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The "Modern Ukulele Method" makes available to the ukulele enthusiast
an up-to-date, thorough course of instruction in both the fundamentals of music
and the technique of ukulele playing.
May Singhi Breen, the author of this method, has long been recognized
as one of the outstanding exponents of the ukulele. She is a top-flight performer
on radio, records and television. Many will recall her radio programs (WJZ
and NBC) on which she and her husband, Peter De Rose, the well-known
composer, appeared for 16 consecutive years as the "Sweethearts Of The Air."
She has also been very active in teaching the ukulele through private and group
During her long association with radio, she became known around the
studios as "The Ukulele Lady" and has been referred to by this nick-name ever
since. In view of her great enthusiasm for the ukulele, the nick-name couldn't
have been more appropriate. She has devoted much time and effort toward
having the ukulele recognized as a legitimate musical instrument. It was
through her efforts that a ukulele arrangement appears on almost all printed
copies of popular music. She has also been instrumental in the acceptance of
the Universal (D) Tuning (used throughout this book) as the standard tuning
for ukulele by music publishers and ukulele manufacturers.
May Singhi Breen's wide experience as a performer and teacher of ukulele
particularly qualifies her to write a method of this type. Therefore we offer this
Modern Ukulele Method in the belief that its thorough study will add greatly
to the pleasure you derive from playing the ukulele.