Skip to main content

Ukulele For Dummies

Ukulele For Dummies

Alistair Wood

ISBN: 978-0-470-97799-6

Aug 2011

360 pages


Learn everything ukulele—from chord progressions to playing pop, folk, and holiday favorites—and, yes, even Hawaiian music!

The ukulele is hot. The season one finale of Glee featured a ukulele. The recent hit song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train includes the dulcet tones of a uke. Not to mention the runaway success of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For anyone wishing to master this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics—from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger-picking.

  • The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracks of the entire musical notation in the book—creating a total musical instruction package
  • Offers instruction in a variety of styles—including pop, folk, holiday favorites, and Hawaiian music
  • Features a buying guide for the novice—with tips on purchasing a ukulele plus other necessary accessories

With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making beautiful music—as they tiptoe through the tulips—in no time.


Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version


Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing Ukulele Basics 7

Chapter 1: Exploring the Ukulele 9

Chapter 2: Tuning Up to Sound Great 21

Chapter 3: Discovering How to Handle Your Ukulele 31

Part II: Starting Out With Chords and Strumming 41

Chapter 4: Playing Your First Ukulele Chords and Songs 43

Chapter 5: Drumming Up More Strumming Patterns 65

Chapter 6: Meeting the Chords and Their Families 87

Part III: Picking and Single-Note Playing 111

Chapter 7: Getting to Grips with Tabs and Notation 113

Chapter 8: Discovering Fingerpicking Patterns 131

Chapter 9: Combining Melodies and Chords When Playing Solo 147

Chapter 10: Picking Up Some Soloing Techniques 157

Part IV: Discovering Genres and Styles 175

Chapter 11: Rocking Out With Your Uke 177

Chapter 12: Playing the Blues to Lift Your Spirits 191

Chapter 13: Saying ‘Aloha’ to the Hawaiian Style 209

Chapter 14: Jazzing Up Your Uke Playing 217

Chapter 15: Strumming Up the Jawaiian Style 227

Chapter 16: Getting Classy: Classical Masterpieces for Ukulele 235

Part V: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele 249

Chapter 17: Weighing Up Your Options When Buying a Ukulele 251

Chapter 18: Splashing Out on Essentials and Accessories 259

Chapter 19: Restringing, Maintaining and Adjusting Your Uke 267

Part VI: The Part of Tens 277

Chapter 20: Ten (Plus) Ukulele Players to Know 279

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene 285

Chapter 22: Ten (Or So) Tips for Improving Your Playing 291

Part VII: Appendixes 297

Appendix A: Chord Charts 299

Appendix B: Reading Standard Musical Notation 303

Appendix C: Audio Tracks 315

Index 323

QR Links
Bonus Chapter: The Ukulele: A Magical History Tour


Video 1

Video 3