Here are the top 5 books I recommend to my students. Whether you want to learn to read music or just want to strum and sing along to some great songs, these books are well written and clear for all levels of players to use.
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1. The Daily Ukulele
The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living
This book is fantastic. It has a wide variety of songs from The Beatles and Elvis to Pasty Cline and Hank Williams. They have chosen “ukulele friendly keys” for all the songs so you won’t often have to play difficult and complicated chords. They have chord charts on every page so you don’t have to go looking for how to play a new chord. They also have lyrics and the melodies notated so you can play or sing along.
The Daily Ukulele – Leap Year Edition: 366 More Songs for Better Living
Another wonderful book! Songs by The Eagles, John Denver, Cindy Lauper, Sting, The BeeGees, Train, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrisson, Bob Dylan, ABBA, Neil Diamond, Bill Withers, Amy Winehouse and MANY MORE!
Every page incldues the melody and lyrics as well as all the chords you will need for the song
2. Uukulele Method Books – Hal Leonard
Ukulele Method Book 1 – Hal Leonard
This book is great for players wanted to learn to READ MUSIC. They walk you through every note step by step and introduce reading music with fun and easy songs. This book is written for a high g ukulele but those with a LOW G can still use it
Ukulele Method Book 2 – Hal Leonard
Continue where you left off in book 1. this book introduces more key signatures, more advanced musical symbols and teaches you to play more fun songs.
3. Easy Songs for Ukulele – Hal Leonard Method Books
Easy Songs for Ukulele – Hal Leonard Ukulele Method
This book is great because it has notated all the melodies of the songs in TAB notation AND in score format. The font is nice and big and the songs are fun and easy to follow allong with. Songs include Elivs, Johnny Cash, Hank Wiliams, Simon & Garfunkel, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and many more!
More Easy Songs for Ukulele – Hal Leonard Ukulele Method
Another wonderful book to pick out melodies from fun songs. TAB and score format are included and the book is really well laid out and clear. Songs from John Denver, B.B King, Glen Campbell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Light Foot, James Taylor, Rolling Stones, Peter Paul & Mary and Many More!