Posts Tagged ‘ukulele’

Music publishing house founded in 1986 by Sylvain Lemay, Les Productions d’OZ has quickly established itself as a leader in classical guitar music publishing, both for solo instrument and in ensemble music settings.

Les Productions d’Oz has published nine ukulele books by composer Samantha Muir. I’ll share a few things about two of them.

12 Progressive Studies for Ukulele

 

The Twelve Progressive Studies book has 24 pages and is suggested as an easy to intermediate level. I would recommend some previous ukulele background for this and for any of her books. The books contain original pieces for the ukulele in both tab and notation. 

The Classical Ukulele Method book is the largest of her ukulele books with 60 pages. It is suitable for self learning and would be good for use as part of an educational curriculum. I would suggest pairing it with something like the Hal Leonard method book. As an FYI, in this book Ms Muir uses a different approach to fingering notation (PIMA) then I am use to. She alternates fingers on strings and she doesn’t use A, just PIM. I don’t care for this technique and I like to stick playing with the P for string 4, I for 3, M for 2 and A for 1. I have been use to the ukulele playing style of James Hill and Daniel Ward. 

All nine books have similar covers which I think are artistically pleasing.

The Classical Ukulele Method

Les Productions d’Oz provided Samantha Muir’s ukulele books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Uke Leash

Teach your uke to stay

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Uke Leash is a simple product that helps ukulele players support the neck position of the ukulele while playing, without having to use hooks, glues, tapes or install strap buttons. It is actually a half-strap, with your strumming arm lightly supporting the sound box. Four different positions to choose from. Quick release buckles make releasing/ switching ukuleles quick and easy. 

The Uke Leash Half Strap-

I play a concert ukulele and while learning a specific score, I found it difficult to support the neck when changing chords higher up the fretboard. I wanted to try a strap that wouldn’t damage my ukulele or make any alterations to it. The Uke Leash half strap is exactly what I was looking for. It helps steady the neck end of the ukulele so that I can reach different fingerings. I prefer the arm hole position and like that I can undo the headstock strap from the leash. I received the brown color leash to review. There are 10 colors available and a leather option.

{The leash is made of polypropylene so it might not resonate with some eco minded musicians.}

 

Demonstration of the Uke Leash Half Strap

Designed, manufactured, and distributed by Lori Apthorp, Los Angeles, California. 

Lori Apthorp provided a Uke Leash to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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16 carefully crafted studies, each with its own unique picking pattern that loops over pleasing chord melodies.

I recommend this book for the intermediate ukulele student/player.  

 

Like to play ukulele? Like to color? Then this is the book for you!

 

Books are available at Danielward.net

Daniel Ward provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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