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Ukulele Exercises For Dummies

Ukulele Exercises For Dummies

Brett McQueen, Alistair Wood

ISBN: 978-1-118-50685-1

May 2013

272 pages

In Stock

$22.99

Description

Take your ukulele playing to the next level - fast! - with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes

You have a ukulele, you know just enough to be dangerous, and now you're ready to do something with it. You're in luck: Ukulele Exercises For Dummies helps you become a better player. This practice-based book focuses on the skills that entry-level players often find challenging and provides tips, tricks and plenty of cool exercises that will have you creating music in no time that include:

• Creating rock-steady strumming patterns and rhythms
• Becoming a better fingerpicker with patterns, arpeggio exercises, and solo fingerpicking pieces
• Expanding your fretboard knowledge and crafting your own rock, blues and jazz riffs and solos
• Playing actual songs on the ukulele - everything from the classic ukulele tunes to the 12 bar blues!
• Downloadable audio files of the exercises found in the book, providing you with a self-contained practice package

No matter if you're a beginning ukulele player or you're wanting to stretch and improve your chops, Ukulele Exercises For Dummies puts you on your way to becoming a ukulele extraordinaire!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Ukulele Exercises 7

Chapter 1: Preparing to Practise9

Chapter 2: Warming Up for Practice 15

Part II: Becoming a Better Strummer 23

Chapter 3: Foundations For Strumming 25

Chapter 4: Building a Repertoire of Strumming Patterns 33

Chapter 5: Taking Strumming Patterns to a Higher Level 55

Chapter 6: Refining Advanced Strumming Techniques 73

Part III: Becoming a Better Fingerpicker 89

Chapter 7: Examining Fingerpicking Technique 91

Chapter 8: Developing Rhythmic Fingerpicking Patterns 97

Chapter 9: Improving Your Solo Fingerpicking Skills 117

Chapter 10: Taking a Deeper Look at Single-Note Fingerpicking Techniques 135

Part IV: Mastering the Ukulele Fretboard 151

Chapter 11: Learning the Fretboard with Major Scales 153

Chapter 12: Taking On Three Minor Scales 177

Chapter 13: Commanding the Fretboard with Chords 197

Chapter 14: Using Scales to Solo and Improvise 213

Part V: The Part of Tens 229

Chapter 15: Ten Ways to Improve Your Practice Times 231

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Every Performing Ukulele Player 235