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A simplified self learning tutor for the Ukulele and Ukulele-Banjo with diagrams, tuning instruction, song folio, chord diagrams, and sheet music also PDF version for printing. By Lew Stern c1927

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THE rapid rise and continued progress in the popularity of the Ukulele is readily understood and explained. The instrument is small and light, therefore easily portable. It can be entirely manipulated by the hands without the use of aids or accessories such as bows, mutes, rosin, etc. Its four strings are tuned in such a way that chords are easily and naturally formed, and, its sweet, resonant tone makes it an eminently suitable instrument for accompanying, especially the human voice. To all this may be added the fact that any one with the least application can acquire without the aid of a teacher, a considerable degree of proficiency on it. The present method makes no pretence of explaining the advanced technicalities of the instrument,(as a matter of fact, few players seem agreed as to method) but it does claim to set out in simple language all that is necessary to enable the student to learn for himself the chords that are required in accompaniments. From this stepping stone it should be easy with a little perseverance to proceed to the more advanced solo playing.


The songs include sheet music with lyrics and ukulele chord diagrams. Many of these songs are in the public domain or traditional categories, however this cannot be guaranteed, and should you wish to use them as a basis of a performance or for any non-personal study purpose you are advised to contact the copyright holders (where available, copyright info has been included with the song). They are being shared on this site for educational purposes only, please see our copyright page for more info.


To save bandwidth, the PDF version of this book has been provided in a password protected zip file, the password is: Traditional-Music,Co.UK.

This is case sensitive and must include the exact punctuation as shown, if you copy and paste make sure you do not accidentally add spaces to the ends. You can download it from the link on final page of this book. Many thanks to Ian Chadwick ( for providing the book scan from which this web book was produced.

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