Uke Ballads: A Treasury of Twenty-Five Love Songs Old and New (Especially Arranged for the Romantic Ukulele). Edited by Ian Whitcomb. For Ukulele (Soprano). Squareback saddle-stitched, Solos. Early Music/Jazz & Dixie. Beginning-Intermediate. Book/CD Set. 96 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99539BCD).
ISBN 9780786613601. Early Music/Jazz & Dixie. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
In this wonderful collection Ian Whitcomb shows how to handle the uke in such a romantic way that the gently murmuring strums emerge to act as a sweet stream of accompaniment upon which one's vocals can float along smoothly and pleasingly. All of the classic ballads included in this book were originally published before the ukulele established itself as an instrument to be taken seriously by the pop industry, before it became the 1920's equivalent of the rock guitar. The music on the companion compact disc is performed by Ian Whitcomb and his various bands and orchestras. The music is written in standard notation with chord symbols and fretboard diagrams for soprano or tenor uke in standard (G-C-E-A) tuning. Lyrics are also included.