"A Ukulele Handbook for Beginners" by Aaron and Nicole Keim is published through Lazarus Books and can be purchased from The Quiet American on-line store.
(Photo courtesy of TattooDo)
A quick detour while I'm on the artwork: I've been a long-time fan of Sailor Jerry's art. It's pretty basic outline work with careful colouring that obviously lends itself to tattoos. Jerry was a sailor himself and a lot of his more famous subject matter has a nautical theme to it. I love this style and whilst not as saucy as some of Jerry's pictures, the artwork in this Ukulele Handbook is certainly reminiscent of Jerry's nautical work.
The real strength of "A Ukulele Handbook for Beginner" comes in the fact that it is accompanied by a comprehensive set of videos. So once you've done reading the book, you can watch Aaron showing you how to do it for real.
The videos are well produced with a lot more narrative around the lessons to fill in the gaps. Aaron is a good speaker and a knowledgeable teacher. Everything is clear and relaxed. A big tick from me on this!
I will call out that the songs are all public domain, so expect a handful that you perhaps won't recognise at first glance. Don't let this put you off, you can move on to Motorhead afterwards. ;-)
Here's something you don't see often: a little bit of ukulele jamming etiquette.
"Not every group wants you to play along". Oh yes... the story of my life! Ha ha. I've never heard of "jam busting" before but I reckon I could be quite good at it!
I'm going to leave with Aaron and Nicole in action playing Mobile Line. That there's Jug Band music! Yee haw!
There you have it. Thanks to Aaron and Nicole for adding a chapter to the story of the ukulele with this wonderful book. Go get yourself a copy.... NOW!