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Famous Solos and Duets for the Ukulele

By John King

Ukulele (Soprano) - Beginning-Intermediate
Arranged by John King. Saddle-stitched, Solos. Hawaiian. Book/CD Set. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20250BCD).

Item Number: MB.20250BCD

ISBN 9780786669158. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Famous Solos and Duets for the Ukulele presents ukulele music as you have never seen or heard it before. An anthology of pieces selected from the earliest known methods and collections published for the ukulele between 1909 and 1920, Famous Solos and Duets is newly engraved in both standard notation and tablature and contains extensive fingering and performance instructions.

Edited, arranged, and performed by ukulele virtuoso and historian John King, this collection makes the original, classic repertoire of this charming little instrument available to the public for the first time in nearly a century. The Preface, informative and thoroughly researched, places the ukulele and its music in historical context, from its early days in Hawai'i, to its widespread popularity on the Mainland. Showcasing pieces which are both challenging and beautiful, Early Solos and Duets features the music of Queen Lili'uokalani, King Kalakaua, Ernest Ka'ai, Henry Kailimai, George Awai, George Kia Nahaolelua, N. B. Bailey and Vadah Olcott Bickford. Also included in Early Solos and Duets are invaluable instructions for the different styles of strumming as played by the "Father of the ukulele," Ernest Ka'ai. The CD contains all 22 pieces expertly performed by Mr. King.

  • Loke Lani  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai Arr. By John King
  • Haele  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai
  • Hone A Ka Wai  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai
  • Polka-Mazurka  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai Arr. By Henry Kailimai
  • Ka Wehi  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai
  • Funiculi-Funicola  Performed by Luigi Denza Arr. By N. B. Bailey
  • Hene  Performed by Henry Kailimai
  • Ahi Wela  Performed by Arr. By Keoki E. Awai
  • Spanish Fandango  Performed by Henry Worrall Arr. By N. B. Bailey
  • The Blue Bells Of Scotland  Performed by Arr. By T. H. Rollinson
  • Leilani  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai
  • Banjo Schottische  Performed by Ernest K. Ka'ai
  • Lauia  Performed by Henry Kailimai Arr. By Ernest Ka'ai
  • Wailana  Performed by Malie Kaleikoa Arr. By Keoki E. Awai
  • El Recuerdo  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai
  • Hawai'i Pono'i  Performed by David Kalakaua & Henri Berger Arr. By George Kia Nahaolelua
  • Ei Nei  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai Arr. By John King
  • Aloha O'e  Performed by Lydia Lili'uokalani Arr. By Ernest Ka'ai
  • Serenade Of The Ukuleles  Performed by V. O. & Z. M. Bickford
  • Timothy at the Husking Bee  Performed by Arr. By V. O. & Z. M. Bickford
  • Aloha Quickstep  Performed by Ernest Ka'ai
  • Petite Valse  Performed by V. O. & Z. M. Bickford
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  • 2007-08-29 00:00:00.0 One of the Best out there!

    This is one of the best ukulele books out there. Provides wonderful arrangements for familiar and un-familiar songs. You can jump right in as a beg/intermediate player. Includes CD to make it easier to learn the songs. Has the best uke/guitar duet arrangement I have found with...

    "Aloha Quickstep". Highly Recommended!

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