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QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele

( from satisfied customer ) CS, Man, I broke the code!!! I‘ve had you books for quite a while and never understood them. I live on the island of Lanai in Hawaii and a large number of guys can jam and they have tried the help, but could not read or understand the music. A new young guy moved here from Oahu and started teaching lessons. I started taking lessons from him and again, he did not understand what you books were all about. Being a teacher myself I knew there was a great deal of knowledge in your books and I could help him in setting up his lesson plans for his classes. I also told him that you basic books would be great for his students. After my 3rd lesson I broke out you Quickstart Book and it took us about 45 minutes to break the code. The power of reading!?!?!?!?! I will continue to tell lessons just because the local sound is so fresh but, this blue stuff w/ local music will be off the hook. Thank again. I will be buying more books and I will try to get h is contact information. ! His uncle was Bratha "IZ" - Kevin L. Humphrey

( 21-Oct-2005 from an on-line forum ) I might add to all the advice you have been given, learn you Fret Board. See it in your sleep. The better you know where your notes are on the frets, the easier the rest of it falls into place. Check out Curt Sheller's books. They are EXCELLENT for scales and Arpeggios. Good luck. Just keep it so you enjoy it. - JayHawk

A Guide to Ukulele Chords

Curt Sheller is a jazz guitarist with a love for the uke. He has turned his copious and capable knowledge of music theory, and chord theory in particular, and put out some very accessible and worthwhile books. His 'A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z' will give you the changes essential to blues and jazz. 'A Guide to Ukulele Chords' is authoritative, concise, direct, and informative.

It is a great primary source for knowledge of chords for someone approaching music theory armed with a uke. James Hill wrote the intro.

I’m finding all sorts of spiffy stuff in 'QUICKSTART Scale Fingerings for Ukulele'.

These and other excellent learning aides can be found on Sheller’s site:

He also sent me 'Midnight at the Jazz Café', a CD of his guitar work, which is on in the background all the while I’m writing this. Not ukulele, but pleasant listening. - Uke Jackson

Thanks for the download! For me, however, it's almost as difficult to memorize the rules of chord building as it is to just know where they are on the fretboard. My problem is, I'm not sufficiently knowledgeable where the notes are on the fretboard: I know I have that info from the literature you sent. I appreciate what you are doing.... - Roger

I wanted to pay you a compliment. (Now don't get a big head!). I have purchased many books over the past 15 years I have been playing and none of them come even close to having the detailed and easy to understand information yours have. I really got a chance to get some practicing in and am finding your books to be such a great learning tool. I also purchased a timer like you suggested and my practice sessions the past 4 days have been my best in years. - Take care, - Nick Matty ( link )

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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

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