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I don't know if it's a phase a beginner goes through, but I am buying a LOT of books and going through things in them. I do prefer to look at something physical and mark things with pencil rather than look at a screen.

It's gotten to a point I don't consider much before clicking purchase if I deem it remotely to be useful or something I'm interested in. I'm going to have a shelf at this rate.
 
I don't know if it's a phase a beginner goes through, but I am buying a LOT of books and going through things in them. I do prefer to look at something physical and mark things with pencil rather than look at a screen.

It's gotten to a point I don't consider much before clicking purchase if I deem it remotely to be useful or something I'm interested in. I'm going to have a shelf at this rate.
I’m with you about physical books. Library books are great (don’t know how many times I’ve checked out Daily Ukulele). And Kindles are OK for novels. But for a music learning book, nothing beats the real deal.

Jim
 
I’m with you about physical books. Library books are great (don’t know how many times I’ve checked out Daily Ukulele). And Kindles are OK for novels. But for a music learning book, nothing beats the real deal.

Jim
Hardcore paper book person here. You always find out how many books you own when you move.
 
Check what's available at your library and maybe preview your purchases. Photocopy the pages you want before you go at them with a pencil though!
I don't know about others circumstances, but my county library chain has like a total of 3 ukulele books on their collection. It is a shame.

One of these days after COVID when they start taking donations again I can probably quintuple the size of their collection with the titles I no longer need.
 
I am a hard-core physical book person also, no matter what the subject is. There is nothing like something in print. A hardcover books feel like home, the smell, the feel, the experience.....OMG.
I have far too many printed ukulele learning books and manuals.
My best ukulele learning came from an in person music teacher and has been enhanced with with a plethora of printed materials.
Both have been instrumental in progression and learning.
Don't hesitate to take in all you can from all venues and practice, practice, practice.
My greatest gains have come from just pushing forward in playing and practicing.
 
I don't know if it's a phase a beginner goes through, but I am buying a LOT of books and going through things in them. I do prefer to look at something physical and mark things with pencil rather than look at a screen.

It's gotten to a point I don't consider much before clicking purchase if I deem it remotely to be useful or something I'm interested in. I'm going to have a shelf at this rate.
I believe a person can never have too many music books. I’ve been collecting them my whole life, so beware - it can certainly be more than a beginner phase for some people. My collection of printed music fills an entire wall of ceiling to floor bookcases. After a recent major purge, my piano music now accounts for only about 20% of the collection, 50% is music for celtic harp, 25% for ukulele, and 5% for hammered dulcimer. So anytime you start getting concerned about having “a shelf” of music, think of me and realize you’re doing just fine. :)
 
I believe a person can never have too many music books. I’ve been collecting them my whole life, so beware - it can certainly be more than a beginner phase for some people. My collection of printed music fills an entire wall of ceiling to floor bookcases. After a recent major purge, my piano music now accounts for only about 20% of the collection, 50% is music for celtic harp, 25% for ukulele, and 5% for hammered dulcimer. So anytime you start getting concerned about having “a shelf” of music, think of me and realize you’re doing just fine. :)

That is an amazing collection! I always feel inspired when I see people with shelves of books.
 
Once I got over the idea that I could buy skill via another or a more expensive ukulele and realized skill comes with practice and there aren’t any shortcuts, I started buying books like crazy. I’m a big believe that they’re wells of information that go deeper than anyone might initially think. Hal Leonard’s 3-Chord Songbook, for instance, is great for beginners because it has 50 songs that all have the same three chords. It builds up repertoire and confidence. But it also has standard notation so if you wanted to go back to it after your skill increases and start peppering the songs you’re strumming with some melody notes, well, that’s a pretty big step in musical development!

And then you can focus on how the song is put together and start learning some theory and the next thing you know, the skeletons of songs start to look logical!

And all from a book tons of people dismiss as just for beginners!
 
I don't know if it's a phase a beginner goes through, but I am buying a LOT of books and going through things in them. I do prefer to look at something physical and mark things with pencil rather than look at a screen.

It's gotten to a point I don't consider much before clicking purchase if I deem it remotely to be useful or something I'm interested in. I'm going to have a shelf at this rate.
There are a lot of free pdfs available. And I am not talking about illegal pdf copies. Those exist too. But there are a lot of free pdfs that were meant to be free pdfs. Here are some: https://www.ukeeducation.org/
 
I'm a book person too, and don't take a lot of consideration about purchasing books (any kind). I have not many ukulele books that catch my interest at my library, but I've found some good recommendations here. I've used online and pdf resources too, but I still rather have an actual book. Books are awesome.🤓📖
 
There are a lot of free pdfs available. And I am not talking about illegal pdf copies. Those exist too. But there are a lot of free pdfs that were meant to be free pdfs. Here are some: https://www.ukeeducation.org/
Wow, great stuff there! Thanks for sharing!
Yup, I have TAS, and FPS (Free PDFs Syndrome) as well. :)

I put the following list together a number of years ago and haven’t checked all of them for accuracy lately, so some of the links may no longer work. But this is where I have gotten most of my free pdfs, tabs, music notation, etc. There’s a ton of material on these websites. Once you start digging around inside some of them, be prepared to lose hours out your day. :)

https://www.capotastomusic.com/ukulele-sheet-music/tabs.htm
https://www.fingerstyle-rules.de/ukulele-tabs/
https://www.hochweber.ch/guitar.htm
http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/solobuch1.pdf
https://www.ukulele-arts.com/tabs-and-e-books/?lang=en
https://static1.squarespace.com/sta...0525697098/Chord+Melody+Songbook+11+12+17.pdf
https://sites.google.com/site/tabs4ukes/home-1
https://pdfminstrel.wordpress.com/2-standard-high-g-ukulele-pdfs/
https://www.ukeeducation.org
https://liveukulele.com/tabs/
http://snip.ly/lb8fz#https://ukucafe.wordpress.com/about/
http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/free-tabs/
http://www.chiefnoda.com/ukulele/index.html
https://ukenut.com/fingerstyle-ukulele-resources/
 
I still have music books I bought in the early 1980s when I was taking guitar lessons. Now I have versions of tunes, published by the actual composer or band, in their original version.

As you proceed with your ukulele life and keep looking at the books, you will pick up more knowledge of music and get better at reading music and your ears might even develop. And then every time you read the books its like the publisher has snuck into your house and added something new. Stuff that you never saw before because you did not know what you were looking at.

I keep them in plastic bags and now buy two copies if I can afford the cost, because the books do wear out over use and time.

If you have a tune from a book on your playlist, you can carry around a copy not the book. Either take a photo to carry it on your device or make a copy.
Taking a photo of a book tune is a great idea!
 
I like books a lot too. I'm used to them, I guess. Need that physical print in front of me to read and follow. Though videos are really useful too.
 
I love my music books … ever since I taught myself to read music (why didn't I do that years ago?) I've picked them up from here, there and everywhere.
Currently about 5 1/2ft of shelf space dedicated to commercial publications and another 18" or so of ring-binders I've filled with printed PDFs that I've downloaded or generated from ABC files … some of them are even "real" ukulele-specific publications :)
 
Because I'm evil, how about we feed the syndrome.
What is in your library?
 
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