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Ukulele For Beginners

Ukulele For Beginners 2nd Edition

People of all ages and abilities can play the ukulele, from the complete novice to the musical maestro looking to add another instrument to their repertoire. Perhaps that's why so many people are picking up this handy and versatile instrument, and this book has everything you need to start making music with your new ukulele. We'll take you through choosing which type of uke is best for you, through warm ups and basic chords, to learning how to read tablature and musical notation, through to playing tunes in the styles of your favourite artists, from Taylor Swift and One Direction to Kanye West and Elvis Presley. Pick up this book and start strumming! Featuring: Getting started - Pick your ukulele, learn how to take care of it and get ready to play Techniques - Master basic chords, strumming patterns, finger-picking and more Reading music - Get to grips with tablature, notation and chord charts and start playing your favourite tunes Play in the style of... - Re-create the sound of artists like One Direction, Lorde, Bruno Mars and Bob Marley

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to ukulele for beginners

People of all abilities can play the ukulele, from complete novices who have never played an instrument before to accomplished musicians who want to add another string to their bow (so to speak). That’s probably why so many people, young and old, are picking up this versatile little instrument and making music. This edition of Ukulele for Beginners is the perfect companion for you and your new ukulele, and will help you decide which type of instrument – whether soprano, baritone, concert or electric – is right for you. You’ll learn how to play, from the basic major chords to tabs and even music theory and notation. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be rocking out on your uke in the styles of your favourite artists, including Green Day, Taylor…

3 min.
get to know your ukulele

Ukuleles come in many shapes and sizes, but they usually resemble small traditional acoustic guitars. They also come in four main sizes – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. A soprano ukulele usually measures about 21 inches in length and is most likely the one that you are holding in your hands right now, as it is far and away the most popular type. Concert ukuleles measure about 23 inches in length and are very similar to soprano ukuleles in terms of sound, as they are tuned the same way. Things start to get slightly different when we come to the tenor ukulele. These measure 26 inches in length and are tuned like soprano ukuleles. However, the fourth string, G, is one octave lower. Baritone ukuleles are the largest members of…

11 min.
choose the right ukulele

Soprano The soprano is seen as the most traditional ukulele and will give you that authentic ukulele sound If the ukulele has recently piqued your interest and inspired you to go out and buy one, the soprano sized version is likely to be what you’re looking for. The smallest ukulele you can get – not including the rare but growing in popularity sopranissimo – it also produces the highest sound (and the one you’ve got playing in your head right now). Coming in at the grand size of just 21 inches long, soprano ukuleles usually feature 12 frets (although some may have 14). Due to their size, they only have a range of 22 notes (turn to p.74 for more on reading music). Its standard tuning is GCEA. Although the soprano is the model…

3 min.
tune your ukulele

Before you start performing on your ukulele, it is essential that it is tuned correctly, which is a crucial skill to master. Ukuleles can be tuned in several keys with the most popular tuning based on the notes: G C E A There are several methods of tuning your instrument, with the majority involving you either tightening or loosening the open strings by turning the tuning pegs at the head of the ukulele. You may hear people refer to your instrument sounding sharp or flat. If your ukulele is sharp (sounding higher in pitch than the note you want), then you loosen the string. If it is flat (lower than the note you need), then tighten the string. To tune a ukulele, you will need to start with the string nearest to you…

4 min.
hold your ukulele

Your posture while playing the ukulele is vital – if you slouch or are generally seated badly, then you could easily pick up bad playing habits that make it much harder to learn to play your instrument. When learning, the best position is to remain seated with a nice straight back. You also need to be careful not to hold your ukulele too tightly to your chest – doing so will kill the volume and tone, so try to make as little bodily contact with the instrument as possible. In order to create more natural sound, position the back of the ukulele against your body, the underside of the neck so that it rests against the crook between your thumb and index finger, and your forearm on the front just behind…

1 min.
take care of your ukulele

You should treat your ukulele with the utmost respect, not only to keep it looking beautiful and shiny, but also to make sure you get the best possible sound out of it. Things like dust can muffle the notes, so it is worth cleaning regularly and storing your ukulele somewhere sensible. If you neglect your instrument, it could become damaged and not produce the results you want. Here are some handy dos and don’ts when it comes to handling your instrument. “Dust can muffle the notes, so it is worth cleaning regularly and storing your ukulele somewhere sensible” Clean your ukulele How best to go about cleaning the instrument 01 Loosen the strings Start off by loosening the strings of your ukulele slightly. You only need to loosen them just enough to get a cloth…