The first two books in the Ukulele Expressions series are now available on Amazon – Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand and Ukulele Expressions: Ocean Adventure.
Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand
Susan picked up a new hobby 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!
Receive Etude No. 6 – Spiderweb Lane when you sign up for Susan’s SideNotes, my monthly newsletter highlighting news, updates, and refreshing art and music content. This piece is in an alternate tuning of fCEA. Simply tune your G string down to an f and you’re ready to play!
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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…