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This book is more suited to play on an electronic keyboard, as the pieces do not have ukulele tab notation. This would make it very hard for a beginner to find notes on a four string ukulele. Also, some of the pieces are quite complex, even for someone who has learnt music for a while.
With time and practice, one could learn to play these song on a ukulele. But, if you are an absolute beginner, look elsewhere.
If this is a collection of the first 50 songs to learn on ukulele, it's a weird mixture. Some are hits, some are not. Some are oldies and standards, and some are much more recent pop hits. Some require only a few basic chords and two pages of sheet music, and some songs run through 6 pages with complex chords like Bb, which most beginning uke players hate. I like flipping through the book and finding songs to play, but I think the title is incorrect and misleading.
I like this book. I like the selection of songs. I like that it doesn't have the TABs because I want to learn to read music rather than tabs. BUT, it does hae songs with notes below middle C. The lowest note on a ukulele is middle C. So I really don't understand how we are supposed to play low As and Bs. It is a ukulele book. How can there be songs in here that cant be played on a ukeluele. And they don't explain how to play these.
There's a good variety of songs. Each song has the lyrics, melody written on a staff, chords and fingering with each chord change. However, that takes up a lot of space so songs take multiple pages. Most songs are three pages long. The longest is "I'm Your's" by Jason Mraz at five pages long. I'd like to give it a higher review but flipping pages for a 4 chord progression so I can read the lyrics is a big turn off.
Same songs as found in many books. Songs I don't want. Like Hallelujah, This land is your land, Escape, Auld Lang Syne, Amazing Grace, Afternoon Delight, Mack the knife, I'm yours. Who wants these songs? ☹️ And they're in many books.
I was hoping this would be more of a true beginner song book but it’s more of an advanced beginner song book (lots of chord changes and more difficult cords). Just putting this out there so you know what to expect.