Published by:
Happy Time Inc.
147 Pages

Song List:
  • After The Ball
  • Ain't Gonna Rain No
  • Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)
  • Amazing Grace
  • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • Bill Bailey
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Caissons Go Rolling Along
  • Camptown Races
  • Careless Love
  • Cindy
  • Clementine
  • Daisy
  • Dixie
  • Down By The Riverside
  • Down In The Valley
  • Frankie And Johnny
  • God Bless America
  • Happy Wanderer
  • Heart Of My Heart
  • He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
  • Home On The Range
  • Hush, Little Baby
  • Ida
  • I Never Will Marry
  • In The Good Old Summertime
  • It Is No Secret
  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
  • Listen To The Mocking Bird
  • Little Brown Jug
  • Lonesome Road
  • Man On The Flying Trapeze
  • Marines Hymn
  • Melody Of Love
  • My Wild Irish Rose
  • Oh, Susannah!
  • Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
  • Old Folks At Home
  • Old MacDonald
  • On Top Of Old Smoky
  • Polly Wolly Doodle
  • Red River Valley
  • She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • There Is A Tavern In The Town
  • Tom Dooley
  • Turkey In The Straw
  • When The Saints Go Marchin' In
  • When You And I Were Young, Maggie
  • Yellow Rose Of Texas
  • You Are My Sunshine

Happy Time Ukulele Method
and Song Book

Review by:

This book is very nice and has a lot of good information that other books are mising. The introduction covers ukulele types (including pictures), holding it, several methods of tuning, etc - all the standard basics but these are especially easy to follow. Then it discusses reading chord diagrams. There are no sections on "This is how you make a G7 chord." Most of the chapters from there on are just songs. Starting with "Songs With 2 Chords" it progresses one a a time to "Songs With 7 or More chords." Each song has the chord diagrams used at the top along with all music, lyrics and chord letters above the staff. The printing is nice and bold and very easy to read. Each line is numbered and if a chord carries over from one line to another it does list the chord again at the beginning of the next line.

Following the main song section there is another information section. This portion includes sections on playing the baritone ukulele, taking care of your ukulele, how to change strings, history and an extensive how to read notes and play melodies section. Rounding things off is a nice glossary.

Good book, but essentially at its heart it is more an extensive songbook of standards. I wish there was a bit more on strumming or suggested strums for songs. There is a good song selection and it gets down to business of playing pretty quickly. If you are wanting some variety in songs this would make an ideal practice book. The section on reading music and playing melodies are nice.

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I was a little disappointed by this book, but only because I thought from the description at Ukulele World that it covered more than it really did. It's essentially the same thing as the Mel Bay _Fun_with_the_Ukulele_, except that it does have a lot more songs and the chord pictures are given with each song (but not inline). It does also have a little section at the end that tells you how to change strings and the basics of reading music. I would probably recommend this over _Fun_with_the_Ukulele_ as a book for absolute beginners, but if you've already gone through a different one, there's probably not too much here for you. From the descriptions at ukeland.com, there are probably better beginner books out there.


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