My first real experience with the ukulele comes from teaching guitar. The store where I was teaching guitar had a high demand for ukulele teachers so I took the challenge. I just had to make sure I was one page ahead of my students. ;) Students soon asked for ukulele arrangements of all types of songs; pop, country, jazz, rock and hymns. Many of the songs on the web were unclear or contained mistakes, so I went the extra mile and wrote it on professional writing software to give them a clear arrangement. The growth from this experience has been astounding!
I have always wanted to write a guitar book, primarily a hymn book of some kind (and may still do so wink wink, nudge nudge). As I was brainstorming with a co-worker, she mentioned a ukulele primary song book of some kind. I started immediately. Its all I could think about for the next few days. I wrote down my favorites and started writing not really knowing all the head ache and frustration that comes from copy rites, photo's, website jibberish, and printing details that go into getting a book of any kind out there.
One thing I was adamant about is making the chords and keys easy for starters. I hope to have found a good balance for anyone who opens this book. I had help finding the right blend from singing and playing ukulele with my wife, family members and sharing some arrangements with other ukulele players. From this experience I have gained confidence for the next project and the respect for those who write and arrange music.