Edited, arranged, and performed by ukulele virtuoso and historian John King, this collection makes the original, classic repertoire of this charming little instrument available to the public for the first time in nearly a century. The Preface, informative and thoroughly researched, places the ukulele and its music in historical context, from its early days in Hawai'i, to its widespread popularity on the Mainland. Showcasing pieces which are both challenging and beautiful, EarlySolos and Duets features the music of Queen Lili'uokalani, King Kalakaua, ErnestKa'ai, Henry Kailimai, George Awai, George Kia Nahaolelua, N. B. Bailey andVadah Olcott Bickford. Also included in Early Solos and Duets are invaluable instructions for the different styles of strumming as played by the "Father of the ukulele," Ernest Ka'ai. The audio contains all 22 pieces expertly performed by Mr. King. Includes access to online audio.