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Top-Selling Ukulele Starter Packs and Methods Available from Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The leader in educational music publishing offers various top-selling ukulele starter packs and methods to meet the needs of the massively growing ukulele market. For those who want to start playing right away, the complete starter packs contain everything needed, such as a high-quality Firebrand™ wood ukulele; deluxe accessories including a custom-fit gig bag with carrying handle; an extra set of strings; an instructional Book, CD, and DVD, and more. Alfred’s ukulele methods are designed in fun and easy-to-follow formats, covering essential playing techniques and concepts with familiar song favorites included throughout. The companion CDs contain the recordings of the lessons and songs found in each method, while the DVDs enhance the learning experience through visual instruction.

As consistent best-sellers, Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack and Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Starter Pack continue to dominate the educational ukulele market. “Ukulele is on its way to becoming a mainstream instrument. The demand is so high; we’ve seen a surge in sales with our ukulele packs, which are now some of our best-selling products. Our warehouse and dealers have had a hard time keeping them in stock, and the demand for it hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down,” said Antonio Ferranti, Director of Sales, Alfred Music Publishing.

The best-selling Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele method is great for the hobbyist to professional musicians alike, with special features such as a history of the ukulele, a complete ukulele chord dictionary, a handy transposition chart, and tips on how to play by ear. Alfred’s Basic Ukulele Method is perfect for adult learners, even if they’ve never picked up an instrument before. The book features clear instruction that starts by covering the most basic topics, giving new learners a quick and well-paced way to play their favorite tunes in no time. For younger players, Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Course is a fun and easy method recommended for kids ages five and up. Three irresistible cartoon characters guide students along, focusing their attention by pointing out what's important on each page. In addition to being great for teachers, the method is designed so that parents can effectively guide their children through the course, even if they’ve never had any musical training themselves.

A great supplement to any ukulele method, the Ukulele Chord Dictionary is a compact and handy reference guide to find chords quickly. Organized in a unique dictionary style, there are sections on how to read music, tuning, movable chords, and chord derivations. Also included is an easy-to-use fingerboard chart which shows all the notes on the fingerboard.

Alfred’s ukulele starter packs and methods are now available at music retail stores and at alfred.com. The companion CDs and DVDs for each method are also sold separately.