Review: "Ukulele Method Book 1 with Online Audio" by Hal Leonard

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The Hal Leonard Ukulele Method is designed for anyone just learning to play ukulele. This comprehensive and easy-to-use beginner's guide by acclaimed performer and uke master Lil' Rev includes many fun songs of different styles to learn and play.

What Elliot has to say About the Book

Video Transcript

With school back in session, now is a great time to consider learning how to play one of the fastest-growing instruments on the planet, the ukulele.

It's fun, it's approachable, and more frequently it's being used in classrooms as a means to teach students the foundations of music theory. Hal Leonard's Ukulele Method provides a fantastic introduction to the instrument and is one of my top recommendations for students in grades 4 and up.

As is the case with all of Hal Leonard's method books for fretted instruments, one of the great things about it is its ease of use. It follows a very clear and logical format, and is great to use either with a teacher or on your own. There's a great balance between written instruction, visual images, and musical exercises, all of which are very child friendly.

I also like the fact that the book includes both standard musical notation and tablature, giving you extra support if necessary and the opportunity to learn how to read both forms. Learning how to read tabs is also particularly important if you wish to play songs by modern artists.

Another great feature about the book is that it does a good job of teaching you how to strum, a technique that's important to the instrument. Along with the help of visual images, you learn how to strum with both your thumb and your index finger and how to execute simple roll strokes.

As a whole, the method book is comprehensive and gives students a great platform to start with. There's a brief history of the ukulele, information about how to hold and tune it, and a helpful chord chart. Students also learn about how to read notes scales, rhythms, and identify different key and time signatures. There's a supplemental song book that's available for extra practice and a follow-up Book 2 in the Method series. So if you're considering learning how to play this great instrument and are trying to navigate between all the printed material that's already out there, consider starting with this great resource.

Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

Elliott's Print Music Reviews

Most of you know Cosmo Music as your one-stop shop for virtually any music instrument you want to play. What you may not know is that we also have an incredible selection of print music titles available in our store and online, as well. And when we say “incredible”, we mean tens of thousands of titles. If you’re looking for print music for something specific, we likely have it in stock, or can easily get our hands on it for you.

For those of you that have frequented our Print Music Department in the past, you’ll likely recognize Elliott. In this series, he’ll talk about some popular and not-so-popular titles that we’ve got available to you.

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