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How ya doin’ UUers?

Just returning from a tough day at the office? Or maybe settling in for a laid-back weekend? Sorry to burst your bubble – but you’ve got more work to do!! Dust off your ukulele because it’s time for UKE MINUTES!

In this week’s episode, Aldrine introduces another way to hone those scale-playing skills of yours with another warm-up exercise: Scale Exercise II! Remember, knowing your scales frontwards and backwards is an essential tool for quicker picking and improvisation when you are wailing hardcore on your fretboard.

So for this exercise, here’s what you do:

Step 1: Using the pointer finger of your right hand, pluck out the notes of your favorite major scale in ascending order.
Step 2: Now play the notes again, but in between each note, pick the G (top) string of your ukulele using the thumb of your right hand.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2, but in descending order.

That’s it! Start off slow, then increase your speed. If the major scale that you have chosen doesn’t include the G note, you can substitute other open strings (such as the C or E string) for the open G string that is being plucked using your thumb. Try it out and let us know what you think! See, who said work couldn’t be fun??

*ALSO* There’s only one week left to nominate your favorite ukulele videos for the 2008 Ukulele Underground Awards (“The Undies!”). So login to the Forum and post your favorite. Voting starts in December, so get your nominations in now, before it’s too late!

Thanks everyone for being so awesome and spreading the gospel of the ukulele all over the freaking world! You are the coolest viewers a site could ever have.

Aloha,
-UU Staff

What Should I Learn Next?
“Left Hand Exercise I”
“Left Hand Exercise II”