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hoosierhiver
01-17-2009, 05:22 PM
Been enjoying the warm california weather at NAMM for the past few days,(it was fifteen below when we left Indiana Friday morning). I had a chance to talk to good ol' Jim Beloff who can be credited with helping restart the current ukulele craze.He has a new Blues Ukulele book that looked really nice,it has some good tunes and is set up so you can follow the songs strumming or picking.I think it is the first and only Blues ukulele book so far.

ke leo
01-17-2009, 06:17 PM
I'm taping Jim tomorrow. Stop by his booth around noon.

GreyPoupon
01-18-2009, 03:23 AM
There is also this ebook download (for a fee) at howtoplayukulele.com

http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-blues-ukulele/

Has anyone downloaded this ebook? Is it worthwhile? Sounds great.

I am intrigued that there is so many ukulele blues posts lately. Has blues on ukulele always been popular, or is this a new trend?

Personally I feel tremendous gratitude to Ken Middleton and Pete Howlett for posting such great instructional videos on the blues and related genres. I think I spent about 5 hours over the weekend working on "I got a gal..."

cashew
01-18-2009, 04:27 AM
There is also this ebook download (for a fee) at howtoplayukulele.com

http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-blues-ukulele/

Has anyone downloaded this ebook? Is it worthwhile? Sounds great.

I am intrigued that there is so many ukulele blues posts lately. Has blues on ukulele always been popular, or is this a new trend?

Personally I feel tremendous gratitude to Ken Middleton and Pete Howlett for posting such great instructional videos on the blues and related genres. I think I spent about 5 hours over the weekend working on "I got a gal..."

That e-book is Woodshed's (keeper of all that is wonderful at ukulelehunt.com)

I have his Christmas book, which is excellent, I can't see the blues book being anything less than great.
--Nut

bluesuke
01-18-2009, 04:38 AM
I have both and would recommend them. Jim's book comes with a CD that you can follow along with

hoosierhiver
01-18-2009, 05:56 AM
2008 has seen new frontiers in ukulele music.Ukulele Blues and bluegrass are a pretty new phenomina.

redsedge
01-18-2009, 11:07 AM
I got the blues and the ragtime ebooks from ukulelehunt for Christmas. They're quite a challenge for me - I've been playing for barely a year - but very informative, with playing tips, tabs and mp3s as well as sound samples to illustrate each point made in the text. Plenty to dip into, learn from and return to.

I also like Del Ray's Blue Uke DVD which I'm slowly working my way through and would recommend this along with any of Woodshed's things.

HoldinCoffee
01-18-2009, 11:55 AM
I have Woodshed's How To Play Blues Uke and it is a righteous instructional. Its easy to follow, understand, yet challenging enough to keep me interested.

There's also:
A GUIDE TO BLUES CHORD PROGRESSIONS FOR UKULELE FROM A TO Z by Curt Sheller. (Its on Elderly.com for $17)

And OF COURSE:
Learn to play Blues Ukulele with Rigk Sauer (DVD)

tHeDirTyJoHnSon
01-20-2009, 12:12 AM
2008 has seen new frontiers in ukulele music.Ukulele Blues and bluegrass are a pretty new phenomina.

2009 gonna be an even bigger year for Ukulele Blues, Mike,,
I kick'd my year of with this sweat lil' number:music:
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=TN7BdycOw1o

Woodshed
01-20-2009, 11:11 AM
Thanks to everyone who said nice things about my ebook.

On the subject of Curt Sheller's book, he's uploaded it to Scribd where you can read it for free:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9404757/A-Guide-to-Blues-Progressions-for-Ukulele-A-to-Z

thejumpingflea
01-20-2009, 04:33 PM
Excellent stuff. Thanks guys!

LonnaB
01-21-2009, 06:09 AM
I'm coming in late here, but I can also recommend Woodshed's blues book.

I've been playing for three years and this book was exactly the kind of challenge I needed to push forward.

I prefer Al's books to Jim's in general- but that might be about song selection. That, and I dig Al's sense of humor. And, he's awesome about answering questions, even the really stupid questions I sometimes have:).