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(Play Today Instructional Series) . This complete guide to the basics contains everything you need to get started on the uke: in-depth instruction, terrific songs, two professional-quality CDs with full-demo tracks, and a helpful DVD! Perfect for students who want to teach themselves, or for teachers giving private or group lessons. Simply follow the tips and lessons in the book as you listen to the teacher on the CDs and DVD. Covers: songs, chords and melodies; picking, fingerpicking and strumming; playing tips and techniques; standard notation and tablature; and much more. Over 150 songs and examples! Have fun as you open the door to the fun world of ukulele! DVD running time: 1 hr. 15 min.

About the Author

Barrett Tagliarino

Barrett's books don't always appear in Amazon categories, so please check his Author page to find the latest titles:

Interval Studies and Lead Guitar Technique
Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, and Diminished Scales
Guitar Reading Workbook

Barrett Tagliarino has been a full-time instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood since 1989. His books are popular choices for course syllabi at other universities, vocational, and high schools. Barrett's books are designed to get you playing the music you want with a clear understanding and no time wasted.

The same engaging and lucid teaching style in his books makes Barrett's classes at MI often fill to capacity with a waiting list. His current schedule includes Blues Level II, Reading Level III, Technique I, and Performance I. Barrett was Rock department head at Hohner MusikSchule in Vienna in 1995. His traveling work as a performer and clinician has taken him around the world.

Barrett has two CDs showcasing his rock guitar style with blues and jazz influences: "Throttle Twister" and "Moe's Art," both available here on amazon.com, and has made numerous guest recording contributions as an LA session guitarist.

Guitar magazines such as Guitar Edge, Guitar Player, and Guitar World have featured Barrett's full-length article contributions on technique, styles, and phrasing. He also works as an editor for the Hal Leonard Corporation, adding his knowledge and insight to over 100 books like "Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory," and "Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask."

You can find his latest works, video clips, free lessons, and blog posts at his website, www.monsterguitars.com, which he started in 1996.

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