Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand
Susan picked up a new hobby of playing ukulele in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as that hobby brought on new problems (carpal tunnel), she learned to express herself in new ways. She wrote these ten musical pieces in standard and alternate tuning and also used a capo on a few to get the most diverse sounds from her ukulele. The expressive ink paintings were created in response to the music as Susan imagined places in nature when she heard each note ring out. This is great for increasing fingerpicking skills, especially when you want to give your fretting hand a break!
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Ukulele Expressions: Ocean Adventure
The second book takes you on an ocean adventure where you will encounter various ocean creatures and scenes as you play instrumental music and increase your fingerpicking skills. You will once again use standard and alternate tunings and use a capo to get a diverse set of sounds from your ukulele. Mindfulness and ocean conservation information is also included. Video examples are on Susan’s YouTube Channel Susan Montgomery. Dive in! The water is waiting for you…
Ukulele Expressions: Low G Animals in Art
The third book in the Ukulele Expressions series continues with Ukulele Expressions: Low G Animals in Art!
The Ukulele Expressions series continues here with music composed specifically for the Low G Ukulele with a collection of animals in art. Players of the Low G Ukulele can now play fingerstyle music just for their picking hand.
Susan has composed ten musical studies that are to be played only with one hand. You won’t need to put any fingers on frets as you will be playing on the open strings with just the picking hand.
Each piece is represented by an expressive acrylic painting of an amazing animal found in nature. You are in for a real treat as you play these melodies!
The ten musical studies (Etudes), suitable for the advanced beginner and beyond, are designed to increase your fingerpicking skills while exploring standard and alternate tuning and using a capo.
Take a walk on the wild side and start playing today!