This ‘Strummer’s Guide’ gives comprehensive instruction in strumming the ukulele in order to accompany songs and other music. No prior knowledge of music or the ukulele is assumed.... More > Starting with the absolute basics, the guide very quickly gets beginners playing something that sounds satisfyingly musical and familiar. Clear and detailed verbal descriptions of playing techniques are accompanied by diagrams, photographs, playing exercises, and great songs. Players are encouraged to learn techniques and acquire skills in a gradual, ‘painless’, step-by-step fashion. Many valuable and realistic, technical playing tips are presented. Useful explanations of how songs, chord progressions, and chords are constructed are outlined, to promote fast and effective learning of songs and ukulele accompaniment. A conversational, light-hearted and often humorous approach is adopted throughout. All profits from sales of this guide are being donated to Save the Children.< Less
In the late 1950s there was a skiffle craze in Great Britain. With its strong beat and fast tempos, skiffle music challenged the emerging rock ‘n’ roll. Estimates suggest that at the... More > height of the craze there were upwards of 30,000 skiffle groups in the country.
This book contains the full lyrics and guitar chords for 50 skiffle songs made famous by the likes of: the Vipers, Chas McDevitt, Lonnie Donegan, Ken Colyer, and the City Ramblers skiffle groups. Songs include:
• Rock Island Line
• Midnight Special
• Putting On The Style
• Maggie May
• Freight Train
• Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O
• Pick a Bale of Cotton
... and many other classics from the repertoires of professional and amateur skiffle groups of the era.
Each song is presented over a double-page spread with chords above the lyrics. There is also instruction in how to strum the guitar when playing skiffle songs, and a valuable explanation of the ‘three chord trick’.
All profits from this book are being donated to Save the Children.< Less