Berklee Press, exclusively distributed by Hal Leonard, has published Berklee Solo Ukulele by Karen Hogg. The book will help players arrange and perform ukulele pieces unaccompanied. They'll learn essential ukulele techniques to capture the instrument's unique sonority and character, such as Campanella technique, clawhammer, tremolo, harmonics, and various fingerstyle patterns. Each concept and technique is supported by exercises and songs, including play-along demo audio tracks.
The accompanying audio is accessed through Hal Leonard's popular MyLibrary system using the provided code. The audio can be streamed or downloaded and includes PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
Karen Hogg is a multi-instrumentalist: ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and other stringed instruments. She is also an educator and author.
The book starts with some rudimentary material to ensure the reader has an understanding of foundational ideas and then delves into concepts to give them a solid foundation to begin creating or refining their own solo ukulele arrangements for a lifetime of performing great ukulele music.
"Karen Hogg's ukulele instructional book is fantastic! She covers so many different playing styles and organizes the information in a thoughtful way that is clear and easy to grasp. The book will not only help you to become a better ukulele player, but it'll all so make you a better musician. Aloha!" —Jake Shimabukuro