[Although still available, it's recently been republished as 'Ukulele for Beginners'. Click here for info]
I've written a book about the whys, the hows and the whos of the ukulele. It's probably the only book you'll ever need about the ukulele, though I say so myself.
- Clearly written and easy to understand
- No knowledge of music required
- Beautifully designed with full colour photos
- Chords to learn and songs to strum (play along online)
- Pull-out chord dictionary
- Simple and advanced strumming techniques
- Complete history of the ukulele including great players from past and present.
- Startling ukulele revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong, Elvis Presley and more...
"Get Plucky with the Ukulele is just as much fun as taking a new uke out of its case, and even more informative." Philip Pullman
"Witty, informative and opinionated. I heartily recommend picking up a copy." Ukulele Hunt (Al Wood)
"As someone who seems to spend all my waking hours immersed in the ukulele, I learned much from this book. Beautifully presented and illustrated throughout… Highly recommended." Got A Ukulele (Barry Maz)
Play Along With the Book
To accompany the 'How to Play' section of the book, I've recorded some stripped-down versions of all the songs in the book so that you can play along with me. Wait for the little blue 'Play' buttons to appear below the song titles and then get strumming.
If you have any problems seeing or hearing the tracks on this page, please click HERE to go to my Soundcloud page where you can listen to and download all the tracks to your computer.
Here they are:
First Check Your Tuning!
Row Your Boat - page 108
Freres Jacques - page 109
Baby Please Don't Go - page 110
London Bridge is Falling Down - page 113
Down in the Valley - page 114
Oh My Darling Clementine - page 116
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - page 118
Amazing Grace - page 119
Down by the Riverside - page 120
Sweet Home Chicago - page 123
When the Saints Go Marching In - page 125
Midnight Special - page 127
What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? - page 130
Scarborough Fair - page 132
St James Infirmary Blues - page 134
They're Red Hot - page 139
House of the Rising Sun - page 141