When I first became interested in the Ukulele and bought an instrument, I was concerned that I would have a hard time learning to play it on my own. I knew my small town would not have any teachers, and I was pretty sure that books and instructional materials were hard to come by for what I thought was an obscure instrument. I’ve since learned just how wrong I was about the availability of self-instructional materials on the market. There are DVDs, Books, websites with free tablature and YouTube tutorials just to name a few. Today I want to tell you about yet another category of media that can help an aspiring uke player to learn their craft… eBooks. eBooks (otherwise known as electronic books), are the digital counterpart to regular printed books. One such book is the How To Play Christmas Ukulele compiled by Al Woodshed of Uke Hunt and How To Play Ukulele websites.
How To Play Christmas Ukulele provides you with a separate tablature .PDF file and .MP3 file (you can preview the .MP3s on How To Play Ukulele site) for 12 holiday themed songs. The included songs are:
Twelve Days of Christmas
Auld Lang Syne
Carol of the Bells
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A Wassailing
In the Bleak Midwinter
The Holly and the Ivy
Besides the Tab .PDF file, there is also a performance notes page for each song, that includes a little bit of history about the song, as well as tips for playing.
The selection of songs is great. There are popular favorites, along with some that I’d never heard of before. All are arranged for beginner to intermediate. I’m definitely in the beginner camp, but have been able to play a few bars of each. I’ve not mastered any of the songs yet though… I need to get busy as Christmas is fast approaching!
Priced at $7.00, this eBook is a bargain. The only thing that I think would make it even better would be videos for each song. Actually watching someone play a song is invaluable in my opinion and would make Al’s eBooks even more unique.