Ukulele Bass Manual

by Martin Schroeder & Liselotte Schell
sku: 02-30058M
Book/Online video set. Offers a theoretical introduction to the development of the instrument and its maintenance, stringing and care. Discover the secret of the "UBass": how can such a small instrument make a sound that deep? Discusses the Kala UBass in studio and live recordings. Followed by tunes, bass lines, songs and catchy grooves to help you learn. Cajon and UBass fit together really well, so the authors included simple band scores for guitar, cajon and UBass to show how a true rhythm section grooves. 64 pp.   More Details...

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The bass ukulele

  • The tuning
  • The Kala UBass Series
  • Bass ukulele manufacturers
  • The secret of the bass ukulele: Pahoehoe strings
  • Maintenance of strings
  • “Thundergut” Strings
  • The bass ukulele: Live.

The parts of your UBass

  • The scale
  • The octave
  • scale and octave

Tune your bass ukulele

  • The tuning
  • Tuning with a tuner
  • Tuning by ear
  • Tuning with harmonics
  • Stretching and dwindling tension

Playing posture


  • Left and right hand
  • Fingering
  • Basic fingering

Playing methods

Before you start to play

  • Notes and TAB
  • Exercises 1/2: Boogie-Woogie

Interview with Martin ‘Bassmati' Schroeder

Range and fret board,

  • Identical tones
  • Examples of identical tones

Basics of music theory

  • Whole tone steps - half tone steps
  • Accidentals and key signature
  • Modes
  • Accidentals
  • Validity of accidentals

Rhythm and Measure

  • Introduction
  • Rhythm notation
  • Measure
  • Rhythm exercises
  • The metronome
  • Timing
  • Beats per minute
  • Tempo indication
  • Rests
  • Counting in
  • Pickup
  • Eight note and dotted quarter note

Scales in first position

C-major – second position

  • D major scale – position change

To play ‘by ear'

  • Main harmony-tonic, subdominant, dominant

Comping in practice

Comping with chord symbols


Common bass accompaniment patterns

  • Jazzy walking bass line
  • Latin bass line
  • Latin-Calypso
  • Fast dance tune
  • Rock
  • Pop Song
  • Rhumba
  • Boogie/ Rock‘n Roll
  • Latin
  • Chords

Special techniques

  • The Slide
  • Hammer on, pull off
  • Ghost Notes

Play in a band

  • Rock
  • Rock Ballad
  • Boogie-Woogie
  • Blues Rock.
  • Rhythm‘n Blues.
  • Latin
  • Rock‘n Roll
  • Country

Solo Pieces for the bass ukulele

  • The Monkey
  • Sammy‘s Boogie
  • Walking With You
  • VoilÀ
  • Calypso

Duets for 2 UBasses

  • Keep Cool, Man
  • Blues for Paul


  • Old Mac Donald
  • Camptown Races
  • Clementine
  • Michael, Row The Boat Ashore