Ukulele Magic, Book 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 13, 2012 - Music - 32 pages
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Ukulele Magic is the perfect tutor for children and for teachers. Rock to ragtime, bluegrass to swing, tango, calypso and the blues - they're all here in instantly accessible songs to play straight away ~ whether solo, with friends, or with the whole class. Fully supported by video tutorials and audio performances and backings.

The teacher's edition, BOOK+CD-ROM, contains a whiteboard e-book with embedded audio and video tutorials for every song, making it ideal for classroom teaching. The 25 pieces carefully progress from playing open strings (eg Stringalong Rag) to songs with one chord (Shortnin bread, A minor miracle, F major march) to two chords (Baboushka, Tab tango, Calypso strum) and finally three chords (In South Africa, Playing the blues).

Finger-picking and strumming styles are all introduced step by step in pieces which are fun and stylistic. This is a thoroughly musical introduction to an immensely popular instrument, opening the way to independent music-making for all.

Website extras for teachers include lesson plans with teaching support and extra song suggestions to sing and play.

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This is a fabulous tutor book for children or anyone wanting to learn the ukulele. It covers different playing techniques and different styles of music. It's well paced for young learners as well as old, and builds on previously learned skills. I have recommended this book to other music teachers within my network as well as use it in my school. It's what I've been looking for in a ukulele music program, and I'm looking forward to Volume 2! Please publish a second volume! 

About the author (2012)

Ian Lawrence is a teacher, musician and composer with longstanding experience of teaching music in primary schools. His Wider Opportunities ukulele classes and clubs in South London primary schools are inspiring and inclusive, bringing together not just ukulele students but instrumentalists of all kinds, creating truly musical experiences which promote independent learning as well as invaluable ensemble opportunities.

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