Ukulele Solo Book

ukulele-1916Several years ago, in a bookstore that no longer exists, I found a wonderful book.  “The Ukulele as a Solo Instrument, C Notation: A Collection of Ukulele Solos” by N.B. Bailey and Keoki E. Awai with its 1916 copyright was an expensive purchase.  But 99 years ago, the book was only $1.00 US. ukebook-coverI scanned a few songs from the book and periodically placed them on one of my other blogs, Ukulele Perspective .  I scanned exercises like “Pick Waltz” so you could enjoy an exercise that would increase your playing flexibility tremendously.  Or when I read about “Muffled Playing” (an odd term to say the least) I scanned “My Bonnie” for you to try.

Now, I have scanned the entire book for you.  I have updated the cover and added a few color photos throughout the book.  The yellow crumbling pages — which made it tricky to scan — have been turned white through the magic of our technology. The book is full of exercises and songs you will recognize.  You will not recognize them all, since the book is 99 years old, but you will increase your abilities in the arena of solo ukulele playing. This is a book for people who want to increase their recognition of notes and play solo lines. There are no chord formations in this book.  I have given you samples of the way the  music is written in the book by giving you “Pick Waltz” and “My Bonnie”. The book is available for you to download now.  I hope to recoup the cost of its purchase and scanning (no less than several days work to get a clean copy.)  It is no small book, but rather 70 pages. For those of you who would like extras for “Pick Waltz”, below you can hear it  and download a Guitar Pro version if you own the software.

  • Download this zipped .gp5 (Guitar Pro) version of Pick waltz.



  1. […] January, 2015 — A full version of the book is available on my newer website.  You can also download Pick Waltz as pdf and gp5 file at this […]


  2. […] has been created with links to the songs listed below.  You can download these free pdf tabs at Judy RobinsonDesigns and read about how I have now scanned most of the book and made it […]


  3. Wow, Judy. What a find and what generous sharing.


  4. […] old but it has solo ukulele pieces that will make you the most dextrous of all ukulele players. Read more about the ukulele solo book, which has links to free pdf samples of a few songs from the book and a link to purchase the book. […]


  5. […] can read more about the ukulele book on my other website. There you will find links to free pdf samples of a few songs from the book and a link to purchase […]


  6. My wife has just picked up her mandolin again so we are getting cheery music here too.


    1. Do you play flute with the mandolin? Ever thought of posting a recording? Would be delightful to hear!


      1. She is not very keen on playing in public.


  7. […] DVD from Del Rey Memphis Uke Party (thanks to Howard). – Easy Ukulele Songs Podcast. – N.B. Bailey and Keoki E Ukulele Solo Book. – Halifax Ukulele Gang’s second […]


  8. Natalie Moore · · Reply

    Hi, where does Pick Waltz appear in the book? Is it nearer the beginning, middle, or end? Just trying to figure out if this book would work for my classroom.


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