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Books, Sheet Music & Media
The uke may be one of the best improv instruments around, but that's no reason not to learn a lot of great music by heart as well! With the variety of ukulele tablature available in this section, you'll be able to build a huge collection of songs from just about every genre, all arranged to be played on your ukulele. And you can sharpen your improv and general playing skills with the right titles, too. So whether you're a beginner in need of recital and practice material, or an expert player looking to expand your musical library, there's something here for you. If you already have an idea what you'd like to play, go ahead and start browsing!
On the other hand, if you're not sure where to get started sorting through the ukulele tablature, there may be a few suggestions to help you out. Are you a new player? In that case, the Alfred Ukulele Chord Dictionary might be for you, or maybe the Alfred Discovering the 'Ukulele Book. Or, if you're a southpaw, how about Mel Bay Left-Handed Ukulele Chords? Once you've got the basics down pat, you can move on to some basic songbooks like the Hal Leonard More Easy Songs For Ukulele Book/CD or Alfred The Big Easy Ukulele TAB Songbook.
Another way to narrow down your ukulele tablature options would be to look for specific types of music or selections from your favorite artists. That might mean putting a uke spin on a decidedly non-uke band, like in Hal Leonard Nirvana For Ukulele. Or, it could mean a book dedicated to one of the ukulele's greatest players, including titles such as the Alfred IZ - The Ukulele Songbook, Hal Leonard Jake Shimabukuro - Grand Ukulele, or Alfred Daniel Ho 'Ukulele Songbook Intermediate Book & CD. There are also compilations from movies, broadway musicals and more - whatever you want to play, it can probably be found here.
Don't be afraid to be adventurous! The ukulele may be a small instrument with a very specific character, but it has a big personality, and the versatility to apply that character to virtually any musical genre. Jake Shimabukuro proved that by playing Bohemian Rhapsody on the uke, and whether you want to follow his example or stick to a more traditional style is totally up to you. Either way, it starts with knowing the music, and ukulele tablature is here to help you learn it.