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The best £3.87 I've ever spent. I bought a Uke just under a month ago and was trying to use YouTube and a book my hubby bought (which was good but seemed to focus on plucking rather than strumming tunes.) I was doing ok but I was getting frustrated with strumming evenly and in time and also then singing along. I was all but giving up on being able to play which annoyed me as I can already play another instrument (the flute) so was expecting it not to be so difficult learning another.
This book saved me from throwing my Uke out the window. The video tutorial was immensely helpful and encourages you to work up towards playing a tune at the proper speed and then singing along. You can replay as many times as needed. Now I have the background understanding of how the strumming works and some of the patterns I'm finding I can pick up tunes off YouTube or elsewhere and play them much more easily.
For those buying it as an ebook, don't worry you still get access to the video like you would I'd you had a hard copy. There is a link at the front of the book to click and you register with your email (the one attached to your Amazon account). The added bonus of the ebook is it's pennies compared to a hard copy.
I am new to the ukulele and I believe with this book and DVD I will be well on my way to becoming a musician. I have a cheap ukulele ($24.99 from a beginners kit) and swapped out the strings and tuned it. The book that came with my ukulele was really good and informative but I was thankful to find one that came with a DVD. I have watched part of the DVD and it is amazing - just what the beginner needs. I saw reviews that had said there was no menu and you just had to forward to the spot you wanted. The book does have a location number for each section that you can forward to on your DVD player but I do agree a menu would have been nice. As a beginner, I will need to watch the DVD and practice along in order so the jumping to different sections really is not an issue for me. I have learned some things here about music in general that I had not seen before in some of my beginner acoustic guitar books/DVD's. He covers a lot of strumming techniques and teaches about counting them out. Very informative, excellent resource for the beginner ukulele player. I am very thankful, very thankful to have found this! The instructor is amazing and knows how to connect with the non-musically inclined and teach about music. He has a sense of belief that comes across that absolutely anyone can pick up a ukulele, tune it, and play by watching his DVD. I believe him! A special thanks to the instructor for putting this together...I feel that this was meant just for me. Best Wishes!
After examining several other beginner ukulele books it was refreshing to find this book which combines the benefits of several, all in one. Ideal for brand new beginners or for others (like me) who have more musical training, the information and instructions in this book can benefit all.
I am currently teaching a class of 15 beginning ukulele players and am using the Table of Contents from Bert Casey's Ukulele Primer as the curriculum for my class. All the written instructions can be reinforced with viewing and following along with Bert Casey on the DVD.
Some highlights that distinguish Bert Casey's book, DVD and instructional approach are: Strumming instructions concurrent with the melody line and learning the chords for each song 15 songs are included, fun to play & sing, starting with "He's Got the Whole World" using only 2 chords Instructions for Calypso and Reggae strums are included and there is a strum library in the appendix Includes information on understanding and reading ukulele tablature The illustrations and diagrams of how to hold the uke and finger the chords are clear and easily understood There are substantially more chords presented than other beginner books, including bar chords Has an excellent 2 full page chord chart in the appendix Appendix includes basic music theory detailing how chords are formed within each key signature The DVD follows track by track the instructions printed in the book DVD can be put in repeat mode to play particular pieces of music continuously so you can play along Bert Casey's manner on the DVD will put all players at ease, no matter what skill level
As I've been listing these details, I've been thinking how far superior this book is to any of the others I've tried. If you are interested in learning to play the ukulele or progressing further than other beginner books have taken you, I would highly encourage you to purchase and enjoy this book and DVD. May you (and or anyone for whom you might be buying this book) have many happy years of ukulele playing!
For the absolute beginner or someone wanting review (like me), the DVD is so easy to follow along. Everything is clearly explained. It's really like learning over the Internet, except I can stop and rewind (and i can afford these lessons). I think all beginners should start out with a good teacher. If you are doing that, this is a great book for getting acquainted with your instrument and getting comfortable before the first lesson. These are good songs that work at campfires or just casual meets. I have had so many instructional books over time. I'm really delighted with this one.
I bought this for my kids, as we got them ukuleles for Christmas, but both my wife and I have also jumped on the bandwagon, as it is fun to play and this book makes it easy to dive into songs you know. Good start for someone with no knowledge of playing an instrument or if you have played something else before. Simple songs that don't take long to master and then progress in a nice manner to build your skill. Both our 5 and 8-year-old have been able to use this without too much help from us, so happy with this purchase.
Wow! You get video lessons with this book. I have started playing from scratch and have found the book and lessons to be an excellent tool! I saw some reviews saying the songs are old and some unrecognizable. If your goal is to learn how to play, it doesn’t matter if these are ultimately the exact songs you will choose to play. The teacher has selected songs with beginning cords and strum patterns and uses a metronome to build speed. This book teaches techniques to use while building one’s repertoire. I for one, am grateful for having found such a useful tool for my early uke journey!
This was a Christmas gift for my husband, who had just gotten a ukulele for his birthday. He uses it every day, and is particularly pleased that it is nicely progressive. The explanations and illustrations are clear and concise. The first songs use only two chords which enabled him to play quickly. As he progresses with new chords there are new songs using those chords. He likes having the cd to play with as well. This is a perfect book for beginners.