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The Best Ukulele Books

Get started with these awesome books for beginners 

by Kevin Rossi

Looking to enhance your ukulele skills? Your search ends here! While YouTube tutorials and online tab/chord websites are fantastic resources, sometimes having a physical reference you can hold in your hands (or slip into your ukulele case) is just so much better. This is where ukulele books come into play.

Don’t worry if you can’t read traditional sheet music; ukulele music books primarily utilize chord charts and tabs, making them accessible to everyone. Despite its lesser popularity compared to the guitar, there’s still a great collection of high-quality music books tailored to the ukulele – you just need to know where to find them.

To kickstart your journey, we’ve compiled a list of outstanding music book recommendations for you!

Three Chord Songs Ukulele Book 

For the true beginner, the “Three Chord Songs Book” is an ideal companion!

Don’t know a lot of chords yet? No problem! With just 3 basic chords, this book can teach you to play an impressive 60 songs! And at a size of  6″ by 9″, this book is designed to effortlessly slip into the majority of ukulele cases. For each song featured, you’ll find clear and user-friendly chord diagrams, making it a breeze to follow along. 

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Dive into timeless classics like “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Twist and Shout,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and “Hound Dog.” This book promises an abundance of beloved hits to captivate any enthusiast of classic melodies.

The Ultimate Ukulele Fake Book

Don’t be misled by the name; there’s absolutely nothing fake about this spiral bound behemoth! Boasting a collection of 400 songs, this one is sure to please any ukulele enthusiast (though it probably won’t please your ukulele case). 

Maybe think of it more as your ukulele’s very own coffee table book—a treasure trove of musical discovery for whenever you’re in the mood for something fresh and exciting. Simply flip open to any random page, and from Brown Eyed Girl, to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. you’re bound to stumble upon a new song to master! 

Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons

For this next one, let’s broaden our horizons a bit from the standard songbook format and take a look at something a little different. 

This 90-page treasure trove features 14 lessons brought to you by one of the globe’s most renowned ukulele virtuosos.

And if that’s not enough to get you excited, consider this: it also grants you access to 90 minutes of accompanying video content. It’s a truly harmonious blend of traditional and modern learning methods!

Uke Like The Pros Books

And if you liked the sound of that last one, make sure to check out Terry Carter’s own series of ukulele books at our store!

A comprehensive range of lesson materials, Terry Carter’s “Uke Like the Pros” series stands out as an unparalleled resource.

Want to try your hand at some fingerstyle ukulele techniques? He’s got it. Looking for some structured practice routines? Got that covered too. Want to delve into soloing like a pro? We got you! Need help with reading music for the ukulele, baritone ukulele, or even the guitarlele? No problem. 

So, whether your interests lie in expanding your song repertoire or fine-tuning your skillset with expert guidance, music books are an invaluable supplement to things like YouTube or lessons. There’s a plethora of ukulele-specific literature waiting to be explored—just take a moment to explore and you’ll discover a world of knowledge at your fingertips!

For more lessons on chords, techniques, and songs to help you along on your own uke journey, make sure to check out our site We offer you a bunch of great ukulele content that comes hand-in-hand with an awesome ukulele community that will support you in this journey.

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