James Hill Tutor Books 1-6, The Ukulele Way Series
James Hill's brilliant series of ukulele method tutor books, now available in the UK and Europe, priced £17 per book/cd. Shipping is free in the UK. For other EU countries, please add 'EU Shipping' to your order from the dropdown list (£3 per order only, not per book!)
The Ukulele Way is a series of six books that teach you how to play melody, harmony and rhythm simultaniously. Renowned performer and teacher James Hill de-mystifies this musical juggling act step-by-step with clear, well-organized lessons, helpful exercises and a wide selection of repertoire.
The Ukulele Way covers:
Scales and chords
Single, double and triple strums
Combining melody and harmony
Arranging for solo ukulele
Improvisation and more!
Of course, technique without repertoire is no fun so The Ukulele Way includes a wide range of popular, traditional, jazz and classical arrangements, each recorded by the author on the Companion CD (included).
Book 1 covers: The Open Strings; Melody, Harmony and Rhythm; Mystery Melodies; Understanding Voices. Two variations of Shortnin' Bread, Acadian Lullaby, All Night Long and Roving Gambler are included with this book.
Book 2 covers The C Major Scale; Workhorse Chords; Interlaced and Synchronous Arranging; The partial Roll. Buffalo Gals, Carnival of Venice (Interlaced) Carnival of Venice (Synchronous), All Night Long (Synchronous) and Li'l Liza Jane are the included arrangements.
Book 3 covers The F Major Scale; The Double Strum; Playing in Thirds; Chording on and Off the Beat. Take This Hammer, Long, Long Ago, Streets of Laredo, Au clair de la lune and Donkey Riding in 2 variations are the included arrangements.
Book 4 covers The Harmonized C Scale; Harmonizing a Melody; The Triple Strum; Harmonizing in F, Fingerpicking, The Dominant 7 Chord. Santa Lucia, El Tortillero, Slumber Song, Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser, Spring (First Movement Theme), When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes in 2 variations are the included arrangements.
Book 5 focuses on chromatic melody and harmony, including lessons on the chromatic scale and secondary dominant 7 chords. Repertoire includes: Capital Blues, Ciribiribin, two pieces by Mozart (German Dance and Minuet from Don Giovanni), Spring Song (Mendelssohn), a fun and challenging arrangement of I've Been Working on the Railroad plus a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic jazz standard Ja-Da!
Book 6 focuses on relative minor chords, Roman numerals (harmony) and ostinato, including lessons on flatpicking and tremolo, Campanella picking and blues improvisation. Repertoire includes: Wayfaring Stranger, Elenke, To See Swainson, All the Pretty Horses, St.Louis Blues, Hone A Ka Wai, and Intermezzo Russe.
Books 1 and 2 are for beginners, books 3 and 4 intermediate and 5 and 6 advanced.