Chad Johnson and the folks at Hal Leonard have done a great job compiling a ukulele training program for players of all skill levels.
When I read that this training program is designed for Beginners to Advanced players, my first I thought was that’s a pretty tall order to fill, however, I think they have done it.
The book is intended to take a Ukulele player, over a 40 week period, through basic chords and strumming to quite complex playing techniques.
Within each week, the program is broken into 7 days – It is suggested that you practice these lessons 20 to 30 minutes a day to improve – Each day is dedicated to a specific element of playing: Chords, Strumming, Fingerstyle, Scales, Legato, Licks & Riffs and an “anything goes” lesson on Sunday.
As I worked my way through Week One, I realized my own training was lacking. My training focus from the beginning was on chord and strumming knowledge but that’s only 2 days of the seven! This book has provided me with a well laid out, easy to follow, incremental method of improving my playing in all seven areas.
I’m only a few weeks in and I’m already a better, more well rounded player (My opinion only)
One shortfall, albeit a minor one, is how the CD tracks are recorded. The 7 audio clips for any given week are in a single track: Week 1 – Track 1, Week 2 – Track 2, etc.
My issue with this formatting is that if I want to listen, repeatedly, to a specific day of a week I cannot without hearing the previous days of that week.
Individual tracks for individual days would solve this issue.
Overall, I’m impressed with the thought that has gone into this book and I would recommend it to any Ukulele player interested in taking their playing to the next level.
Check out this book at Hale Leonard