Seventeen beautiful songs transcribed for guitar and ukulele exactly as played by IZ including his breathtaking version of "Over the Rainbow" as heard on the soundtracks to Finding Forester, 50 First Dates, and "ER." There are also four pages of color photos featuring Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole, the Hawaiian singer with an unparalleled voice. Our folio includes: Hawai'i '78 * White Sandy Beach * 'Opae E * Kaleohano * Na Ka Pueo * Hi'ilawe * N Dis Life (In This Life) * Ka Pua U'i * Kuhio Bay * Henehene Kou 'Aka * Panini Puakea * Wind Beneath My Wings/He Hawai'i Au * Starting All Over Again * Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World * Kamalani.
Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'Ole
Contributors: Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'OleInstrument: GuitarPage count: 100ISBN: 0757936717
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yes I totally agree with the first review. The only downside to this book is that the chords are written for guitar rather than Ukulele. Well... kinda. There is a note to capo your guitar on the 5th fret to make the chords the same as a ukulele (and the same key as Iz played). But the chord diagrams are still labeled as the lower guitar pitch. So as I play, I see the fingering for a B flat (for ukulele), but it is labeled an F (Because, of course, when you play an F on guitar capoed on the 5th fret, it is a B flat). Guitar players will have no trouble at all, but for us uke strummers, its a little confusing. But don't let this stop you from buying it!
Still love the book! Would have rated it 4 1/2 stars if it were possible.
Another plus to the book is that all the Hawai'an lyrics are translated into English for all of us haole.
Dakine IZ songbook with fifteen of his hits from various albums. This book, the guitar/ukulele edition, is to the point, just the music, no introductions, although it does have several photos and a table of contents, listing which album each song is from. It assumes that the owner is familiar with Braddah IZ's work and expects a buyer also familiar with reading music. The finger placement charts are a little small, albeit the chord is also listed above the chart allowing the changes to be made with ease. I would have liked this song book to come with a cd of the music alone, that would have been ono kine. But as is, a good book with classic songs. Mahalo.
I agree with the majority of what is being said here with one exception, that concerning Guitar vs Ukulele chords being supplied. For those who may not realize it a couple of points:
1. The chord diagrams supplied are actually for the Baritone Ukulele. Look closer and notice that there are two strings in the diagram not used (The E and A strings which are the difference for the Baritone Ukulele.
2. Capo at fret 5 of a guitar or baritone ukulele results in the Standard "C" (G-C-E-A) tuning I believe.
In short, what you need for the most part is provided for you with a little insight from you.
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