Learn to Play a Ukulele

Learn to Play a Ukulele

Thanks to a generous donation from the Bloomington Ukulele Club, you can learn to play this fun four-stringed instrument by borrowing one from the Library.

Ukulele kits are available for checkout at the Downtown Library or you can place one on hold and pickup at any of our holds locations. Included in the kits are a ukulele, a tuner, an information sheet, and a chord chart. You can also take your skills a step further with free online ukulele video lessons through LinkedIn Learning—or with these items in the our collection.

Submitted by Jane R.


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Jane R.

Movies

Joy of Uke

Jim Beloff
Adult Movies & Music – 787.89 Joy

Teaches the basics, showing strums and bringing the starting player quickly from the simplest songs to old-time pop standards.


Ukulele Toolbox: A Comprehensive Course for Mastering the Uke

Bob Brozman
Adult Movies & Music – 787.89 Uku

Lessons on picking patterns, harmonized scales, and other playing techniques for beginning and intermediate players.



Kate Power, Steve Einhorn
Movies & Music – 787.89 You

A guide to the basics of ukulele playing.


Nonfiction

101 Ukulele Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use

Fred Sokolow
Adult Nonfiction – 787.89 Sok

Covers technique, improvising and soloing, equipment, practicing, ear training, performance, and uke history and lore.


Get Plucky with the Ukulele: A Quick and Easy Guide to All Things Uke

Will Grove-White
Adult Nonfiction – 787.89 Gro

Authored by a member of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, this book is clearly written and full of photos and illustrations.


Mastering Ukulele: The Complete Ukulele Method: Beginning, Intermediate, Mastering

Greg Horne
Adult Nonfiction – 787.8919 Hor

Explores musical styles such as old school, ragtime, Hawaiian, fingerstyle, rock and rhythms from around the world.


Ukulele Aerobics

Chad Johnson
Adult Nonfiction – 787.8919 Joh

A workout program for developing, improving, and maintaining ukulele technique.


Ukulele Exercises for Dummies

Brett McQueen
Adult Nonfiction – 787.8919 Mcq

Hundreds of exercises and drills to improve strumming and fingerpicking.


Ukulele for Beginners: How to Play Ukulele in Easy-to-Follow Steps

Will Grove-White
Adult Nonfiction – 787.8919 Gro

An all-encompassing guide on how to play, ukulele history, beginner and advanced techniques, famous pluckers, how to write songs, and how best to play in a group.


Ukulele for Dummies

Alistair Wood
Adult Nonfiction – 787.89 Woo

An introduction to chords, strumming, fingerpicking, and different genres and styles, along with advice on selecting and caring for an instrument.


Ukulele Fretboard Atlas: Get a Better Grip on Neck Navigation

Joe Charupakorn
Adult Nonfiction – 787.89193 Cha

Diagrams designed to help in memorizing scales and chords that may have previously seemed difficult to grasp.


Ukulele Handbook

Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Adult Nonfiction – 787.8919 Pre

An illustrated guide to the instrument’s history, as well as a how-to guide and songbook.