Monday, January 9, 2012
Book Review: Learn to Play the Ukulele
This book is a fun book. I got a free downloaded version to put on my Kindle Fire. My daughter has a Ukulele and she is trying to learn how to play it. I think the downloaded version is okay but I think it would be best to have a hard copy with the CD. I would love to get a hard copy so my daughter and I could learn to play.
This book will teach readers basic playing techniques for the ukulele. No prior musical experience is assumed. They will learn how to hold the instrument, position the hands, strumming techniques, basic chords and beyond. The enclosed CD guides the reader through a series of exercises, which are organized in a progressive fashion (practicing one strum and slowly building to more complicated rhythmic patterns). The CD also includes a variety of charming songs that readers will be able to strum along with (starting with one/two chords and progressing on to more complex). Encouraging tips are included as well as fun/interesting trivia and sidebars about the ukulele. Music theory is included, but the emphasis is on getting up to speed and on with the fun of playing quickly.
About the Author
Bill Plant is a woodworker from Australia where he has taught furniture design, joinery and general woodworking at a local college (Goulburn Ovens TAFE). He also teaches private classes. He has been published in Australian Wood Review, Australian Woodworker, Practical Woodworking (UK), Good Woodworking UK) and IO magazine. He has written brochures for Mitre 10 (an Australian hardware chain). He has a degree in fine arts including photography and has studied writing. He has taught over 300 people how to play the ukulele and has started several ukulele groups. When he is not surfing in South Australia or touring the desert, tropical rain forests, beaches and reefs---you’ll find him in his shop playing or making ukuleles.