The Ukalaliens Songbook & Companion CD is for absolute beginners! Learn to play the ukulele and sing with 20 folk songs all by yourself or with a group of friends. It's easy and fun. This book & CD set is filled with all original colorful, whimsical drawings by Steve Einhorn. Lifelong folk musicians, Kate & Steve created a method that works for just about everybody and make it irresistably fun to learn to play and sing with the ukulele. Sporting the revolutionary "Flip - Flaps", this easy-to-use book and CD teaches non-musicians and the uninitiated the joys of playing and singing with the ukulele. Chords and tuning apply to all soprano, concert & tenor ukuleles. "It's not just a book & CD, the Ukalaliens Songbook is a movement!"
REVIEWS...The Ukalaliens Songbook, A Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Fun
January 2010 issue...
THE UKALALIENS, a folk duo including Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, have been conducting retail clinics coast-to-coast sponsored by Kala brand ukuleles. Authors of the book "The Ukalaliens Songbook, A Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Fun", Kate and Steve have shared the stage with folk luminaries such as Pete Seeger and have performed on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
In their clinics, the Ukalaliens effectively demonstrate how easy it is to turn non-players into ukulele strumming enthusiasts within a few minutes. After sitting through the hour-long session, many attendees have gone on to create their own ukulele communities or clubs that frequently get together to jam and play songs. Dan Ross of Columbia River Music, The Dalles, Oregon, stated, “the Ukalaliens helped to build the ukulele community here and to sell instruments. We have a uke group that now meets to jam at a winery two or three times a months. They usually come back to buy more than one ukulele. They buy them for their friends, grandkids.”
According to Jimmy Dougherty, manager of George's Music in Jacksonville, Florida, “The Ukalaliens are a fun and interactive duo who provided some unique entertainment to our customers. We would love to have them back in the future! The workshops provide excellent opportunities for stores to reach new customers and non-musicians. Attendees often invite their friends and family to join in the fun, creating a community atmosphere.”
- The book & CD is the next best thing to being there!
"THUMBS UP!" - Review by Jim D'Ville, Teacher and Author of The Natural Way to Music and playukulelebyear.blogspot.com
Folk troubadours, Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, have created a magical introduction to the wonderful world of ukulele playing with their book and CD project, the Ukalaiens Songbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Ukulele Fun...and that’s just what this delightful little book and CD are, fun!
From the whimsical original illustrations by Steve to the diverse collection of simple folk tunes the book will immediately have the aspiring ukuleleist strumming and singing right from the get-go. For the more adventurous players the book also includes a number of beginning finger-picking patterns and left hand techniques. Another feature unique to the book is handy “flip-flap chord charts" that pop up from the book to demonstrate how to play the tunes in a variety of keys.
Steve’s pleasant voice guides you patiently through uke basics and the 20 tunes contained on the CD, which include folk classics Careless Love, Crawdad Hole and Shady Grove, in addition to, the lovely original tunes Annabelle, Under the Moon and Pretty Little Girl. As an added bonus, the CD contains the glorious harmony singing of Kate and Steve which have made them Northwest folk icons.
Kate and Steve project a nurturing spirit that warmly welcomes all to the experience of playing and singing
with others. Their relaxed, no hurry, presentation is the perfect welcome to beginning musicians of all ages.
I would recommend the Ukalaliens Songbook to anyone wishing a thoroughly enjoyable musical introduction to playing the sweetest of stringed instruments, the ukulele.