World Play Your Ukulele Day

World Play Your Ukulele Day

February 2 is World Play Your Ukulele Day—and 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 in Level Up at the Main Library. 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 Lynda—or with these items in the Library's collection.

Submitted by Jane R.

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Jane R.


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.


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.