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21 Easy Folk Songs Book Now Available on Amazon!

In the category of items that might interest you, Jenny Peters and Rebecca Bogart have released a new book (their 6th in the “21 Songs” series) entitled “21 Easy Folk Songs for Ukulele.” In addition to the “21 Songs” series, Jenny and Rebecca also wrote the “Ukulele for All” Method.

21 Easy Folk Songs for Ukulele includes the following songs:

  • Lovely Evening
  • Lil Liza Jane
  • Happy Birthday
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • Wabash Cannonball
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • Worried Man Blues
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Goodnight, Irene
  • Down By the Riverside
  • Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  • Sakura
  • All Through the Night
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Molly Malone
  • Shenandoah
  • The Ash Grove
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  • Sweet Betsy from Pike

I have two of the 21 Songs series so far (and just bought 21 Folk Songs one, making a total of three), and the new book offers tablature in addition to traditional notation. This means that you can play the melody of the songs, or you can play the chords and sing the melody yourself. Or you could use the Acappella app and record yourself doing all three! There are a few songs in the book that also include a suggested accompaniment (fingerpicking) or chord melody. This gives players a lot of flexible ways to use the book.

The book is organized by the number of chords that you need to play it, and even has some songs in multiple keys, which can make for great practice, or even help a singer (e.g. I’m a tenor, so melodies that go below C don’t work well with my voice).

Here is a screen shot of a part of one of the songs in the book. This lets you see how the songs are presented in the book.

I like the idea of including tablature–this gives beginning players more to go for than just the chords of a song. I only have three suggestions for the book. First, the Amazon listing doesn’t show any of the pages with the music, and some people want to know what they are buying. That is why I included the screen shot above. Second. I’d love to see more chord melody arrangements in the book (chord melody is a great way to get into tablature beyond playing the melody). And third, I’d love to see a “music only” version of the book, perhaps in 8.5×11 format (as a PDF) so that once you had learned from the book, you could simply use the songs as a separate book without the other information.

Interested in the book? You should be…it has a lot of uses for beginning and intermediate ukulele players. Many convention or workshop sessions could be built around this book. You can support both the authors and this blog by purchasing the book and using these referral links:

Kindle Edition: ($6.99 as of 2/5/19): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NBQNH7F/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=techinmusiedu-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07NBQNH7F&linkId=7754398c12b7b00c8f6abd85b338c70b

Print Edition: ($13.99 as of 2/5/19):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1795608358/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=techinmusiedu-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1795608358&linkId=924272d1516a455fbb727cd197b694cc

By the way, if you buy the book before February 13, 2019, there are some bonuses, including a drawing for a Bondi Ukulele Starter Kit. See the “Bonuses” chapter at the end of the book for more information, or watch the promotional video below.

Want to know more about Jenny and Rebecca and their work? Check out their website, ukulele.io!

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