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RobMacKillop
03-08-2013, 06:02 AM
Hi guys. I have written seven uke books for Mel Bay, and they've asked me twice now to write another. I'm considering it, but wonder what you would like to see me write. Arrangements? Studies? Anything else?

Rob

grendel1972
03-08-2013, 06:09 AM
Hi guys. I have written seven uke books for Mel Bay, and they've asked me twice now to write another. I'm considering it, but wonder what you would like to see me write. Arrangements? Studies? Anything else?

Rob

First, thanks for all your contributions to date!

Going forward, I would love to see a studies/etudes book for the uke.

hibiscus
03-08-2013, 06:18 AM
Solo arrangements, popular music~love your books!

RobMacKillop
03-08-2013, 06:23 AM
I already have two books of studies - 40 pieces in all. If it is to be another studies book, should they be harder, or simpler?

RobMacKillop
03-08-2013, 06:25 AM
Popular music is a possibility, but there are royalty payments to be made, so that would be a choice for Mel Bay.

Thanks for the nice comments.

Keep the suggestions coming, they do help me sort my thoughts out. It could go any way.

veep
03-08-2013, 06:27 AM
Solo finger style of hymns .

grendel1972
03-08-2013, 06:43 AM
I already have two books of studies - 40 pieces in all. If it is to be another studies book, should they be harder, or simpler?

I have and enjoy your fingerstyle studies books. I guess what I am thinking of is a progressive set of studies geared more towards chords, different versions of the same chords (replacements up the neck), etc., but in a way that is built into a song. One example: you have a song with chord changes that would be very taxing in the "basic" shapes, but are much easier at a different inversion/place on the neck.

I've lately been doing this a bit on the fly, but a structured set of studies that builds some of this in would be fantastic.

RobMacKillop
03-08-2013, 06:48 AM
Hymns - a possibility. There are many beautiful melodies there.

Chords studies - another possibility. I think I see what you are getting at, grendel1972.

ukeofcarl
03-08-2013, 07:09 AM
Do you do jazz?

RobMacKillop
03-08-2013, 07:20 AM
Yes, and blues. Ragtime too. Possibilities. I'll let Mel Bay know what you are saying here.

UkeKiddinMe
03-08-2013, 07:25 AM
How about fingerstyle arrangements of some modern songs - with the book in two versions - soprano and baritone.
With audio examples.

LifesShort
03-08-2013, 07:44 AM
I vote for fingerstyle hymns, also.

Rubio MHS
03-08-2013, 07:47 AM
Scales for low-g uke, including 3-per-string scales.

Barbablanca
03-08-2013, 07:58 AM
"Accompanying Jigs, Reels. Hornpipes & Strathspeys" - How to play the Uke and still have fun at a Celtic music session. That would be very useful for me ;)

It could be based around non-copyright traditional songs that illustrate common variations on each type of popular sessions tunes, but be aimed at giving the learner confidence to be able to join in as an accompanist on any session. There is virtually nothing in the market that offers this option and very few YouTube Videos that even scratch the surface of the area.

Newportlocal
03-08-2013, 08:01 AM
Yes, and blues. Ragtime too. Possibilities. I'll let Mel Bay know what you are saying here.

I how I wish someone had more of Rabbit Muse's work available. It's hard to find.

itsme
03-08-2013, 08:13 AM
I'd like to see more transcriptions of classical guitar pieces for uke.

ukeofcarl
03-08-2013, 09:00 AM
I'd like to see more transcriptions of classical guitar pieces for uke.

Classical guitar for uke is great fun.

23skidoo
03-08-2013, 09:07 AM
Do you do jazz?

I also play a bit of guitar and used your online/video companions while trying to work through the Mickey Baker book. I didn't make it all the way through the book, but your material was very helpful for the parts I covered. Would something similar - even an adaptation of the Baker book - be a possibility? Not necessarily based on the Baker book, but a progressive jazz method specific to ukulele voicings?

pulelehua
03-08-2013, 09:51 AM
I've e-published a few things (not so prolific or high profile as you!), and tried a progressive beginner-intermediate chord solo book. I found it really hard to get to grips with, and would love to see it done justice. <this is where you step in ;) >

Stackabones
03-08-2013, 10:21 AM
Hymns would be great! How about duets or trios?

ukeofcarl
03-08-2013, 10:30 AM
Duets and trios are also great fun.

BlueLatitude
03-08-2013, 10:39 AM
I'd like to see some fingerstyle Hawaiian music. I love the Pekelo books -- something like those tunes would be nice, but for reentrant tuning.

I know there's lots of Hawaiian stuff available but it all seems to be for singing.

lakesideglenn
03-08-2013, 11:17 AM
Songs of Cliff Edwards aka Ukulele Ike

Luke El U
03-08-2013, 11:30 AM
I personally would love another Baroque book, Atoine Carre as a stylistic alternative to the Sanz. Admittedly, a really good fingerstyle country blues book would be nice and probably sell better. If it were Ragtime, I'd love to see a Scott Joplin book but WITHOUT the Entertainer or Maple Leaf Rag. Would love a version of Solace and the many other beautiful rags of Joplin.

Ben_H
03-08-2013, 11:39 AM
"Accompanying Jigs, Reels. Hornpipes & Strathspeys" - How to play the Uke and still have fun at a Celtic music session. That would be very useful for me ;)

It could be based around non-copyright traditional songs that illustrate common variations on each type of popular sessions tunes, but be aimed at giving the learner confidence to be able to join in as an accompanist on any session. There is virtually nothing in the market that offers this option and very few YouTube Videos that even scratch the surface of the area.

+1 :)

also ragtime would be nice

NewKid
03-08-2013, 02:08 PM
I think it would be helpful to have a ukulele club book. Instruction that frees the group from making 40 copies of every song and strumming the same rhythm for every song - with I-IV-V7 basics and the value and fun of really playing together. Helpful club guidelines, how to make beginners feel comfortable, organizing the session, and best practices from uke clubs around the country.

Don