told. But I don't understand why new players buy this. But the book doesn't have the tabs for Jake songs I really want to learn. I don't know Stan, not sure why you would want this.

AndrewKuker
07-27-2012, 10:28 AM
I understand why beginners buy it and some of the stuff is not that advanced. If you have some musical background you could maybe jump in on some of it. I think the second half of that album is epic. The thing is, if you like the music, go for it. But you should be inspired by the music and want to play it.
wolfchs- I love that song, Me and Shirley T! The song after is a beautiful solo piece, "floaters" I think? I wanna learn that one. You have a great attitude and that's the key.

foxfair
07-27-2012, 10:55 AM
I have this book because I like some songs like 143, hula girl and ukulele bro. Even I haven't learned any of those song completely. So Stan if you like any song inside the book, I'd say go for it.
I think the meaning of buying this book is not to become Jake one day, but this is an official transcription from Jake (and allowed by his manager lol...). You don't need to play like him exactly, or copy every note from the book. It is a good reference no matter what others think.

mm stan
07-27-2012, 12:31 PM
I really wasn't thinking of learning his songs rather than trying his tabs within the songs and getting certain riffs, finger positions and techniques....there is always something to learn between the lines even if it's not really your preference... my intention is not to copy Jake's style nor be like Jake...everyone has their own style they developed from their preferences, it's what makes playing music fun and so individual, creative and distinctive.....carve your own path rather than emulate others work....well if it's your thing and your favorite song... go for it...to me, going to a point where to learn a song that I don't enjoy playing, what's the use?? not talking about Jakes songs in particular..

Markr1
07-27-2012, 12:55 PM
I think you would like it Stan for some of the riffs. I bought it for While my guitar gently weeps and Bohemian rhapsody alone. I've been working on the first one I mentioned for a while now and tho it is difficult it's been fun and it's taught me some things. Next will be the 2nd one I mentioned. I always loved that song by Queen I was about 15 yrs old when it came out. I'll try some others after I get decent at those. Daniel said it perfectly it's not that difficult to play slowly but man it's tough when you try and put Jakes speed to it but it still sounds good slow. I would go for it if I were you. I got it on Amazon right after it came out for about $12 or $13. Good luck Stan.
I really wasn't thinking of learning his songs rather than trying his tabs within the songs and getting certain riffs, finger positions and techniques....there is always something to learn
between the lines even if it's not really your preference...

fkrebs4
07-27-2012, 03:03 PM
I saw the book in every store while I was in hawaii... Its definitely not something I'd spend the money on. If you're looking to learn some of Jake's songs check out some youtube videos.

fkrebs4
07-27-2012, 03:10 PM
I saw the book in every store while I was in hawaii... Its definitely not something I'd spend the money on. If you're looking to learn some of Jake's songs check out some youtube videos.

BigSkyUkuleleGirl
07-27-2012, 03:52 PM
I have it and I like it. I think a beginner could use it - it's all tabbed out if you use that and of course standard notation if you use that. I learned "Piano Forte" pretty quickly and was able to put my own spin on a few parts (there are 3 ukes in that particular song). I'll use it to learn some other tunes and probably give "Gently Weeps" and Queen a go at some point.

Like my other songbooks it's joined the rotation and I'll enjoy using it.

stevepetergal
07-27-2012, 05:50 PM
I say Buy It!!!

Trinimon
08-01-2012, 03:51 AM
FYI, Jake's book is on sale on Amazon.com for $13.59

Now if you buy Jim Tranquada/John King book The Ukulele: A History which happens to be on sale too for $14.57 you get free shipping!

The Ukulele: A History (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0824836340/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Jake Shimabukuro: Peace, Love, Ukulele (http://www.amazon.com/Jake-Shimabukuro-Peace-Love-Ukulele/dp/1458413772/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343828787&sr=8-1&keywords=jake+peace)