My Book Is #1 on Amazon New Releases

I didn't plan for it and it wasn't even one of my goals, but Beginning Music Reading Book is #1 on Amazon New Releases for ukulele books.

Honesty I was so happy to get the book released due to the amount of work and effort it took to bring it to fruition.

But to randomly search Amazon yesterday and see the red banner they put on my page showing #1 New Release thrilled me.

It actually made me feel really good and was the highlight of my day.

And the best part of it all is that it's all because of you.

Without your support in viewing and purchasing the book on Amazon they wouldn't have given me that distinction.

Thank  you.

Chances are it would have been yet another book lost in a sea to millions of books, many which are great, but don't get discovered because people aren't aware of them.

Because I uploaded my book with the Amazon owned company, CreateSpace, it probably helped get noticed on Amazon's algorithm. And since Amazon takes their share for having it...

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[Now on Amazon] Beginning Music Reading Book

This is so exciting because this is the very first book that I have published under Uke Like The Pros.

Although you can download the individual PDF's of each lesson in the Beginning Music Reading Course but this is an actual bound book.

Plus, I had a very good friend of mine and talented graphic artist redesign each and every lesson.

It took many months longer than we expected but the amount of work that we put in is well worth it.

To put it plainly, the book looks amazing.

What's cool is that the book is part of Amazon's Print On Demand.

That means as soon as you order your copy, they will print it immediately and ship it out to you.

You don't have to wait for me to get down to the post office and mail it. Plus if you have Amazon Prime you should get is within a few days.

I literally submitted the book yesterday and it already is up on Amazon.

So, who is going to get the first copy?

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How To Play Major, Minor, Diminished, Augmented Ukulele Chords Tutorial | 4K

In this 4K ukulele tutorial I'll explain how to play the Major Chord, Minor Chord, Augmented Chord, and the Diminished Chord.

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I'm going to use the C bar chord shape for basis for all these chords. I'll show you how to play the Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Chords as well as go over the notes for each chord.

There will also be ukulele chord diagrams on the screen to help you learn the chords.

All of the notes for each chord will come from the C Major Scale which is C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C. 

The roots for all 4 of the chords will be the C note which can be on the 4th string 5th fret of the 1st string 3rd fret.

The C Major Chord is made up of the C - E - G notes which are the 1 - 3 - 5 degrees from the C Major Scale. Major Chords have a happy and bright sound.

The C Minor Chord is made up of the C - Eb - G notes which are the 1st - b3 - 5 degrees of the C Major Scale. Minor...

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My First Paying Ukulele Gig

Ok, you may find this hard to believe but I actually had my first paying gig as a full time ukulele player last Saturday.

I know what you must be thinking, what the hell?

Your trusting me to teach you ukulele and you may have already done more paying ukulele gigs than I have.

I'm stocked myself, but when I really got to think about it, it's true.

Many of you know that I have spent my musical career as a educator, studio musician, and composer.

Even though I began playing ukulele back in the 90's, yikes, it has only been the last 2 1/2 years that I got completely dedicated to ukulele. 

Then life happened which included twins, a up-rooting from Los Angeles after 20 years to move back to San Diego, a focus on my family and the Uke Like The Pros website.

I didn't really have the mindset to do a lot of gigs, I had responsibilities as a father and husband to be home and not be out late working.

So I essentially didn't take or look for a lot of gigs. 

Now don't get me wrong,...

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The Most Important Strum Pattern Ukulele - The Grandaddy

Welcome back to Chord Mania!!! I will now teach you how to play the Grandaddy Strum Pattern which is one of the most important strum patterns in the Ukulele in this video. Identifying the strum pattern used in specific songs can be quite difficult for a ukulele player and musician. Many of my students tell me that they are not able to identify which strum patterns have been used in various songs. This is because of the variations in the strum patterns used for composing different songs. While the simplest of songs use the eight notes, complex ones may be composed using the sixteenth note strum patterns.
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But the Grandaddy strum pattern is one that makes it easy for you to play almost any song of your choice. I have concluded this from my experience of listening, transcribing and playing numerous songs on the ukulele. This strum pattern is a little tricky to get a grasp of because it uses up and down strokes with quarter notes, eighth...
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Havana - Camila Cabello Ukulele Cuban Style Rhythm

Wanna learn how to play one of the hottest songs of 2017-Havana by Camila Cabello feat, Young Thug? The Cuban style rhythm of this song is played on a piano. The entire song can be played on just 3 chords- Gmin – Eb – D7. This video is not exactly a tutorial, but I will explain how different chord shapes and fingerstyle patterns can create the rhythm. I will show you how the Gmin-Eb-D7 chords can be played using a Cuban style rhythm fingerstyle pattern.

If you watch the video closely, you will see how I alternate my thumb between the 3rd and 4th strings. And, for the alternating bass pattern, I have a low G on my 4th string.

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Blues Turnaround Ukulele Lesson (Advanced Uke Tutorial) | 4K

Hello guys, welcome to another exciting ukulele tutorial. In this video, I am going to talk about advanced blues turnaround in A. This is something which is generally played by the advanced ukulele players.

Like most of my videos, I have focused on the main topic without wasting time and making the video long. The turnaround uses the last 2 bars (11 and 12) of the 12 bar blues. We are going to use only 3 chords, namely:

- A chord (I)

- D7 chord (IV)

- E7 chord (V)

The 11 and 12 bars are A and E7 respectively.

In the video, I will first make you learn the turnaround and then I will give a demonstration of it by playing the 12 bar blues and showing how the turnaround is used into it.

I suggest you to first learn the turnaround properly and then try to fit it into the blues. Further, if you want to learn some more turnarounds after this video, you can check out B.B. King, Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, and Robert Johnson.

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Double Stops Ukulele Lesson - F Major Scale

Hi guys,

Ever wondered what is a double stop in ukulele? A double stop is when you play two notes at the same time. In this tutorial, I am going to discuss using the double stops with the F major scale. I have chosen the F major scale as it normally does not go to high and most ukuleles will play it perfectly.

So, the notes are going to be on only two strings i.e. the first and the second string. Talking about the position of the fingers, the index finger will be on the 2nd string. Also, the middle finger will be on the first string.

Another thing to note here is that I will only be using the pinches all the time in this tutorial. I have discussed every single finger position in detail clarifying both up and down motions.

Try to make sure that you are following my fingers just as I have shown in the video. This will allow you to play it perfectly and effortlessly.

And of course the last thing – Practice it multiple times!

Enjoy the video!

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Major Scales On Ukulele - How To Play The A Major Scale on Uke | 4K

In this video, I am going to talk about an important ukulele chord i.e. A Major. The very first thing that I want to mention is that I am using a low G for this lesson. So, if you do not have a Low G, first go grab one.

Another thing that I want to suggest is to thoroughly memorize this chord before you attempt any soloing.

I have discussed every detail about the A Major Scale by letting you guys practice both the ascending and descending motions.

I suggest that you should not rush on to improvising. Just learn and memorize the scale carefully and then move to licks and solos.

Enjoy the video!

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Easy Ukulele Chord Tutorial | G Major Chord Mania | 4K

Welcome to another addition to the Chord Mania!!! Series. In this 4K ukulele tutorial will teach you how to play one of the most important chords of the uke, the G chord.

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You will be surprised to know that most of your favorite songs feature the 3 finger G chord. The G chord is not too hard to play but it becomes a more difficult stretch as you slide it up and down the neck to play chords such as the A, Ab, B, and C. But, well get to that in a minute.

This is how you play the G chord.

 The G chord is a triad comprising the 3 notes G-B-D. Although you play all 4 strings for this shape, you are only playing 3 different notes because the G note is used twice.

The notes of G chord arise from the G major scale: G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G. You will find that the G-B-D notes are the 1st, 3rd, and 5th degree of the scale.

Once you gain mastery on the G chord, you will be able to slide it up and down if you understand the location...

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