In June 2014 James Hill launched The Ukulele Way. It is a great concept!
- A (free!) community of ukulele players and teachers
- A website for learning uke
- A series of books.
We are chuffed to be a distributor in Australia for The Ukulele Way books. We are also participating pretty strongly in the free online community.
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The community is free to join (it looks pretty much like Facebook, without the data mining, privacy compromises and advertisements!). It’s a way for you to connect with other ukulele players and teachers – locally, nationally or internationally.
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At the heart of The Ukulele Way is a series of six books that teach you how to play melody, harmony and rhythm simultaneously. Renowned performer and teacher James Hill de-mystifies this musical juggling act step-by-step with clear, well-organised 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 James on the Companion CD (included).
In Australia we only sell the books in C6 tuning. Each book contains re-entrant (high G my dog has fleas) and linear tuning versions (low g). All books retail for AUD$22 (currently only by direct deposit to our Australian bank account). Postage and handling extra.
The Ukulele Way – Book 1 C6 tuning
Skill level: Beginner level 1
Topics covered in Level 1 include:
– The Open Strings
– Melody, Harmony and Rhythm
– Mystery Melodies
– Understanding Voices
Songs in Level 1 include:
Shortnin’ Bread (first variation); Shortnin’ Bread (second variation); Acadian Lullaby; All Night Long; Roving Gambler
The Ukulele Way – Book 2 C6 tuning
Skill level: Intermediate level 2
Topics covered in Level 2 include:
– The C Major Scale
– The partial roll
– Workhorse chords
Songs in Level 2 include: Buffalo Girls; Carnival of Venice (interlaced); Carnival of Venice (synchronous); All Night Long (synchronous); Li’l Liza Jane.
The Ukulele Way – Book 3 C6 tuning
Skill level: Intermediate level 3
Topics covered in Level 3 include:
– The F Major Scale
– The Double Strum
– Playing in Thirds
– Chording On and Off the Beat
Songs in Level 3 include:
Take This Hammer; Long, Long Ago; Streets of Laredo; Au Clair de la Lune; Donkey Riding (variation 1); Donkey Riding (variation 2)
The Ukulele Way – Book 4 C6 tuning
Book 4 came out in November 2014 – it 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.
The Ukulele Way – Book 5 C6 tuning
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!
The Ukulele Way – Book 6 C6 tuning
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.
We’ll be more than happy to help, from right here, in Australia.
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