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Once the recorder was the first musical instrument that you learned to play at school, but these days the ukulele is becoming the most popular classroom choice. It’s cheap, light, easily portable, suitable for children’s small hands and can be used to play a surprisingly wide variety of songs and musical styles.

Ukulele for Beginners is a perfect introduction for anyone looking to learn to play. From choosing which kind of ukulele to learn to how to hold the instrument, from learning the names of the different strings to playing first chords, from strumming patterns to finger-picking, and learning simple first songs such as Swing Low Sweet Chariot, The Water is Wide and Down by the Riverside, the book guides the new learner through all the necessary steps.

With clear diagrams, instructions and notation, a large variety of musical styles are covered. Special features focus on famous ukulele players, such as Brittni Paiva, James Hill and George Formby. Written by a professional player, Ukulele For Beginners is illustrated with colour photographs and illustrations of chord tabs, and is an excellent first book on this increasingly popular instrument.

Format: 285 x 220mm (111⁄4 x 81⁄2”) pb
Extent: 144pp
Word count: 20,000 words
Illustrations: Over 100 colour photographs, 200 chord charts, diagrams and notation
ISBN: 9781782745181

Author details:

Tom Fleming is a professional guitar player, composer and author with many years’ experience as a guitar teacher and music examiner. He studied jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music and has contributed to a wide range of instructional music publications. He lives in London.