Let's Kanikapila!: Ten Steps to Learn 'ukulele, the Hawaiian Way

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Mutual Publishing LLC, 2006 - Music - 86 pages
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Ukulele expert and enthusiast Michael Preston presents an interesting and comprehensive guide to learn how to play one of Hawaii's most popular instruments. This book includes: strumming and picking techniques, information about different types of ukulele, tips on purchasing an instrument, the history of the ukulele in Hawaii, ten lessons with step-by-step photographic instructions.

Let's Kanikapila! Ten Steps to Learn Ukulele the Hawaiian Way is an easy-to-follow plan for beginners to launch their first efforts.

Lessons are designed to progressively learn all the chords by playing fun and familiar songs such as Sakura, Twinkle Twinkle, Kookaburra, Skip to My Lou, and Red River Valley. Hawaiian songs such as Hawaii Ponoi and Pua Lililehua as well as a Hawaiian translation of Silent Night are also included among other local selections.

Complete with an audio CD of sample songs and tutorials, here is everything ukulele players want and need to know about playing their favorite instrument Hawaiian-style.

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About the author (2006)

Michael Preston was born in Uganda and educated in Kenya, New Zealand, and Englad. He has been a Waldorf class teacher for the past twenty-three years in England and the United States and also served as a volunteer teacher in Vanuatu. Before moving to Hawaii in 1990, he played violin and guitar and some ukulele. Once in Hawaii, Preston enthusiastically took to the ukulele and music from Hawaii and the South Pacific. Over time, he created a ukulele program for his school in addition to giving private lessons to adults and children. He developed a learning approach that appealed to students, which led to many enjoyable and well-received ukulele ensemble performances. Preston is married with three grown children and three grandchildren.

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