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The ukulele has gone from strength to strength in recent years, undergoing a massive resurgence. You can hear the uke all over the place, from trendster indie rock to top ten pop songs, from unshakeable TV ads to YouTube megahits. And this obsession shows no sign of abating - all over the country people are picking up a ukulele and starting to strum, at home, in classes anThe ukulele has gone from strength to strength in recent years, undergoing a massive resurgence. You can hear the uke all over the place, from trendster indie rock to top ten pop songs, from unshakeable TV ads to YouTube megahits. And this obsession shows no sign of abating - all over the country people are picking up a ukulele and starting to strum, at home, in classes and down at the pub. Schools are even replacing the faithful recorder with a jazzy, inexpensive uke. Famous idlers Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson have spent hours idling away on their ukuleles to produce the ultimate uke handbook: an illustrated guide to its history crossed with a how-to guide and songbook. This is the book that will bring the underground movement into the mainstream.The first half of the book delves into the rich history of this eccentric little instrument, from its birth in Hawaii to its popularity across the world, with a timeline from 1879 to today and a ukulele hall of fame that includes George Formby, Hawaiian legend Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and YouTube ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro.Then on to the practicalities: the anatomy of the ukulele, which uke to buy, how to play it, how to strum, pick, read chord charts and tune the strings. Once you know all this, you can get playing the songbook, which includes a wide spread of songs from medieval lays and nursery rhymes to blues and rock 'n roll. Beautiful presentation and tab notation make reading the music easy, even for beginners.With the highest production values, a light touch and an irresistible instrument at centre stage, this book is a must-have for all aspiring Formbys....

Title : The Ukulele Handbook
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ISBN : 9781620402207
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The Ukulele Handbook Reviews

  • Kristen
    2018-12-06 20:26

    A kind of interesting mix of ukulele history and how to play the ukulele. I found the history interesting, and I thought the 6 week lesson plan looked good, but this was a library book and I don't think the lesson plans at the end were essential enough to make it a must buy. I have some other ukulele books that cover similar ground. But if you're interested in the ukulele's evolution in pop culture, the first half is a good overview. (And if you don't have other learn to play books, the second part is useful, as well.)

  • Alan Fricker
    2018-11-18 19:34

    Not that bothered by the history bits in the end and the learning to play stuff is limited if quite clear

  • Nathan
    2018-11-22 15:19

    The Ukulele Handbook is divided into three sections--a History of the Ukulele, a 6-week primer for newbies, and a song section. The history is fascinating, but plagued with usability issues. I found the frequent call-out sections distracting. Every two or three pages, there's a biographical subsection on an Important Ukulele Personage. Sometimes these subsections would be several pages themselves. By the time I finished reading the subsection, I forgot what the mainline text was about, and I'd have to flip back and forth to recover the train of thought. In addition, while the full-color photos are nice, the black text on wood-grain background is difficult to read. The authors' tone was condescending at times, with personal music preferences coloring objective data--Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro's playing is praised, while his choice of songs (he covers Adele and Sting, among others) is impugned.The Primer is useful for beginners. It begins with a "Buying a Ukulele" section, and I have pet peeves with that, viz. most people using this book will already have a ukulele of some sort, possibly a low-end or beginner's version. These sections only serve to make ukulele owners dissatisfied with their current instrument.Continuing in the primer, the book shows how to tune the ukulele, how to replace strings and restring for southpaws, and other Before You Get Started information. It's pretty detailed, although I would have preferred more detailed photos on how to wind the strings around the tuning pegs rather than how to drop knotted strings into a slotted bridge, which I think is pretty self-explanatory. The primer continues with how to make basic chords and various strumming techniques.

  • Benenden School Library
    2018-11-21 17:20

    The Ukulele Handbook includes the history of the ukes, how to play them, and a section full of songs.First of all the history section is full of facts about people who have played the ukulele and how the ukulele has evolved in its stages through time. It highlights lots of memorable and interesting uke players. As they say in the book, "Music self-played, is happiness self-made."Second of all, there is the section explaining how to play the ukulele. This helps a lot for beginners. Personally I didn't find it much help, since I have gone a bit past that point.The final section contains songs to play e.g Scarborough Fair. This is just a fun ending so if you are a beginner then you can put together what you have learnt and play!Personally I think that The Ukulele Handbook is a great book, except that most of the history section can be a bit boring. It is very good to show how it went in and out of fashion, but I think that it should be summed up a bit more. - Poppy, Year 8

  • Sam
    2018-11-29 16:14

    This is a good ukulele book, by the The Idler guys, changing the world one tiptoe through the tulips at a time. There's uke history, as much as most people would want. No, here's as much uke history as most people want: the proto-uke was invented in the 19th century on a Portuguese African island, & transplanted to Hawaii by immigrants, and then became popular in the US & UK in the Roaring Twenties, and then became passe in the Depression '30s, and then came back again recently. There's plenty to explore further, after reading this book: uke-ist pop music of the past century, online uke resources, recommended books, etc. There are handy chord charts & easy-ish songs that are tasteful.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-30 18:13

    As this was a library book, I didn't have time to go through all the exercises/lessons, but the history was interesting. Last night at my local uke lesson, my instructor commented - don't hold your thumb & finger together, which was the one tip I thought was cool. Not so much I guess. Nice chord charts front & back.

  • Vanessa
    2018-12-15 16:17

    Great little handbook. The how to section is pretty short, compared to other self learning manual, so you can pick up quick tips and start playing right away. The history section is longer than what's usually in other books; I was impatient to read through it at first but it's actually great to learn more about the history and culture behind this fun little instrument.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-18 19:15

    This is nice for the compact format an easily-accessible chord charts on the fold-out back flap. Beyond that, there's not a lot that's not covered in other, similarly just fine uke books.

  • Anne Ku
    2018-12-08 17:17

    I love this book. I read it in the library and then waited for it to be available to borrow. The history of ukulele, the main characters, and six first lessons ---- really make the ukulele accessible.