Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Carols for Ukulele Orchestra

M. Ryan Taylor has authored a number of specialty ukulele songbooks. His most recent is Christmas Carols for Ukulele Orchestra.

Ryan was kind enough to send us a reviewer's copy. As Ryan notes, included are:
"Campanella-style ukulele arrangements for 3 or more players (2 or more if your group includes singers). Orchestral-style instrumental parts include both tablature and standard notation. Rhythm ukulele parts include the melody line, lyrics, chords and strumming/fingerpicking indications."
Many Christmas carols are extremely simple, which makes them great for beginners, but boring for more advanced players, especially if they're shy about singing (and many of my students are!). With this book of arrangements, Taylor has given us a bevy of orchestral arrangements, which more advanced groups of players will find challenging and satisfying. Recommended for teachers or leaders of clubs/circles with players who are comfortable with fingerpicking and tablature, and who will be patient in practicing and learning individual parts. Link

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