Blues Ukulele 2nd Edition


I’ve just released an updated version of How to Play Blues Ukulele ebook with a snazzy new look, more examples, YouTube videos of every example, and more backing tracks.

If you’ve bought the ebook in the past you should have had an email from me with a link to download this version (it may have ended up in your spam folder). If you don’t have it shoot me a message with the email address you used when you purchased it and I’ll get you a copy.

Buy it here

Or find out more about it here.

What It’s For?

Way back in 2008 I was working on a tab of the James Bond theme and I’d reached that, “I hate this instrument, I can’t play it, I’m going to throw it into the canal” stage. I was pulling my hair out trying to get it together (as you can tell in subsequent videos).

A few days later I was listening to music and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Look at Little Sister came on. I grabbed my ukulele and started jamming along to it. I was immediately refreshed and energized by it.

There’s something about that combination of having just a few notes to choose from and complete freedom to do whatever you like with them that the blues gives you. It’s exciting, inspiring and makes you feel like a rockstar.

The goal of the ebook is to give you the tools to help you do that too. So you can jam with friends, along with records or by yourself.

Side-note: check out what happens in that SRV video after he breaks a string in the solo.

What’s In It?

To give you an idea, are the last two examples in the ebook which take some of the chord progressions, soloing techniques, licks and scales from it contains and combines them to make a short solo.

The A Blues

The C Blues

You can get a full run down of the ebook here. But here are the basics:

– Learn to improvise and jam in the blues style.

– Learn the most common blues chord progressions, variations and adaptations.

– Packed with ideas and techniques for blues soloing.

– Play riffs and licks in the style of blues musicians from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

– Blues chord patterns and strum patterns in a variety of styles.

– 123 examples all with mp3s and YouTube videos.

– 4 backing tracks to jam along with.

– Minor pentatonic scales and blues scales for every key.

– Contains chord charts and tab for re-entrant, C-tuned ukulele.

Buy It

Buy it here

Or learn more about it here

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  1. Brice November 14th, 2014 1:42 pm

    Ha, great Arrested Development reference.

  2. Rob November 14th, 2014 5:04 pm

    I bought this last night, and am really impressed. I’ve been looking for material to help my improvisation, accompanying and soloing skill. I think I’ve found a winner. Easy to follow, clear videos demonstrating concepts. It’s exactly what I have been looking for. After working through this source, I’m confident I’ll have a better understanding of the Uke fretboard and a solid basis for my ultimate goal: jazz. Great work!

  3. Alec November 15th, 2014 9:55 am

    What happens is his guitar suddenly sounds worse. …I don’t know about the book yet, but that’s a fantastic cover.

  4. Alec November 15th, 2014 9:56 am

    I mean the second strat sounds worse.

  5. Woodshed November 15th, 2014 10:28 am

    Brice: I couldn’t resists!

    Rob: Thanks very much! I’m so glad you like it! I’m still trying to figure out the whole jazz thing.

    Alec: Glad you like the cover.

  6. Chas McMullen November 16th, 2014 1:07 pm

    Just wondering if this book is practical for Baritone Ukes. Thanks. Chasman

  7. Woodshed November 16th, 2014 1:19 pm

    Chas: No, it’s not ideal for baritones. The examples will all work correctly and sound right. But they will be in the wrong keys.

  8. Stephen November 17th, 2014 4:35 am

    I have really enjoyed the 1st edition. It is very generous of you to provide for free the 2nd edition to us that have bought the 1st. Thank you!!!

  9. Woodshed November 17th, 2014 8:20 am

    Stephen: Thanks! You’re very welcome.

  10. H November 17th, 2014 12:14 pm

    on the ipad the placeholder links for examples are missing, if you click where the link should be a grey box appears, and then links you to the You Tube video.
    Other than that, great book.

  11. tjvonp November 18th, 2014 3:09 am

    This is a very fun book. It progresses in a very satisfying way; if you could do one exercise, then the next one is definitely within your grasp. Plus, there are tons of fun chord progressions. Anyone considering buying this: I recommend it!

  12. Woodshed November 18th, 2014 3:17 pm

    H: Sorry about that. I’ll see if there’s anything that can be done about it. Thanks for letting me know.

    tjvonp: Thanks so much! Really glad you enjoyed it.

  13. Woodshed November 19th, 2014 10:06 am

    H: I’ve emailed you with a fixed version.

    For anyone else who has had problems, if you’ve still got the download email just redownload and you’ll get the new one. If not, shoot me a message.

  14. Tom Nelson November 4th, 2017 1:16 pm

    Any thought about a baritone version ? If I get a guitar book I don’t have enough strings and of course with the ukulele material I’m in the wrong key. Something written specifically for the baritone
    would be nice.

  15. Woodshed November 5th, 2017 12:27 pm

    Tom: I’ve considered it. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility.

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