Music Book Presents a Great Method to Learn Ukulele and Teach Music Through Song

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Gerard and Andrew Hackwill are on a mission to connect people through the magic of music

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Music is a doing word, and authors Gerard and Andrew Hackwill are on a mission to connect people through its magic. Their main tool to meet their objects is the ukulele. It is without a doubt the coolest and most sociable of all the combined 20 or so instruments that they currently play. They started the company Ukelyptus as a means to present their vision to the world – “Changing Lives One Strum At A Time”

Music In Minutes is a method book designed to both learn and teach the ukulele through song. It has been developed with even the most novice musician in mind and is suitable for ages 10-110. The Hackwill’s approach to achieving fantastic results is based on many years of experience in composition and performance.

Readers and music lovers will be literally playing and singing (plinging) along in just minutes to the accompanying musical tracks of the books progressively ordered tunes. There are even heaps of songs that exclusively utilise chord shapes that requires just “one” finger. To make things even easier, the first 30 songs presented in this book are based on simple repeated chord patterns.

A great ukulele guide for classroom music teachers,Students will enjoy the near instant results and the gratification that comes from using this specially designed music book. The progressively ordered songs are not only fun and catchy, but a great deal of time and effort has gone into making them easily learned from memory.

Not just for all ages, but for all learning types, as everyone is wired and therefore learns differently. Music In Minutes does not harp on any of the sound musical theory that has gone into its creation: it simply presents the material in a number of useful formats (notated standard musical notation, lyrics sheets, chord tablature and recordings) to cater for a variety of levels and interests. The songs are catchy and easily learned from memory: just place the fingers as indicated, strum like crazy and have some fun.

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About the Author
Although a long time multi-instrumentalist with skills in keyboards, guitars and woodwinds, Gerard Hackwill’s transition into the Ukulele world comes off the back of a highly successful career in IT. He studied Music at The Canberra School of Music prior to moving into computers, and has now come full-circle to run Ukelyptus with his infectious enthusiasm, and to concentrate on what he see as his most important role to date: positively changing lives one strum at a time.

Andrew Hackwill worked as an accomplished musician and orchestrator with the Australian Army prior to taking a position with the ACT Department of Education, as a band director and arranger. He has performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas, and has amassed an enormous catalogue of compositions, including those from several of his own highly acclaimed musicals. He sees music as a “doing word” and his astonishing ability to create outstanding results is based on sound educational theory, psychology, experience, and most of all fun.

UKELYPTUS - MUSIC IN MINUTES * by Gerard and Andrew Hackwill
Publication Date: September 22, 2012
Trade Paperback; $29.99; 123 pages; 978-1-4797-0302-9
Trade Hardback; $49.99; 123 pages; 978-1-4797-0303-6

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