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Table of Contents
Here's a list of all the lessons in the six levels of The Ukulele Way. Repertoire lessons are shown in italics. Remember, the aim of The Ukulele Way is to teach the art of solo ukulele. To that end, every repertoire lesson features a solo arrangement in which you will learn to play melody, harmony and rhythm simultaneously.
A gentle but thorough introduction to the three "primary colours" of the ukulele: melody, harmony and rhythm. Nine lessons explore the essentials of solo ukulele, the art and science of playing melody, harmony and rhythm simultaneously.
Lesson 1: The Open Strings
Lesson 2: Melody, Harmony and Rhythm
Lesson 3: Mystery Melodies
Lesson 4: Shortnin’ Bread (First Variation)
Lesson 5: Shortnin’ Bread (Second Variation)
Lesson 6: Acadian Lullaby
Lesson 7: Understanding Voices
Lesson 8: All Night Long
Lesson 9: Roving Gambler
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James guides you through nine new lessons that focus on two complementary approaches to solo ukulele arranging: "interlaced" and "synchronous." It sounds tricky but James makes it accessible and fun!
Lesson 1: The C Major Scale
Lesson 2: Workhorse Chords
Lesson 3: Interlaced and Synchronous Arranging
Lesson 4: Buffalo Gals
Lesson 5: Carnival of Venice (Interlaced)
Lesson 6: The Partial Roll
Lesson 7: Carnival of Venice (Synchronous)
Lesson 8: All Night Long (Synchronous)
Lesson 9: Li’l Liza Jane
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Book 3 dives into the key of F (a particularly good key for solo ukulele arrangements!). You'll also explore in detail the difference between chording on the beat and off the beat while simultaneously picking a melody line. Even if you're a proficient strummer you'll discover new ideas by comparing arrangements with on-beat chords to arrangements with off-beat chords.
Lesson 1: The F Major Scale
Lesson 2: The Double Strum
Lesson 3: Take This Hammer
Lesson 4: Long, Long Ago
Lesson 5: Streets of Laredo
Lesson 6: Playing in Thirds
Lesson 7: Au clair de la lune
Lesson 8: Chording On and Off the Beat
Lesson 9: Donkey Riding (Variation 1)
Lesson 10: Donkey Riding (Variation 2)
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With 14 great lessons, Book 4 is full to the brim of insights, arrangements and exercises! From essential techniques like the harmonized scale to the razzle-dazzle of the triple strum and an introduction to fingerpicking, these lessons are aimed squarely at the enthusiastic intermediate-to-advanced player.
Lesson 1: The Harmonized C Scale
Lesson 2: Harmonizing a Melody
Lesson 3: Santa Lucia
Lesson 4: The Triple Strum
Lesson 5: El Tortillero
Lesson 6: Harmonizing in F
Lesson 7: Slumber Song
Lesson 8: Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser
Lesson 9: Fingerpicking
Lesson 10: Spring (First Movement Theme)
Lesson 11: The Dominant 7 Chord
Lesson 12: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Lesson 13: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (v. 1)
Lesson 14: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (v. 2)
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Ten in-depth lessons that focus on expanding your repertoire to include Blues, Jazz and Classical pieces as you continue to develop your solo ukulele skills. A well-rounded yet eclectic set of lessons for the intermediate-to-advanced student!
Lesson 1: The Chromatic Scale
Lesson 2: Capital Blues
Lesson 3: Ciribiribin
Lesson 4: Secondary Dominant 7 Chords
Lesson 5: German Dance
Lesson 6: Minuet from Don Giovanni
Lesson 7: Spring Song
Lesson 8: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Lesson 9: Creating an Arrangement
Lesson 10: Ja-Da
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Fingerpicking and campanella techniques take the spotlight in Book 6. Lyricism, perhaps the ukulelist's greatest challenge, is the key to perfecting seven new arrangements. Nine substantial and challenging lessons make Book 6 a feast for the advanced ukulele player!
Lesson 1: Exploring Minor Chords
Lesson 2: Wayfaring Stranger
Lesson 3: Elenke
Lesson 4: Flatpicking
Lesson 5: To See Swainson
Lesson 6: All the Pretty Little Horses
Lesson 7: St. Louis Blues
Lesson 8: Hone A Ka Wai
Lesson 9: Intermezzo Russe
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