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The book has good basic instruction. I have found other books to be more comprehensive for just a few dollars more. I have already been well served with lots of other instructional books from the library as well as lots of great online video instruction, which is now quite prolific due to the popularity of the ukulele. The Kindle version for $5 would have been a better option for me. I agree with some of the reviewers that the choice of "popular" songs leaves a lot to be desired, both due to the inappropriate lyrics of some and questionable popularity. But I suppose copyright issues preclude the inclusion of a better song selection.
Pros: The book is for the absolute beginner...someone who has never played any instrument. The chord chart in the back is excellent, and it allows you to make up your own song. Different strumming patterns and exercises are easy to follow. The video is very helpful.
Things I would like to see added: A finger chart showing you which notes are on which frets. A more advanced section on picking or picking patterns. More songs...15 songs is not a wide selection, and the first songs are very simple. It would be nice to have MORE "Island" songs rather than the typical folk songs. When I think of the ukulele, I think of "Aloha 'Oe", not "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
In general, this book is written for the absolute beginner; not someone who has ever played any other musical instrument. It does not progress far and is only meant as a starter. It would be nice to see some more advanced material added. After one day, I've gone through more than half of the book, and I don't think that it will take much time to get through the second half.
Finished the book now. I've upgraded the rating to 3 because the end of the book was more challenging. It could still use a more substance, though. Even a bit of music theory would help.
This book and online program isn't for me. The online guy isn't my cup of tea and the books approach - for me - wasn't nearly as effective as the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method 1. This book, for me, spent too much time on things I found boring and uses songs I didn't particularly want to learn (and didn't like hearing with this guy). I found with the Hal Leonard book that I not only could almost immediately pick out tunes I knew using notes, but I also learned the notes in first position, which set a much more solid foundation. I recommend the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method 1 along with some Cynthia Lin youtube beginner videos as a great way to start learning the Uke to both start learning songs right away, and build a solid foundation in a way that is actually fun.
This product is alright. I personally found it to be a little harder to learn from than other products out there. I haven’t had a chance to look at the DVD yet, and maybe that will make the difference. I had bought another book along with this one that is more for people who can’t read notes, and I primarily use that.