Tag Archives: Book Review

I’m a big fan of arrangement books and find them the best way to learn new songs with high quality arrangements. Here are some of the books I own and use regularly.

What started the first Ukulele craze in 1915

Ukuele Magazine has posted an article that excerpts a bit of John King and Jim Tranquada’s book, The Ukulele: A History. I’m about halfway through that book and am loving it – a must read for any ukulele lover. The level of detail and story telling is astonishing and results in a highly readable, but academic-grade… Read More »

Book Review: The Beatles for Fingerstyle Ukulele

Until now all my fingerstyle ukulele books have been classical and traditional tunes. These are easy to publish since the music is in the public domain and there are no license permission issues to contend with. What luck to find an entire book of ukulele fingerstyle arrangements of Beatles songs! The Beatles need no introduction. Their music is the foundation of… Read More »

Book review: Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele

Mel Bay Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele, by Mark Nelson, was my first book of fingerstyle ukulele tabs, and the songs in it represent many long-time repertoire pieces that I’ve memorized and play regularly. Overview This is a good first book of fingerstyle arrangements, especially if you want to learn some Hawaiian songs. It comes with some basic introductory material,… Read More »