A new book on ukuleles came out recently, "Ukulele for Dummies", written by the one and only Alistair Wood founder of http://www.ukulelehunt.com/ !
I was really excited when I first heard they were going to make a "Dummies" book for the ukulele, and even better, the author would be the founder of one of my favourite uke sites! Of course, I pre-ordered it!
When it arrived, I tore the packaging like a rabit dog - almost hurting the precious book!
I read it cover to cover, and let me tell y'all, it is great!!!!
In most of the ukulele self teaching books I got, you can just find a teeny tiny description of technique (and if it is a good method, you will even find 1 ou 2 obscure pictures) and then on with the song. No real explainations on why, or really how...
For someone who does not have a ukulele club or teacher to go to in case of questions, this is really frustrating.
But this books changes things!!!! It's the "ukulele bible". Indeed, the book starts with the basics on how to hold the ukulele, but not just one little paragraph. No, you have real indications with pictures to go with the explanations. You also have pictures showing you how to hold the chords!
The book is progressive and well structured. You'll learn how to tune the ukulele, chords, minor and major scales, tips on buying your ukulele and how to care for it, about soloing, picking, and much more! It comes with a CD with Alistair Wood playing strumming patterns or the songs taught in the book.
The language is simple and you get Alistair Wood's good sens of humour in the reading!
I highly recommend this be the first book you buy when starting out with the ukulele. It will answer all your questions and will save you time and frustration when trying to figure out things on your own.
I also recommend this book for intermediate and advanced ukulele players, just because it is fun, and it is always good to go back to the basics from time to time!
The only complaint I would have, is that the book comes with a CD and not a DVD. When I was trying to figure out what a chunk was and how to do it, the explanations in the method I was using at the time, did not speak to me. Even the Uke Minutes on Ukulele Underground did not suffice, but the lessons of Ukulele Underground University did the trick for me, because I could see what I was supposed to do. I got the chunk down in 1 afternoon thanks to that lesson! (Thanks UU+!)
So, I guess that would be the only criticism I could do!
Other than that, I have to thank Alistair Wood for such an outstanding job on the book, and making learning the ukulele fun and simple!
For me, this is the ONLY ukulele book a beginner should buy.
Check out the link I put up, it will get you to the book's Appendix!
Grab your copy today, start learning and have tons of fun with it!