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Holly's Ukulele Method™ Ebook

Holly's Ukulele Method™ Ebook
Uke Dawg Productions, Honolulu, Hawai'i

©2015, Holly Rudin-Braschi

UkeDawg logo and drawings by Pete McDonnell
Music typography and editing by Charylu Roberts

Holly's Ukulele Method™ Ebook Cover
Holly's Ukulele Method™ Ebook Cover

Working with my unique clients often starts with one project and then erupts into multiple projects at once. This was the second book I helped Holly Rudin-Braschi publish — her first was Grill Power: Second Edition™. She came to me with a book that had an entire black and white design with music typography, step-by-step fingerpicking photographs, ink illustrations, and cartoon images of the adorable Hawai'ian mascot, Uke Dawg by Pete McDonnell. The author provided histories and archival images for many of the songs that give the student a better understanding of the song's true origins. She also gave me a huge library of gorgeous ukulele photographs to choose a back cover, and of course I chose the most colorful one they had — a tie-dye ukulele!

Starting with the black and white printed version I replaced all of the photographs and illustrations with color originals. Along with the mp3s, the author wanted to include some useful bookmarks, hyperlinks, and cross-references to allow the ukulele student to navigate easily through the Ebook. The web site designer was given images from the book to provide consistent visual branding for the online Uke Dawg catalog. [ … Read More ]

The beautiful 188-page 8.5x11 inch printed book can be purchased in both black and white or color interior versions. The book includes instructions, photograph samples and FREE downloadable music files for learning and practice. On demand music instruction mp3 files are included with the instructor teaching each song and it's chords.

As so much of modern musicians lives are spent in the digital world, we decided to embed the instructional mp3s for 86 songs into a colorful interactive Ebook that could be purchased and downloaded to other media — paperless and portable. The printed book and the can be purchased here: Buy Book Here! [ Read Less ]

image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Title Page
Holly's Ukulele Method
Title Page
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Table of Contents
Holly's Ukulele Method
Table of Contents
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Playing Position
Holly's Ukulele Method
Playing Position
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Finger Placement
Holly's Ukulele Method
Finger Placement
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Right Hand Fingers Position
Holly's Ukulele Method
Right Hand Fingers
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Introducing Notes
Holly's Ukulele Method
Introducing Notes
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Amazing Grace
Holly's Ukulele Method
Amazing Grace
image: Holly's Ukulele Method™ Music History
Hollys Ukulele Method
Music History

Client Testimonial

July 9, 2015

"Phyllis Peterson did an outstanding job for me while accomplishing the impossible. She simultaneously formatted two very different books: Grill Power: Second Edition™ and Holly’s Ukulele Method™ both as hard-copy and interactive Ebooks. This was no small feat. Her first challenge was to create Grill Power: Second Edition™ out of incomplete, outdated QuarkXPress files. The first edition that sold 50,000 copies was originally published by QVC Publishing, who gave me the files over ten years ago. Since I never owned the Quark program, I didn’t know that the publisher failed to give me a copy of the cover! Not only did Phyllis do an excellent job reconstructing the cover, she also recreated the interior content and made both cover and interior formatting light-years better than the original. Phyllis also created an interactive full-color Ebook version of Grill Power: Second Edition™ that will get any E-Cookbook user inspired to heat up their grill and try my recipes!

"Holly’s Ukulele Method™ was 10 years in the making. My wonderful music editor, Charylu Roberts started the publishing process by formatting and editing the music and did the initial content formatting. Phyllis then took over and turned the book into magic. She created a cover that is so engaging, people who have never played the ukulele are inspired to purchase an instrument and start playing. She enhanced the interior of the hard-copy book and then created a full-color Ebook that simply rocks the house. She embedded all 86 instructional MP3s with each musical exercise and song, making the Ebook extremely user-friendly.

"Through our 2-year business relationship, Phyllis was a dream to work with. She always had a positive, can-do attitude, an infinite well of patience, had great ideas to improve both books, a discerning eye for detail, did great editing of the material and always delivered on time or before. I would highly recommend Phyllis to anyone considering self-publishing."

Holly Rudin-BraschiCulinary Instructor, Author, and Journalist
Master of Music Manhattan School of Music, NYC, President of Uke Dawg Productions

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