Hal Leonard Ukulele Method: Book 1 - Hal Leonard Publishing Company Unfortunately this how to play the ukulele book seems to be short on information about how to, you know, play the ukulele. After a brief lesson on simple music reading, it goes straight to tablature with no explanation at all on how to read it or how to hold your hands. This might be fine if you have a teacher, but is very frustrating if you're trying to learn from a book.