Jazz Ukulele

Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
  • Format: Book with Online Audio
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-87639-156-0
  • SKU: 00121624
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2015

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Learn the essential theory, concepts, and techniques to perform jazz. You’ll learn to understand and play jazz harmonies, tension substitutions, and principles for improvisation and accompanying other musicians. It includes traditional notation and tablature, and also introduces additional types of notation common in jazz. The accompanying online audio lets you hear the concepts and then practice them along with a jazz combo. By the end of the book, you will be able to play jazz ukulele in ensemble and solo settings.

You will learn to:

  • Play jazz scales and harmonies, and understand the relationship between them
  • Use effective fingering and strumming techniques
  • Strum chordal accompaniments, and create comping patterns to accompany other musicians
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“Abe’s teaching method is very clean and to the point. This book will not only teach you ukulele, but will teach you to mature as a musician. A real musical approach from a real musician.”

—Aldrine Guerrero, Ukulele Virtuoso

“In this book, Abe unveils the secrets to his rhythmic expertise and harmonic vocabulary. Jazz ukulele demystified!”

—Daniel Ho, GRAMMY® Award-winning Artist

“This book is great for anyone who is interested in jazz ukulele. It covers important fundamentals to help you develop a solid foundation of jazz ukulele. Overall, this book is a must have for every ukulele player. If you can play jazz, you can play any style of music.”

—Kalei Gamiao, Ukulele Virtuoso

“Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is exciting, creative, innovative, and refreshing. The art of solo ukulele and its future in jazz are in good hands.”

—Benny Chong, Jazz Ukulele Legend (Don Ho)

“Abe successfully creates a bridge to help ukulele players branching out into the world of jazz. Packed with substance without being convoluted, Jazz Ukulele will help set you on the right track without feeling intimidated.”

—Craig Chee, Ukulele Performer and Educator

“Abe Lagrimas Jr.’s book is finally filling the void for jazz ukulele. His ability to convey jazz theory for the ukulele is perfect for those looking to expand their knowledge. From him, you will not only learn what to play, but why you would play it. A perfect book for someone ready to take the next step.”

—Sarah Maisel, Jazz Ukulele Performer and Educator


Abe Lagrimas, Jr.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. plays ukulele, drums, and vibraphone, and is an active ukulele instructor. Hailing from Waipahu, Hawaii, he shared…