Ukulele for Dummies

Back when I first started the blog I would bemoan the lack of beginner ukulele books. The situation has improved since then. But I still felt like there wasn’t a definitive book that covered all the important aspects of ukulele playing – particularly the way the ukulele is being played currently.

Last year the people who do the …for Dummies books made me put my balls where my blog is and actually write one myself. So for the last 9 months I’ve been working really hard to make this the best beginner’s ukulele book there is out there and now it’s available for pre-order it’s out now. You can find it cheapest (that I’ve seen) on Amazon:

Amazon US
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Amazon France
Amazon Germany

And in countries that don’t have Amazon:

The Niles in Australia
Fishpond in New Zealand

A quick guide to what you can expect from it.

UPDATE: Since being released, the book has had a great reaction. You can read a selection of reviews here.

How It’s Going to Make You Awesome

Back in the olden days, people learned to play a musical instrument in a pretty one-track fashion. They’d buy a book and work through it. Or they’d get a teacher and follow their syllabus. But no one learns like that any more. Everyone who learns the ukulele now plays stuff from websites and learns tunes for clubs. So the usual ukulele book that follows the old way doesn’t really work any more.

Ukulele for Dummies is more of a reference book. So – while you can certainly follow through the book in a straight line and learn to play – it works best as a book you can keep nearby and pick up when there’s a particular technique you hear about or you’re trying to play something and it doesn’t quite sound right.

For example:

A website: “Play this bit with hammer-ons.”
You: “What the flipperty-heck does that mean?”
Your Brain: “Look in Ukulele for Dummies. That will tell you.”
*A short read later.*
You: “Thanks, brain. I now know how to play hammer-ons and am thusly much more attractive to the opposite sex.”

If you’ve ever read a Dummies book before, you’ll be familiar with this idea. All the books follow that ‘modular’ pattern where you can read little sections in isolation. Same here. You can read each little bit in on its own and it’ll still make sense.

What You Get

It’s a hefty book: 360 pages all told. So it covers a lot of ground. There’s a list of contents below. Each new bit of technique will have a demonstration of it in a musical context (a lot of the time that’ll be a song or a tune). The book is written for soprano/concert/tenor. It’s not suitable for baritone ukulele.

The book comes with a 98 track CD containing all the musical examples I could cram on it.

If you’ve bought the digital version of the book you can find details of how to download the audio and video here.

Dummies Style

The book is written in the Dummies style rather than mine. The tone is still conversational and laid back. But they’re very keen to keep a consistent style between the books. So if you read something in the book that doesn’t sound like me, that’ll be because it probably wasn’t me.

The big difference is it’s safe for family use. You won’t find any of the swearing, body-part references, ironic uses of the phrase ‘off of’ and calls for an anarcho-capitalist revolution that plague this blog. And it’s also packed with gerunds if that’s your bag.


The book is put together in a way that lets you zip around and pick out the bits that interest you.

You can download an extract, the contents and the index on the Wiley site.

Part 1: Ukulele Basics

The non-playing section. Covering the fundamentals that are worth getting down before you start.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Ukulele
– Advantages of the ukulele.
– Different sizes.
– Getting to know the ukulele.
– What you can play on the ukulele.

Chapter 2: Tuning Up to Sound Great
– Basic musical terms.
– Tuning up.
– Deciding which tuning to use.
– Methods of tuning.

Chapter 3: Discovering How to Handle Your Ukulele
– Holding the ukulele.
– Preparing to strum.
– Fretting without worrying.

Part 2: Chords and Strumming

Chapter 4: Playing Your First Ukulele Chords and Songs
– Chord diagrams.
– Fretting your first chords.
– A simple strum.
Chords: Li’l Liza Jane, I’ll Fly Away, Wayfaring Stranger.

Chapter 5: Drumming Up More Strumming Patterns
– Strumming Patterns.
– Strumming in genres.
– Playing when you don’t know the pattern.
Chords: What Did the Deep Sea Say?, Shady Grove, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, House of the Rising Sun, 12 Bar Blues, Banana Boat Song (Day-O).

Chapter 6: Meeting the Chords and Their Families
– The C chord family.
– The three chord trick.
– Barre chords.
– Increasing your chord arsenal.
Chords: When the Saints Go Marching In, Man of Constant Sorrow, Irish Rover.

Part 3: Picking and Single Note Playing

Chapter 7: Getting to Grips with Tabs and Notation
– How to read tablature.
– Reading rhythms.
– Getting it all together.
Melody tabs: London Bridge Is Falling Down, I’ll Fly Away, Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Chapter 8: Fingerpicking Patterns
– Fingerpicking technique.
– Fingerpicking patterns.

Chapter 9: Combining Chords and Melodies When Playing Solo
– Thumb strumming.
– Strumming between the melody.
– Strumming through.
– Fingerpicking.

Melody and chord tabs: London Bridge is Falling Down, Amazing Grace, In the Pines (Where Did You Sleep Last Night?), When the Saints Go Marching In, I’ll Flay Away, Freight Train.

Amazing Grace

I’ll Fly Away

When the Saints Go Marching In

Chapter 10: Picking Up Some Soloing Techniques
– Soloing techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, vibrato.
– Picking notes for solos.
– Inventing your own solos.

Part 4: Genres and Styles

This section takes the stuff from parts 2 and 3, applies it to different genres and adds new techniques.

Chapter 11: Rock and Punk
– Rock and punk chord progressions.
– Rock riffing.
– Rock soloing.

Chapter 12: Blues
– 12 bar blues variations.
– The blues shuffle.
– Blues turnaround variations.
– The blues scale in solos.
Chords: Careless Love, St James Infirmary.
Melody: Memphis Blues.

Memphis Blues

Chapter 13: Hawaiian
– Hawaiian strumming: chnking, triplet strum.
– Hawaiian turnarounds.
– Playing Hawaiian tunes.
Chords: Aloha ‘Oe,
Melody tab: Papalina Lahilahi.
Melody and chords tab: Alekoki.


Chapter 14: Jazz
– Jazzy chord turnarounds.
– Jazzing up chords.
– Split stroke.
– Faking a jazz solo.
Chords: Darktown Strutters’ Ball.
Tab: 12th Street Rag.

Chapter 15: Reggae and Jawaiian
– Touch strum
– Thumb ‘n strum.
– Marley-style strumming.
– Skanking.
Chords: Linstead Market.

Chapter 16: Classical
– Strumming and picking classical tunes.
– Campanella playing.
Tab: Ode to Joy, Brahms’s Lullaby, Greensleeves, Romanza, Carulli’s Andante.

Part 5: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele

For people who don’t have a ukulele yet, this would be a good section to read first.

Chapter 17: Buying a Ukulele
– Knowing what to look for.
– Choosing where to buy.
– Buying more ukuleles.
– Going electric.

Chapter 18: Essentials and Accessories
– Finding the best strings.
– Optional accessories.
– Websites, apps and programs.

Chapter 19: Re-Stringing, Maintaining and Adjusting Your Ukulele
– When and how to restring.
– Keeping your ukulele in tiptop condition.
– Identifying and fixing problems.

Part 6: The Part of Tens

All Dummies books have a section at the end listing ten sets of things. But I can’t count.

Chapter 20: Ten Ukulele Players You Should Know
Quick profiles of:
– Ernest Ka’ai.
– May Singhi Breen.
– Roy Smeck.
– George Formby.
– The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
– Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
– Jake Shimabukuro.
– James Hill.
– Zach Condon.
– Julia Nunes.

– I also did an ‘If you like… check out…’ who are, respectively, John King, Nellie McKay, Bob Brozman, Garfunkel and Oates, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Paula Fuga, Kalei Gamaio, Paul Luongo, tUnE-yArDs and Sophie Madeleine.

Fight about those as much as you like in the comments.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene
– Joining a ukulele club.
– Visiting a ukulele festival.
– Making a video.
– Playing live.
– Going online.
– Spreading the uke news.
– Entering a contest.
– Teaching someone.
– Writing your own songs.
– Seeing a show.

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Improving
– Playing very slowly.
– Refusing to rush things.
– Recording yourself.
– Playing with and for others.
– Practicing in sections.
– Knowing when to stop practicing.
– Steal from everyone.
– Varying your inversions and verying your invarsions.
– Opening your ears.
– Enjoying yourself.
– Busting a rut.


Appendix A: Chord Charts

Appendix B: Reading Music

Appendix C: Using the CD

How You Can Order It

It’s due out in August and you can pre-order it in these places (and some others):

Amazon US
Barnes and Noble

Amazon UK

Fishpond (Australia)

Got A Question?

Ask away in the comments.

Question Updates

Some pertinent questions from the comments:

Will there be an ebook version?

Yes, there’s going to be an enhanced, downloadable version. You can read about it on iTunes.

Will it be available in (insert language here)?

There have been discussion about translated versions. If you want to sway the decision go on the Wiley website, pick your location, contact them expressing your interest.

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  1. Claudio June 8th, 2011 6:47 pm

    I was hoping you’d write this overview – Thanks.

    Oh BTW….Brittni Paiva called. Asking WTF her name was ;) I told her she was going on a special newcommers list with Aldrine.

  2. Alec June 8th, 2011 6:48 pm

    Thought it’d be a beginner’s book only. Great. Oredering it. Congrats.

  3. Claudio June 8th, 2011 6:49 pm

    I’ll Fly Away – 23 seconds
    “Have I left The Iron On?”

  4. Alec June 8th, 2011 6:51 pm

    Your room is much cleaner than the ukulele underground guy’s.

  5. Claudio June 8th, 2011 6:55 pm

    Eddie Kamae & Herb Ottah just called to say they were surprised that Daniel Ho didn’t make your list :D

    I’ll shut up now….I found it funny anyway.

  6. Donnie Bubbles June 8th, 2011 7:14 pm

    Looks great! Congrats!

  7. Carrie Griffin June 8th, 2011 7:14 pm

    Could you not even weasel in a little “about the author” thing that described you as “that guy off of Ukulele Hunt?” What a pity!

  8. Donnie Bubbles June 8th, 2011 7:21 pm

    The site has a couple of excerpts with full TOC and Index:

  9. Hank Lume June 8th, 2011 7:25 pm

    Will it be french translated ? please say yes :)

  10. The0R4NG3 June 8th, 2011 7:51 pm

    Molly-freaking-Lewis. May I just ask what happened to sweetafton23?

  11. punksocks June 8th, 2011 7:58 pm

    wow, how brilliant! i know what to ask for for my birthday.

  12. Ukulelezo June 8th, 2011 8:06 pm

    I can’t wait to read it. Congrats, Al!

  13. Marc June 8th, 2011 8:39 pm

    I love you!

  14. Jack June 8th, 2011 8:59 pm

    Looks awesome. Pretty comprehensive…
    Out of interest what are the advantages of preordering rather than just buying it when it comes out

  15. cardboardfrog June 8th, 2011 8:59 pm

    excellent work woodshed, i’ll certainly buy a copy.
    guess thee blurb writer didn’t bother checking their spellings of ‘ukelele’ against the cover, gotta guess these things are written by the site not the publisher.

  16. coyote June 8th, 2011 9:08 pm

    Wonderful! Is there going to be a Kindle, iBooks, or PDF version that I can purchase to use on my iPad?

  17. Jim T. June 8th, 2011 9:53 pm

    I’m very sorry that that you have beaten me to the punch with “Packed with gerunds!” as a marketing tool for high-class literature. “Packed with dependent clauses!” just doesn’t have the same impact on a book cover. Congratulations on getting out a book in one-ninth the amount of time it took John and me. (And ours isn’t out yet.) I certainly will be buying a copy in hopes of learning a fourth chord.

  18. J-Hob June 8th, 2011 10:47 pm

    Did you record all those videos in one day?

    Or were they recorded over multiple days and you have an enviable collection of identical black t-shirts?

    Or one very smelly black t-shirt?

  19. Brenda Gender June 8th, 2011 10:51 pm

    Congratulations on the book and I wish you all the best with it. Hopefully it will assist me to ‘bust a rut’ from incompetent to the heady plateau of below average.

  20. Ron Hale June 9th, 2011 12:19 am

    Nice cover, Al, but something about it gives me a
    distinct sense of deja vu. Could’ve sworn
    I’d seen that photo on some other uke book, but
    I could be wrong.

    Hey, where’s the ukulele kid? Tiny Tim? For that matter where’s the chapter on ukulele history?

    Jaaaaaaa is on my list of Ten Ukulele Players You Wish You Didn’t Know. How about an If You Don’t Like…Don’t Check Out… list? If you like Garfunkel and Oates check out Craig Robertson. Actually, if you like Garfunkel and Oates check out the Reformed Whores.

    What, was Eddie too late for the top ten list?
    I’ll bet I know a group that didn’t make the book.
    Heh heh heh…If you like Paul Luogo, check out …? Paul? Not to be argumentative (not my style), but how many ukers know son, Paul, versus how many know dad, Peter?

    Busting a rut, OK. But how about rutting a bust?

  21. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 12:36 am

    Claudio: I’m a long way from convinced on Brittni Paiva. I’ve never really got any emotion from her playing.

    Alec: I hope that makes up for my playing being much messier.

    Donnie: Thanks, I’ve added it to the post. You’d think they’d tell me about that sort of thing, but no.

    Carrie: Are you suggesting there are people in the world who don’t know who I am?

    Hank: That’s yet to be decided. The best thing to do is go to the Wiley site and express your wish for a French version.

    The0R4NG3: Yes, she probably deserved a mention.

    punksocks: Thanks!

    Ukulelezo: Thanks very much!

    Marc: I love you too (assuming you’re not a spambot).

    Jack: I’m hoping it’s going to be instant best seller and if you don’t pre-order you’ll lose out.

    cbf: Thanks very much! Yeah, I told them about that initially. They changed the blurb since then. But kept the ‘ukelele’ spelling. I know not why.

    coyote: You’ll definitely be able to get it on your iPad. There’ll be an enhanced edition on iTunes.

    Jim T.: Yep, the kids love their gerunds. They can’t get enough.

    J-Hob: I recorded them all this afternoon. But I do have a lot of black/navy shirts. And they do all smell.

    Brenda: Thanks! I hope you find it useful.

  22. Ian Emmerson June 9th, 2011 12:41 am

    Best of luck with it Al. x

  23. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 12:43 am

    Ron: I did write a chapter about ukulele history. They cut it. Eddie’s album was announced after the book was written. But he gets plenty of mentions anyway. God forbid you would be argumentative!

  24. Phredd June 9th, 2011 1:04 am

    Al, I’m proud of you and excited to see your book. Great job!

  25. sanford(andsong) June 9th, 2011 3:19 am

    I can’t think of more perfect a person than you Al to represent all the dummies out there!
    (wait, that didn’t come out right…)


  26. Craig Robertson June 9th, 2011 3:47 am

    Good luck with this, Al! (and I like the song better as Amazing Fucking Grace)

  27. Alec June 9th, 2011 7:02 am

    Any Campanella?

  28. durdlin June 9th, 2011 8:17 am

    I love that there’s a section about buying more ukuleles.

  29. pepamahina June 9th, 2011 8:27 am

    Those dummies are truly not. They definitely picked the right man for this project! Now if I could figure out how to get a transatlantic autograph….;)

  30. winkles June 9th, 2011 8:36 am

    Looking forward to getting my grubby mits on a copy.

    Now when my wife yells at me to ‘come off the computer and put that bloody ukulele down’ I need only ignore half of what she’s telling me.

  31. Ace-T June 9th, 2011 9:04 am

    Yes I am being a huuuge suck up, but I just wanted to let you know I have just pre-ordered from Amazon. I also know of about 20 people who probably would be interested in buying too (based in sunny Derby!) so I will let them know about it.

    Thanks for all the help and advice you give on your site and blogs, I have benefited from it greatly and I look forward to reading your book.


  32. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 9:47 am

    Ian: Cheers!

    Phredd: Thanks very much!

    sanford: I think that did come out right!

    Craig: Thanks! And I mean that – getting mentioned on Ukulelia when I started out was a huge deal.

    Alec: Yes, I do talk about the technique in the classical section. But it’s not a major part of the bok.

    durdlin: It’s a very important part of being a ukulele player.

    pepamahina: I think having my scrawl in it would lower the value considerably.

    winkles: I’m always happy to fuel marital disputes.

    Ace-T Thanks very much! I was about to correct your use of the phrase ‘sunny Derby’ but it’s a nice day today so I’ll let you off!

  33. J-Hob June 9th, 2011 9:57 am

    Pre-ordered the book! The first time that I have pre-ordered anything. I should imagine that you’ll get at least tuppence & ha’penny from that sale.

  34. Claudio June 9th, 2011 9:58 am


    That’s the section I don’t need. My wife isn’t talking to me today after she discovered my new Risa Solid yesterday.

    UAS is a disease.

  35. Phredd June 9th, 2011 10:45 am

    Claudio – details! How does one’s wife “discover” a new Risa Solid ukulele? I really am laughing out loud!

  36. Claudio June 9th, 2011 11:34 am


    It is a grim tale of woe that I’m sure many others here have gone through.

    It should be noted that meanwhile I’m waiting for Pete Howlett to build me a custom tenor.

    I’ve been thinking about buying something electric for a while to use for gigs and kicks. I finally decided to get the Risa Solid Tenor. “Bad time to tell wife”, I thought. “I’ll just order it and seek forgiveness later.”

    Risa arrives, I bring it home. It is small and hides nicely in my pile of other ukes. “I should tell my wife, but it’s a bad time” I thought.

    The following evening (last night) I bite the bullet and decide to go balls out on it. So I strapped it on, hooked a mini amp onto my belt clip and thrashed a couple of chords on it next to her in the kitchen.

    “Did you borrow that uke?” she asked me ready to breathe fire.
    “No I bought it”(slightly shitting myself – it has to be said).
    “I suppose that cost hundreds as well?”
    “How much?”
    “Well under £200”

    That was the last thing she said to me. I’m thinking of creative ways to make it up to her. Selling my Kala Tenor on ebay might appease this a little.

  37. J-Hob June 9th, 2011 11:46 am

    Claudio – that all sounds too familiar!

  38. Jill June 9th, 2011 3:06 pm

    This is fantastic, Al! You’ve been helping this dummy for, I’m fairly sure, the last 5 years of my uke playing. Can’t imagine there would have been anyone better for the job. I hope you have great success with it.

  39. Jeff / Humble Uker June 9th, 2011 4:06 pm

    Awesome Al — Everyone of us knows it will be the best. I am currently teaching my young cousin — gotta get her a copy!

    Thanks Humble Jeff

  40. Foinnse June 9th, 2011 5:10 pm

    Congrats on completing the books Mr. Woodshed! It feels a bit like a friend completing a Phd or something. :)
    I’ll certainly be ordering it soon I think.
    Cheers -F

  41. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 5:26 pm

    J-Hob: It’ll all go to paying off that extravagant advance.

    Claudio: Wife? You need to get your priorities right.

    Jill: Thanks very much!

    Jeff: Cheers!

    Foinnse: It certainly feels like the end of a huge assignment.

  42. Foinnse June 9th, 2011 5:42 pm

    In fact i just pre-ordered! 8 Squids? Bargain basket!

  43. Sunny Jim June 9th, 2011 6:29 pm

    Gah, I dunno, I think I preferred you as an independent with credibility, what will you be like now you’ve sold out and gone to a major label? Are you going to leave Derby and move to LA? Will the ‘difficult second book’ be about Harps? And are you going to use your corporate paycheque to fund a gerund promotion programme?

  44. Mike June 9th, 2011 8:51 pm

    congrats on the book – looks great and I’ll definitely pick up a copy !
    I have been boycotting the Dummies books since they’ve come out…primarily because I’ve never considered myself and dummie, and secondly because I’ve questioned the wisdom of any publisher who insults their prospective customer by means of a cheap marketing tool…for you, I’ll make the exception…

  45. andy June 9th, 2011 10:50 pm

    If it’s even half as good as the blog it will be well worth the cash. All the best. BTW I laughed a lot at Claudio’s comment about you leaving the iron on, although it looked more serious than that to me. Immersion heater left on?

  46. Marie June 9th, 2011 11:39 pm

    I just snorted back laughter reading all the comments. No really! and mostly because all my witty comments had been said already…

    Fantastic Al, congrats! I’ll be putting my order in for one, for some reason a school in town has asked me to teach a course next year on the uke… I suppose I should learn something before it starts!

  47. Mitchell June 10th, 2011 2:07 am

    Long time reader but first time commenter. I know, I’m a loser.

    Just wanted to say this book looks great! I might consider picking it up because I feel like I never got a really good foundation or anything. I just picked up a uke and started playing songs. I really want to get better at picking, etc.

    Thanks again for all the work you put into the site and the ukulele community in general.

  48. zym June 10th, 2011 9:32 am

    Congratulations Al:) Never mind all this ansy-fancy internet nonsence – you dun made a book :D You are immortal!

    Its out just in time for the run up to xmas too – *hint hint Mrs Zym*

    I hope you get some of the financial recognition you deserve !!

  49. kalmario June 10th, 2011 10:49 am

    hot to handle a ukulele?

    looks like a must get book well done & good luck.

  50. Woodshed June 10th, 2011 11:02 am

    Foinnse: Thanks! Hope you like it.

    Sunny Jim: Definitely plan to leave Derby. Doubt it will be for LA.

    Mike: The author guidelines insist you don’t use ‘dummy’ as an insult. It’s supposed to be a term of endearment.

    andy: That’s how I look all the time in real life. Thanks and good luck with the lessons.

    Mitchell: Thanks very much!

    zym: I’m expecting to make less from the books than I do the site. We’ll see.

    kalmario: Thanks. Fixed it.

  51. Cappers June 10th, 2011 3:12 pm

    Congrats on the new book Al. Judging by the contents page it’ll be great. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and am looking forward to getting it soon.


  52. Woodshed June 10th, 2011 11:05 pm

    Cappers: Thanks very much. Hope you enjoy it.

  53. Jimmy June 11th, 2011 1:06 am

    I like the graphic metaphor you use:)
    Can’t wait to buy this!

  54. PaulC June 11th, 2011 5:07 am

    It looks fantastic, Al. When it arrives at the bookstore I work at I’ll definitely make sure it gets one of those “Recommended By:” stickers on the cover and a prominent place on the shelf!

  55. Woodshed June 11th, 2011 7:08 am

    Jimmy: Thanks! I do love graphic metaphors.

    PaulC: That would be great! Thanks very much.

  56. keith June 12th, 2011 4:41 pm

    just ordered it!

  57. chris June 12th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Ordered it last night, can’t wait!

  58. Marty Nedaj June 12th, 2011 11:35 pm

    Al, I sympathize with Claudio. I was raptly looking over the details of your upcoming “dummies” book, when my wife interrupted me with a question: : What website are you looking at? I replied: “UkeHunt”. She grabbed my uke and hit me over the head with it. Can’t understand why. I sure could use an advanced copy of Chapter 17.

  59. Woodshed June 13th, 2011 11:58 am

    keith: Thanks!

    chris: Hope you like it.

    Marty: I can’t understand it either. Women, eh?

  60. Damnearperfect June 16th, 2011 6:42 pm

    So this is it – I’ve downloaded the e-stuff – I watched the online uke vids – Now I ordered the book. If this doesn’t change me into a ukulele god in 6 months then I’m changing my tag to dumbnearperfect. (Which might be nearer the truth)

  61. Woodshed June 17th, 2011 10:32 am

    Damnnearperfect: Six months is a pretty short time frame for god-status.

  62. The0R4NG3 June 21st, 2011 9:33 am

    So… Check iTunes store for once in a very long time… See “iTunes Festival”. What…? *Click* *Scroll…* “July 3rd: Ukulele for Dummies. Studio Session.” Can I just ask what is going on here?

  63. Claudio June 21st, 2011 9:41 am

    A spot of launch promo for novices.

  64. Farah June 21st, 2011 5:13 pm

    I think you are totally awesome.

    I was wondering when they’d make one for the ukulele, and if they had if it’d be at all useful and if I’d actually learn something. Knowing that you wrote puts me at ease. So thank you!

  65. smilesbetter June 26th, 2011 12:33 pm

    This looks awesome, looking forward to getting my hands on it!

  66. Ace-T June 30th, 2011 6:54 pm

    It is now in my grubby paws!

    Ooh, ooh, am I the first? Yay!

    I must confess though, the first thing I do with Dummies books is have a chuckle at the cartoons. I really like Christmas cracker jokes so I am their target audience! :D

    Thanks again for your hard work on this Mr Shed.

  67. Woodshed June 30th, 2011 8:46 pm

    The0R4NG3: I don’t have much to do with that. It’s a mass ukulele lesson hosted by Amy Lame.

    Farah: Awww! Thanks very much!

    smilesbetter: Hope you enjoy it.

    Ace-T: Great! I think you might be second after my mum! Hope you enjoy it.

  68. paulmoody July 1st, 2011 11:20 am

    My copy of Ukulele for Dummies arrived in the post this morning! It’s fantastic, so basic to understand! Thanks!

  69. Andy July 2nd, 2011 9:06 am

    Just wanted to wish you the best with the Book. I hope it’s sales will allow you to do what you want (especialy wirth ukehunt).

    Although I cant afford the book I expect it to be equal in quality to this site.

  70. J-Hob July 2nd, 2011 8:24 pm

    My copy turned up today and now my table wobbles no more!

    Seriously, looking forward to giving it a good thumb through, sure it will prove to be an essential reference.

  71. keith July 4th, 2011 8:01 pm

    Mine arrived today, gona get stuck in!

  72. Dave W July 7th, 2011 1:45 pm

    I got “Ukulele for Dummies” yesterday. I have skimmed it and am now reading cover to cover. As a 65 year old new Uker can I say it is superb and will be my main tutor on my fun journey with my Uke.

  73. Woodshed July 8th, 2011 1:46 pm

    paulmoody: Thanks very much! Glad you like it.

    Andy: Thanks! I mostly do what I want anyway.

    J-Hob: Glad you can safely have your breakfast now!

    keith: Hope you enjoy it.

    Dave W: Good luck with it. Hope you find it useful.

    paul, J-Hob, keith and Dave: When you’ve given the book a good going over, would you be able to leave a review on Amazon? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

  74. Damian July 11th, 2011 10:53 pm

    Just ordered your book today from Amazon UK for a bargain £8 delivered ! As soon as i heard you where involved in this i had to have it .
    I got a bit carried away and also ordered Harmonica for dummies even though i don’t have one…
    Going to start trawling the net to choose one, anyone out there got any recommendations for a cheap but good one for a beginner ? Kind of like a Makala Dolphin of the Harmonica world !

  75. krabbers July 12th, 2011 11:28 am

    can we get signed copies anywhere?
    has someone already asked the question ?

    if so, its early sorry

  76. banterCZ July 12th, 2011 7:34 pm

    It is very tempting :-) The only thing is that the delivery rates to the Czech Republic is almost the same as the price of the book.

  77. Woodshed July 14th, 2011 7:07 am

    Damian: Thanks very much! Hope you enjoy it. I thought pairing those two books was a bit strange – never played a harmonica myself.

    Krabbers: Sorry, no there isn’t.

    BanterCZ: It is available in Germany – hope that works out cheaper.

  78. banterCZ July 14th, 2011 7:23 am

    Thanks for info, but €17.5 is more than £8.5
    Anyway I have already purchased in in UK. It is nice way how to pay for your blog :)

    I bought the harmonica book too. I know some basics so I am keen on be better.

    The main motivation is that my new born child loves music :)

  79. thegrd July 15th, 2011 6:28 pm

    I need it but I’m French…

    It will be translate ? :)

  80. Woodshed July 16th, 2011 2:05 am

    thegrd: There have been discussions about that. The best thing to do is get in touch with the publisher and register your wish for a French version.

  81. Peter Evans July 17th, 2011 12:50 pm

    Had the book about a week from Amazon, What a fantastic book! I’ve spent far more on beginners books that don’t even come close to the content and quality ! ( have i said enough for a free signed copy yet?) :-) but honestly, beginner or not, don’t delay buy today !

  82. chris July 17th, 2011 2:13 pm

    I enjoy turning all the videos on at once. also, and this is probably in the comment section somwhere but does anyone know when the book comes out?

  83. thegrd July 18th, 2011 9:41 am

    Woodshed: It’s done! :)

    Thanks you

  84. Woodshed July 18th, 2011 3:04 pm

    Peter: Thanks very much! Glad you like it.

    chris: In the US, it should be out at the end of August.

    thegrd: Thanks for doing a review. Very much appreciated.

  85. Pomme July 23rd, 2011 9:11 am

    For once I know what I’ll ask for my birthday (assuming I can wait!), no present face this year!!

  86. Woodshed July 23rd, 2011 12:53 pm

    Pomme: Hope you have a happy birthday!

  87. keith August 3rd, 2011 7:27 pm

    To anyone who isn’t sure: Buy it!.
    I am a guitar player, who thought i would give the ukulele a try, not sure if i would take to it or not.
    I bought a cheap uke , put on some aquila strings, and gave it a shot. While i enjoyed learning something new, i needed something to “show me the way” if you like.
    While searching the net for info i found this site, and of course the link to the book.Well i have to say not only is it very informative and structured, it’s very enjoyable.
    Great work.

  88. Woodshed August 4th, 2011 7:51 am

    keith: Thanks very much! Very glad you enjoyed it.

  89. fyg August 6th, 2011 12:17 pm

    A proper brillaint book.
    And very funny.

  90. Woodshed August 7th, 2011 7:03 am

    fyg: Thanks very much!

  91. Stefany Owens August 27th, 2011 2:16 pm

    This looks so awesome! I’m buying it tomorrow :D

  92. Woodshed August 27th, 2011 3:28 pm

    Stefany: Thanks. Hope you like it.

  93. Christian MICHON August 31st, 2011 12:15 am

    Just received it through Amazon France. Great book, great stuff. Glad I could manage to get it that fast.

    Thank you for your hard work, looking forward to improving my beginner’s skills.

  94. Woodshed August 31st, 2011 7:14 am

    Christian: Thanks very much! I hope you get a lot out of it.

  95. Pomme September 4th, 2011 8:36 am

    Got it for my birthday at last!! I have to admit after having managed to read through the wrapping paper, I opened my pressie a day early.Very excited, been browsing through it all evening, love it!!

  96. Woodshed September 4th, 2011 11:33 am

    Pomme: Happy birthday! Hope you enjoy the book.

  97. Issy G October 14th, 2011 10:59 am

    Really looking forward to working my way through this. It seems to be the most comprehensive guide out there.

    I have a tip for the uke-versus-wife players. Buy her a uke for Christmas! My hubby is a very appreciative audience for my strumming & warbling so I bought him a very nice Ashbury tenor for his last birthday, which was the perfect size for his big hands. He loves it. When it came time to upgrade from my humble Kala mahogany soprano to a Kala curly mango concert (at more than four times the price) he helped me source it and couldn’t wait to get his hands on it!

    We’ll both be using your book. Harmony is the key… :)

  98. Clyde Ortego October 15th, 2011 4:43 pm

    Is this book only for GCEA or can It be used for the DGBE uku’s as well?



  99. John October 19th, 2011 1:49 am

    Great book! Thanks for writing it.
    Unforunately, I bought the Kindle version. Is there a way to buy the CD or to get MP3s?

  100. Woodshed October 19th, 2011 10:25 am

    Clyde: It’s gCEA only.

    John: Thanks! The best thing to do is get in touch with, the publisher, Wiley.

  101. Bryan Lewis November 1st, 2011 1:19 am

    The reviews on Amazon suggest that the Kindle version includes sound and video. Is that true? (It doesn’t appear to be the case when I read the Kindle version on my iPad. So I’m tempted to buy a Kindle!)

  102. Woodshed November 1st, 2011 11:18 am

    Bryan: No, it doesn’t come with the audio and video. The only version I know of that does is the Enhanced one on iTunes.

  103. Bryan Lewis November 1st, 2011 6:37 pm

    Thanks. Unfortunately the enhanced one seems to be offered only in the UK iTunes store; it won’t let me buy it. Oh well, I’ll just have to buy the paper version.

  104. Campbell December 17th, 2011 12:19 pm

    Have spent the morning learning blues turnarounds from the ‘Blues’ chapter of the book. Sheer joy, thanks Mr Wood.

  105. Daniel December 17th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Received my copy of your book today and I’m thrilled! Just skimmed it, but it seems to contain everything one would need, to play the uke. I wish this kind of book would have available when I picked up the uke three years ago :)

  106. Woodshed December 17th, 2011 11:28 pm

    Campbell: Thanks very much! I’m very glad you’re finding it useful.

    Daniel: Thanks! I hope you get a lot of use out of it.

  107. Gin December 28th, 2011 10:37 pm


    I’ve just got ‘Dummies’ as an ebook and have clicked it’s link to Wileys for the downloadable content but the site isn’t recognising the isbn,title or you ! Really want those vids & mp3s :(

    Can you help? Please?

  108. Woodshed December 30th, 2011 2:42 pm

    Gin: Ugh, I’ve told them about this and they’ve said they’ll put it up. I don’t know how hard it could be to upload some files…

    The best thing to do is get in touch with their support:

  109. Gin December 31st, 2011 8:18 am

    TQ ! Will pm with progress ……….Happy New 2012 ;)

  110. Woodshed December 31st, 2011 3:28 pm

    Gin: If you don’t get any joy, send me an email. Happy 2012!

  111. woopsy January 10th, 2012 4:02 pm

    I purchased your book, because I like the dummies books in general.

    I like it fine, but I have one HUGE gripe.

    Why don’t you have the chord diagrams on the actual song sheet pages?

    In fact one song in the book had a chord on it that isn’t even shown until pages later.

    Otherwise it’s pretty good, I didn’t need the theory or learning how to read music (I have a music minor). But it’s nice for the price!

  112. Luke January 15th, 2012 10:37 am

    Do you know what then difference is between the different versions of the book on the iBooks store? On the UK store at the moment there are three versions listed:

    £10.99 – Ukulele for Dummies
    £7.99 – Ukulele for Dummies, Enhanced edition
    £12.99 – Ukulele for Dummies, Enhanced edition

    Looking at the info for each, the more expensive enhanced edition has a larger file size, and says it has 20 videos and 100 audio tracks (and also has a later publishing date). The cheaper enhanced edition claims it has 30 videos, and doesn’t mention audio tracks (seems to be the same as the Kindle enhanced edition).

    So, is that right, the one has fewer videos but a load of audio? Do you have more details of what is/isn’t there? Are there any other differences?

    Could you also give a basic overview of the difference between your Dummies book and your beginners’ ebook bundle? Pros/cons of each, etc?

    Love the site, by the way.

  113. Woodshed January 15th, 2012 10:09 pm

    Luke: I’m as in the dark as you, I’m afraid. The best thing to do is get in touch with Wiley. They might be able to tell you.

    Dummies is more teaching you how to play book. And Ukulele 101 is more background info – particularly online stuff. I’d say the strums book – although it’s more detailed – isn’t worth buying as well as Dummies. Ukulele Chords is very theory-based – which there’s very little of in Dummies.

  114. Luke January 18th, 2012 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the reply, I have contacted Wiley (on their very long winded form) and will post back with any response I get.

    Also, thanks for the info on the difference between the other books.

  115. Woodshed January 18th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Luke: Thanks. I hope you get some joy out of them.

  116. Janet January 24th, 2012 2:53 am

    So I am having trouble getting strumming right. I’m a beginner to fretted instruments and singing while playing.

    I was looking at the beginner multi-pack that you are offering on the site but I received your book as a present. I’ve only been playing for a very short period of time and I was wondering whether you cover the same sort of material in the dummies and whether you recommend getting the beginner pack.

  117. Luke January 27th, 2012 12:33 pm

    Well, I got an answer back, and here it is:

    Here is the information provided by the editor. Please contact us if you have any further questions about the title.

    – The £7.99 version is the plain vanilla e version of the print, no audio/video files, although the CD rom content from the print book can be acquired via a site listed in the front matter

    – The £10.99 version is the basic enhanced version with video and audio files

    – The £12.99 version is as above along with a special Ukulele workshop filmed at the iTunes festival in London last July

    The answer is a slightly wrong and/or the pricing on the iBook store is wrong. As currently the basic enhanced edition is £7.99 and the vanilla edition is £10.99 (and the £7.99 one is definitely the basic enhanced edition, as I purchased it, and it does include the videos and audio).

  118. Luke January 27th, 2012 12:37 pm

    (I would recommend to anyone to carefully check the stated file sizes before buying, in case the above error is corrected. The Enhanced editions have larger file sizes, relating to the extra content)

  119. Woodshed January 27th, 2012 6:07 pm

    Janet: The strumming ebook covers the same stuff as in the book. Ukulele 101 covers some of it (like reading tab) and Chords there isn’t an overlap at all.

    Luke: Thanks very much for the info. I’m still confused by all the different options.

  120. Adriana February 6th, 2012 9:44 pm

    is there any hope of getting the enhanced version in something that is not and iphone, ipad or ipod touch? i really wanted to watch the videos :(

  121. Woodshed February 7th, 2012 10:19 am

    Adriana: Not that I know of. Your best bet is to get in touch with the publisher.

  122. Tina February 16th, 2012 2:51 pm

    Just got this as a Kindle ebook. Great bang for buck- it’s definitely widened my horizons in terms of technique and genre. Playing rockulele now.

    And I have to say, it truly follows in the Dummies tradition of groan-worthy lame jokes! ;)

  123. Woodshed February 17th, 2012 5:12 pm

    Tina: Thanks very much! Glad you like it.

  124. banterCZ February 18th, 2012 6:53 pm

    I complained about the price of Amazon shipping. So here there is an e-shop providing free delivery

  125. Woodshed February 19th, 2012 9:00 am

    banterCZ: Cool. Thanks for the link.

  126. William April 13th, 2012 6:06 pm

    Just bought it off Amazon. Great so far!

  127. Woodshed April 16th, 2012 10:09 am

    William: Thanks very much! I hope you get a lot out of it.

  128. daniel April 17th, 2012 2:13 pm

    Hello there,
    I’ve recently bought a copy of ukulele for dummies and I’m enjoying it immensely. I especially like to be able to strum along with the soundtracks, as playing only the strumming(without any accompaniment) is sometimes a bit dull (also the tracks help a lot if you wanna give it a try at singing, which is fun)

    I’ve just started out the first songs in the book and I also like the earliest songs choice, simple but quite entertaining. However, I would very much like to be able to play both the strumming part and the chords-picking part, but I’m not at all good at understanding which chord to fret and where in order to play that particular note(finding them is all error and trial/guesswork for me). Is there any place I could get the tabs for those songs?(shady grove, wayfaring stranger, house of rising sun etc.) Or I better learn how to mentally translate notes into tabs myself? (or should I find the notes of every song one by one and write them down into tabs?).
    thanks for your help!

  129. Woodshed April 18th, 2012 11:06 am

    Daniel: I haven’t got tabs for them up (other than those that crop up later in the book). But I’ll see if I can sort something out.

  130. daniel April 18th, 2012 5:55 pm

    Thanks a lot! Give me a shout if you come up with something. Meanwhile I’m really enjoying strumming and singing along, I really like this book thanks! I feel like before getting it my practising was direction-less and eventually became stale. This book both provides guidance and variation, at least for me.

  131. Woodshed April 20th, 2012 7:24 am

    daniel: I’m trying to get something together for today’s post so keep a look out for it.

  132. daniel April 20th, 2012 1:34 pm

    wow, I wasn’t expecting anything this fast, thanks!

  133. Hector May 5th, 2012 4:40 pm

    I bought the book for my kindle e-reader, but there are no instructions on how to download the videos… Do you know by chance where to find them? I went to Wiley’s help page did a search on ukulele and nothing comes up…

  134. Woodshed May 16th, 2012 11:15 am

    Hector: As I understand it, the videos are only available with the enhanced ebook at the moment. But you can download the audio if you search for ukulele here:

  135. Michon May 25th, 2012 5:39 pm

    Hi there! I just got your book (and my first uke) last week! The book is AMAZING. Thanks so so much! I have a question though, I downloaded the e-book version from itunes, and I was wondering how to get access to the videos, audio tracks, etc?

    Thanks for a fantastic book – and love the website!!

  136. Jan May 26th, 2012 3:28 pm

    does this book give charts for us lefties? I have bugger all ability and having to reverse the chords for left handed playing is doing my head in. I mean a left handed visual chart for each piece of music?

  137. Woodshed May 27th, 2012 9:33 am

    Michon: Thanks very much! I’m not sure on the ebook side of things. It’s best to contact the publisher. But you can download the audio from the book here (search for ukulele).

    Jan: Sorry, no.

  138. Brian June 13th, 2012 10:44 am

    Just bought the kindle version last night.My first ever Ukulele arrived this morning(not even opened the box yet).I have no musical experience and have never played an instrument….so i’m hoping for miracles here ;-)

  139. Woodshed June 13th, 2012 2:38 pm

    Brian: Thanks very much! I hope you enjoy the book and your new uke.

  140. blueskies June 25th, 2012 6:35 pm


    looks like a great book, this coming from a true bookworm. However, being an extreme ‘newbie’, (just getting my very first uke)and a baritone at that, is this the book for me with said uke?

    I’d appreciate an answer to let me know ’cause I will jump in and get one if it will be helpful to me. thanks very much, D

  141. Woodshed June 26th, 2012 2:56 pm

    blueskies: It’s not written for baritone, I’m afraid. It’s definitely worth getting a baritone specific book for that.

  142. RockinTheUkeBox June 27th, 2012 9:57 pm

    Howdy, I just got my new Uke (sweet Lanikai LU-22T Tenor package thru Amazon–thanks to your recommendations) a couple days ago, and my copy of your “Ukulele for Steve err, Dummies” book just arrived from Amazon too, an hour ago…so, here we go!

    But, quick question…page three of the Intro mentions the 20 QR codes in the book (and the WILEY web link you’ve already mentioned in the comments above)…but the zip file (only one) on the website only containes the same mp3’s as on the book’s CD…

    Q: Is there a diff web site link for the 20 demo videos that the QR codes point to? And/or where can I get them? …I’m very much a visual learner

    Please and thank you in advance. And thanks also for sharing your Ukulele knowledge and your passion like you do here and in your book! You’re very much appreciated appreciated. Cheers, Steve

  143. RockinTheUkeBox June 27th, 2012 10:16 pm

    Ok, just found the link (via your review of the book here) on the Dummies site:,navId-322505,descCd-DOWNLOAD.html

    The videos are all there under the Downloads tab. Sweet!

  144. Woodshed July 2nd, 2012 4:33 pm

    RockinTheUkeBox: Thanks very much for that. I had no idea the videos had been put up there. They never tell me anything!

  145. Lilwahinekai July 11th, 2012 8:06 am

    So happy to find this book! Just bought my first uke and wondering why many of the songs don’t sound like the song when strummed?? Guitar songs sound like the songs u r playing, but the ukulele songs often sound way off – u can’t recognize the song while playing it on the uke. Both my hubby and I r struggling with this. Any insight will be most appreciated!

  146. Woodshed July 11th, 2012 10:48 pm

    Lilwahinekai: Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean by, “the songs don’t sound like the song.”

  147. Luke July 12th, 2012 9:23 am

    I wonder if they’re making the mistake some seem to of expecting to be strumming the melody of the song. Though not sure, as they also talk about guitar.

  148. Woodshed July 12th, 2012 10:48 pm

    Luke: Yep, I had a similar thought process.

  149. Sunny July 28th, 2012 2:00 pm

    Just bought my first ukulele yesterday and loving it! Your website hS made learning the uke super fun and easy :) I am definitely buying this book, but I Am considering buying the iPad version. I know that it includes the audio and stuff but is it as easy to useas a real hardcover/paperback?

  150. Woodshed July 29th, 2012 7:06 pm

    Sunny: I don’t have an ipad so I haven’t tried it out but I’ve heard good things from most of the reviews. But make sure you get the enhanced iPad version. I’d warn against getting the other digital versions.

  151. Pukulele January 19th, 2013 5:15 am

    Just browsed over to the iTunes store and see that there is a Ukulele for Dummies version 3.0.10, but it doesn’t say if it is the enhanced iPad version or not. Also it only has 1 review!
    Is this your book, I don’t want anyone else’s.

  152. Woodshed January 20th, 2013 8:54 am

    Pukulele: I would assume it’s mine. I’m not involved with the digital stuff so I don’t really know. If you want to know for sure as the publisher, Wiley.

  153. CM January 29th, 2013 6:39 pm

    i purchased kindle enhanced version from amazon, but no audio and video download after purchase. i asked amazon, it’s problem of publisher…suggested me to contact you that how can i download the cd/dvd content…what can i do now?

  154. Woodshed January 29th, 2013 9:28 pm

    CM: You can download the files here:

    Search for ukulele in the title.

  155. Will February 26th, 2013 11:23 pm

    Hi Alistair

    I bought ‘Dummies’ when it first came out and was really impressed by its informative content, relaxed style and value for money. I’d been a keen player for years but learnt all sorts of new techniques and ‘tricks of the trade’.

    Then, last September, I went and had a stroke. It badly affected the coordination in my left arm and fingers and I nearly decided to give up playing.

    However, by going back to your book and working my way through from cover to cover, I have regained a great deal of my previous flexibility and strength in my fingers. Even my physiotherapist has commented on how well my recovery has been going.

    I’ll never be quite as competent as I used to be, but my self-confidence has returned and I now feel able to join in with other players again.

    Many thanks.


  156. Woodshed February 28th, 2013 7:20 am

    Will: That’s fantastic! Great to hear you’re on the mend. Thanks so much for letting me know.

  157. Tim May 20th, 2013 4:23 pm

    I just found Ukulele Hunt a few days ago, and I’ve rated everything I have. I’m a very casual player over the last six years, and your site has inspired me to become a more frequent player (I hope).

    I like the site, and I like your writing style, so I bought the book at my local Barnes and Noble yesterday. If I’m not playing like Jake Shimabokuro inside a week, I expect a refund……Kidding!

  158. Tim May 20th, 2013 5:08 pm

    Okay, I should say something about the book, right?

    First, I’m glad that my one copy maybe paid 10 minutes of your electric bill. You should make millions on this fine book. From perusing the index, and skimming a few apt pages, I believe you have covered everything one should know about the ukulele. The serious stuff would only cover half as many pages, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.

    Just knowing that you like Lanikai ukes told me that the book would be a winner…:)

    I have seen the main competitor, written for idiots, and I believe you have done a better job in writing for dummies. Much better than a couple of other modern “methods” I own, and a compilation of antique ones, as well.

    You sir, are the PhD of ukes. This dummy thanks you for choosing to share your knowledge with us.

  159. Woodshed May 21st, 2013 3:01 pm

    Tim: Thanks so much! You’re very kind.

  160. Daniel July 8th, 2013 6:47 pm

    Hello there! I bought the e-book for my kindle, I bought the “enhanced book” because it comes with the vids and songs, but my Kindle doesnt play anything, for it’s a simple kindle, not the “fire” one (my stupidity), therefore I would like to know where can I download the downloadeable part. It seems to be a very nice book!

  161. Woodshed July 9th, 2013 11:22 am

    Daniel: You can download the audio here:

    Just search for ‘ukulele’ in the title. Thanks very much for buying the book!

  162. nicholas martin September 7th, 2013 11:59 pm

    for the ebook how I download the extra content

  163. Woodshed September 8th, 2013 6:59 am

    nicholas: You can download the audio here:

    Just search for ‘ukulele’ in the title. Thanks very much for buying the book!

  164. Kenneth September 10th, 2013 5:08 pm

    Pardon me asking, but I want to confirm my understanding of frets and half-steps on the musical scale. P 98 says move the Eb7 chord down a fret and make Db7. Wouldn’t a one-fret move result in D7 and a TWO-fret move would result in Db7?

  165. Woodshed September 11th, 2013 9:12 am

    Kenneth: You’re right. Thanks for flagging up the mistake.

  166. itay September 22nd, 2013 9:21 am

    hi there, i live in israel.
    whats my options for purchasing the book and all the other stuff?

  167. Bob Appleby January 20th, 2014 1:17 am

    Hi Alistair,
    I have wanted to learn how to play an instrument for years and just never got around to it. A friend of mine, Ukeman7, suggested the ukulele. I purchased a tenor Ukulele and since I was familiar with the “Dummies” series for various computer programs, I knew I could not go wrong by buying Ukulele for Dummies. I purchased the e-Book version through Kobo and I am thoroughly enjoying the time I’m spending on the Ukulele as I work my way through your book.
    Kobo advertises that CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version. Apparently the files should have been made available to me when I downloaded the e-Book, however this did not occur. Kobo customer service advised me that to obtain the CD files I now must contact the author. Is it possible for you to send me the files? Being able to actually hear how the songs should sound would be extremely beneficial. Thanks!

  168. Woodshed January 20th, 2014 10:28 am

    Bob: You can download the audio here:

    Just search for ‘ukulele’ in the title then click the ISBN number.

    Thanks very much for buying the book!

  169. Samhy January 31st, 2014 10:47 am

    I had the same question as Bob (bought the e-book version, but couldn’t find where the audio files were).
    Now I have my answer. Thanks!

  170. Woodshed January 31st, 2014 11:09 am

    Samhy: Glad you got it!

  171. Eduardo March 4th, 2014 9:06 pm

    Hey! I really like your site!!! I’m from Brazil, and I was wondering if there is any way for me to buy your book!! I can´t buy on Amazon, because I think they don’t accept PayPal, and it’s the only way I can pay online. Can you help me??? Tanks!!!!

  172. Woodshed March 5th, 2014 10:15 am

    Eduardo: Sorry, I’ve no idea. You could try contacting the publisher they might be able to help.

  173. Rhonda March 24th, 2014 3:25 pm

    I tried to order your Dummies book on Amazon (US)for my Kindle and this is what it says:

    Item Under Review
    This book is currently unavailable because there is an issue with its description, content, or formatting. We are working with the publisher to fix the issue. As always, we value customer feedback.

    Do you have any idea when the issue will be fixed? They didn’t seem to know.


  174. Woodshed March 25th, 2014 8:56 pm

    Rhonda: Sorry, I’ve no idea what’s going on with that. The best thing to do is contact the publisher:

  175. Sue December 28th, 2014 6:23 pm


    Great book!! Sadly I have misplaced the audio CD is it possible to just re-order the disc or is it a case of purchasing the book again.


  176. Woodshed December 28th, 2014 10:11 pm

    Sue: I don’t think it’s possible to buy the CD alone.

    You can download the contents of the CD and the videos. Links here:

    If it has to be the CD you could try contacting the publisher:

  177. Kevin December 29th, 2014 11:54 pm

    I just recently bought the book and I’m working on fingerpicking. I thought it was a specific thumb or finger for each string. (TIMA) On page 139 the middle and index finger are used to play the same note. The text doesn’t mention using different fingers for the same string. Is this a typo?

  178. Woodshed January 2nd, 2015 10:20 am

    Kevin: Argh! Yeah, that’s a typo. The last note in each bar should be M rather than I. Thanks for letting me know.

  179. Vinetta Blow August 6th, 2015 3:57 pm

    my laptop does not have a cd rom how can I get the demos?

  180. Woodshed August 6th, 2015 9:37 pm

    Vinetta: There are links to all the downloads here.

  181. Adam September 11th, 2015 6:23 pm

    Tried to download the audio from wileys. The only downloads available are for the 96 page basics book. I have the kindle version for android….

    Kind of sucks to not have the audio that is supposed to come with the book. Hope you can help.

  182. Adam September 11th, 2015 6:27 pm

    Oops Just actually followed your instructions, found the files. It would appear that your book is correctly titled for people like me.


  183. Woodshed September 12th, 2015 12:43 pm

    Adam: Glad you found them! Wiley do have plans to make them easier to download. So I hope it won’t be such a trial in future.

  184. Alex December 31st, 2015 8:38 pm

    What’s changed between the first edition and the second edition? Is the Kindle version of the second edition also “enhanced?” Or is the “enhanced edition” a separate entity altogether? If the kindle second edition version is also “enhanced” does it still only work on iPads?

  185. Woodshed January 4th, 2016 7:36 pm

    Alex: There are a couple of new chapters, a few things updated and typos fixed. I haven’t been involved on the enhanced edition side. But if it isn’t enhanced there’ll be links to downloads of audio and video.

    Wiley’s help might be more useful if you contact them.

  186. Craig Robertson November 29th, 2017 6:49 pm

    Hi, Al;
    I used to think that this was a terrible title for such a great and informative book. Now I’m not so sure.


  187. Woodshed November 30th, 2017 9:47 pm

    Craig: I can never tell for sure whether you’re complimenting me or insulting me!

  188. craig robertson November 30th, 2017 9:54 pm

    I think I’m just jealous that you’re such a good teacher and I’m…not.

  189. craig robertson November 30th, 2017 9:57 pm

    and it’s a technique I invented called “complisulting”.

  190. Robert Church January 2nd, 2018 4:27 pm


    Hello Alistair.
    As we have just entered the new year,2018,and as money is always rather tight for me,(being on a small pension),please could you advise me before I purchase your book,’Ukulele For Dummies’,if you intend to publish an updated edition this year. I note that the current 2nd. edition was published in 2015.
    Thank you

  191. Woodshed January 4th, 2018 10:56 am

    Robert: It’s not my decision but it’s very unlikely. There’s nothing in the works.

  192. Matt Ashbrook January 12th, 2018 11:10 pm

    What’s the difference between the Dummies book by you and the one by Brett M. and you?

  193. Woodshed January 13th, 2018 7:15 pm

    Matt: The one I wrote is a beginner guide for new ukulele players. Brett’s is exercises for ukulele – aimed to make you a better player whatever level you’re at rather than teaching you how to play.

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