50 Miniature Studies for Ukulele
50 Miniature Studies for Ukulele is a set of pieces created to develop diverse musical performance abilities and fingerpicking techniques.
This collection of short studies by Choan Gálvez is presented as a comprehensive fingerpicking ukulele method. It covers the presentation of a broad range of mandatory ukulele techniques and typical musical issues for beginner and intermediate players. Such subjects are pragmatically listed in a detailed index to guide the reader. In addition, the studies are not sorted by difficulty, and usually tackle more than one technical issue each: this makes for an interesting interplay of part and whole and several ways to approach and go back over them.
The extra-musical inspirational framework—that is evident in the beautiful titles—and the variety of musical styles elevate the pedagogical aims to a set of independent miniatures of delightful music that is a pleasure to browse.
Gálvez’s compositions for ukulele meaningfully contribute to the affirmation of the ukulele and its repertoire, and this wonderful study book is no exception.
Choan Gálvez is an admirably versatile and innovative composer who, when writing with an educator’s pen, does so not to emphasize a concept as much as to create an enjoyable piece of music in which such a concept evolves. From working through these pieces of music one gains not only increased technical proficiency but also a recognition of musical form, melodic and rhythmic development, and a pleasantly fresh harmonic palette. The collection offers a smorgasbord of musical flavors through an expansive variety of styles, tempos, keys, modes, meters, and diverse musical character. And every piece might elicit in the player a different aesthetic response, from joy, humor, excitement, and carefree whimsy to serious emotion and intense pathos.
I once made the observation to Choan of how beneficial to the study of any instrument a collection like “50 Miniature Studies” would be. How fortunate for us that his instrument is the ukulele.
Some fellow ukelelists have shared my tabs on their websites to contribute to spreading the project:
Also in Ukulele Hunt: the tab for Study No. 33, Medium Rare, Please along its performance notes.
Lazy Sunrise is featured in Ukulele Go.
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