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Mark Kailana Nelson Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos For Ukulele Y CD
Keola Beamer Teaches Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar: Fingerstyle Beauty and Elegance, Level 3 with CD (Audio)

Format: Book/CD Set, 96pp.
ISBN: 0786673427
UPC: 796279098809
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Pub. Date: 4/18/2006

While the ‘ukulele is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance on the mainland, in the land of its birth, it has never gone out of style. Hawaiians took to the "jumping flea" right from the start, creating music of stunning beauty and versatility. Now intermediate players can learn to play lovely finger style solo arrangements of classic Hawaiian songs, folk songs, standards–even a few pieces from the classical guitar repertoire.

The book offers 27 arrangements from around the world written in standard notation and tablature playable on any ‘ukulele. Songs are grouped according to level of difficulty, starting with simple arrangements well within the grasp of dedicated beginners and intermediate players and leading through more challenging songs featuring unusual chord voicings, inversions up the neck, tricky fingerings and "all the fun stuff" the author could muster. To aid the student, the companion CD includes all of the songs taught. Includes chord charts, inversion studies, introductory material on finger-picking and making the transition from strumming to melodic playing.

Rating: Dedicated Beginner to Advanced
Songs (Tunings):

Section One – Getting Started
How to Read Music & Tablature
How to Play Fingerstyle Ukulele
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - EZ arrangement
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - fingerpicking exercise
All Through the Night (basic arrangement)
Las Maņanitas
Pua Sadinia*
Isa Lei (basic arrangement)
E Kuu Morning Dew (basic arrangement)
Aloha Oe*
How to Pronounce Hawaiian
Wehiwehi Oe*
All Through the Night (extended arrangement)
Dona Nobis Pacem
The Southwind*
Hilo March*
New Spanish Fandango*
E Kuu Morning Dew (Slack Key Style)
Over the Rainbow
Ahi Wela*
The Ragged Little Flea*
Kaulana Na Pua*
Planxty Irwin*
Danny Boy
Blue Ukulele Blues
Mbube (Wimoweh)*
Isa Lei (extended arrangement)

* Songs playable on Baritone and Low G instruments

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