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Just like Eddie Vedder and Jack Johnson, you too can discover the ukulele! This book will help you to learn to play your first songs in just one weekend, even if it’s the very first time you’ve ever picked up a musical instrument. Barbara and Liselotte give simple explanations based on ten original songs by singer-songwriter Shanin Blake, with techniques that are easy enough for beginners and engaging enough for advanced players.


• 160 pages

• full color

• hard cover

• slightly bigger than A4- so easy to read sheet music

• with 10 original songs

• super easy music notation

• especially extra perfect for people without a musical background

This book will teach you the basic skills you need to play the uke. You’ll learn by playing études, exercises that are actually songs. Not your regular ‘Old Macdonald’ shizzle, but really cool stuff. We’ve enlisted the help of the extremely funky singer-songwriter, Shanin Blake. She’s given us exclusive permission to use some of her original songs, and she’s even written a few numbers specially for you, to get you started. You’ll be learning techniques that aren’t at all complicated, but once you’ve mastered them, they sound really cool and are also interesting enough for the more advanced player. You’ll learn to keep your playing simple so you can add your own touch to it by singing along. You will use this book as a guide; a reference containing all you need to learn on paper, and we have videos of all of Shanin’s songs, so you can play along with her.

the video's

Every song in the book will teach you a new technique. From the simplest one finger chords, to finger favorites to building rhythm and funk. 

Baby Love

This is a wonderful first song to learn because you only need one finger for each chord. They just move a fret up. Honestly, you play this within half an hour. Even if you’ve never held an instrument before. You will find the chords and the lyrics in the book. Shanin plays the small, super fine Carvalho soprano traditional here.

Free as a bird.

This is a very nice second song to learn because the chords are very easy to transfer. A kind of finger favorites. You can find chords and text in the book. Shanin plays here on a super beautiful and very flexible Martin tenor.

Am I in love

This is a wonderful song to practice singing and playing. Keep your game simple, as soon as you get the hang of it you try to sing along. You can find chords and text in the book. Shanin plays a small, handy Carvalho soprano traditional here

The Tide

The ultimate song to practice the Island Strum with. The most common strum there is. It takes a while to make it your own, but then you can get away with any song. The way Shanin does it here is a bit of a delayed jazzy version. We all explain that in the book. Shanin also plays the Carvalho soprano traditional here.

Stop wait a minute

This is such a super Shanin song that teaches you some cool techniques. Simple barre chords and a very funky strum. With the strumbead in the book and the video you will get it right. Shanin plays here on her favorite, the Carvalho soprano traditional.

Vow to be

With this song you learn the plucking technique, you pull the strings and tap the sound box with your fingers. In the right order you get a nice reggae groove. Look in the book for the strumbead, the chords and the lyrics. Here too Shanin plays on a Carvalho soprano traditional.

White specs

With this number you can practise with finger picking. Strike the strings one by one. This song sounds a bit easier than it is. The book also contains the simplified way to play this song. Shanin plays here on the favorite of most people, a Carvalho concert traditional.

Give it up

This song has cool and funky strum pattern, similar to Stop wait a minute and here you het to learn to play on the higher frets. You will find the chords and lyrics in the book. Shanin plays here on a Carvalho soprano traditional.

She is the fire

What a nice song from Shanin. Here you learn to combine a number of techniques. This is the advanced stuff. You don’t have to be able to do this on your first weekend. In the book you will find the strumbead, opening vocal tone, chords and lyrics.

The game

The grand finale. The game is not the easiest song to learn to play (therefore also the last). A new technique that you learn here is to strike the bass string (the C string) separately from the other strings. In the book you will find the strumbead, chords, text and tabs. Shanin plays here on a very beautiful Carvalho concert classic.

House of the rising sun.

Here in a finger picking style version played by Liselotte, alternating with a strum. Small mistake but we left it in it, because it actually makes us very happy. And also to show that your music does not have to be perfect. The picking pattern is explained on page 131 of our book (which you can then use to play Leonardel Cohen’s Hallelujah or the Jeff Buckley performance). On pages 132 and 133 you have the chords and the sheet music. The strum that Lot plays is N NO NO. She plays on a nice beautiful Carvalho tenor classic

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