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Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele

By Mark Kailana Nelson

Ukulele (Soprano) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Mark Kailana Nelson. Perfect binding, Methods. All Styles. Book/CD Set. 96 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.21050BCD).

Item Number: MB.21050BCD

ISBN 9780786673421. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

While the ukulele is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance on the mainland, in the land of it's birth, it has never gone out of style. Hawaiian's 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.

  • Ahi Wela  Performed by Lizzie Doirin & Mary Beckley
  • All Through the Night (basic arrangement)  
  • All Through the Night (extended arrangement)  
  • Aloha 'Oe   Performed by Queen Lili'uokalani
  • Blue 'Ukulele Blues   Performed by Mark L. Nelson
  • Danny Boy 
  • Dona Nobis Pacem 
  • E Ku'u Morning Dew   Performed by Eddie Kamae
  • E Ku'u Morning Dew (Slack Key Style)  
  • Galiarde  
  • Gaviotas   Performed by Mark L. Nelson
  • Greensleeves 
  • Hilo March  Performed by Joseph K. 'Ae'a
  • How to Pronounce Hawaiian  
  • Isa Lei 
  • Isa Lei (extended arrangement)  
  • Kaulana Na Pua   Performed by Ellen Prendergast
  • Las Mananitas 
  • Mbube (Wimoweh) 
  • Minuet 
  • Minuet In G  Performed by Attributed To J.S. Bach
  • New Spanish Fandango  
  • Over The Rainbow  Performed by E.Y. Harburg/Harold Arien
  • Planxty Irwin  Performed by Turlough O'Carolan
  • Pua Sadinia   Performed by David Nape
  • The Ragged Little Flea   Performed by Mark L. Nelson
  • The Southwind  
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 
  • Wehiwehi 'Oe   Performed by S. Kalama
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Perth, Western Australia
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  • 2011-05-28 00:00:00.0 Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos For Ukulele Book

    A DVD for beginners would be great. However, I really enjoy listening to Mark Nelson's fingerstyle solos. Great work !

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  • 2008-11-26 00:00:00.0 A model for other instructional books

    Ukulele players who want to go beyond strumming can learn a lot from this book if they commit to the work. This is one of the clearest instruction books I have ever bought. Also, Nelson's 26 charts include TAB as well as chords, a CD, and on top of...

    that, detailed Performance Notes. It's like having him in your practice room. The selection includes Hawaiian, folk, and classical pieces. You won't be fingerpicking in a week, but you sure will be motivated to learn.

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