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1 [1/12/2017] Live Lesson Replay

40:35min

Aldrine started this week’s lesson by discussing the importance of ear training. He asked the guys how they go about tuning using different octaves which lead to a conversation pondering the abstract concept of octaves. We switched gears a bit when Aldrine brought up using chords to evoke different emotions. That opened the floodgates and […]

2 [1/5/2017] Live Lesson Replay

36:07min

This week’s Thursday Live Lesson was a lightning round of questions. We covered everything from alternate chord shapes and warm ups, to ukulele accoutrements and carrying cases. Aldrine shared some tips for playing barre chords, and demonstrated how to play clearly on smaller frets. We discusses dirty fret boards and when to clean them. We […]

3 [12/29/2016] Live Lesson Replay

58:47min

This weeks Lesson was full of tech questions. Aldrine started things off by talking about port holes, its purpose and his opinion on them. We also discussed various brands of ukuleles and places to purchase them, while Aldrine prefers symmetry and a clean classic look, Aaron gravitated to the funkier side. Aldrine shared his stance […]

4 [12/22/2016] Live Lesson Replay

07:46min

Aldrine kicked off this week’s lesson by discussing the benefits of learning music theory. He explained how a few concepts such as scale shapes and chord families can help with transposing, writing and figuring out songs. We took a fun detour when Aldrine actually had a question for the guys about their favorite ukulele accessories […]

5 [12/15/2016] Live Lesson Replay

05:23min

This week’s lesson was all about taking things to the next level. Aldrine offered some advice for singing while playing more difficult techniques at the same time. He suggested slowly incorporating techniques, singing the counts, and just sticking with it. This lead him to share some of the ways he is trying to challenge himself […]

6 [12/8/2016] Live Lesson Replay

56:51min

On this week’s lesson, we jump right into a question about switching chords. All three of the guys offer their advice; Aldrine talked about keeping the ring finger ready, Aaron suggested anchoring a finger to the fretboard when possible, and Kahai recommended looking at each chord switch individually and figuring out what works best for […]

7 [12/1/2016] Live Lesson Replay

51:30min

We are back in action after a quick turkey hiatus. We covered a lot of ground, discussing the use of metronomes and capos, reviewing a tech check on chunking, exploring the application of chromatic scales, and trouble shooting a song that seems to be tripping up a lot of people. Aldrine offers some suggestions on […]

8 [11/17/2016] Live Lesson Replay

02:09min

Cowboy music, the “Running Man”, and gypsy jazz, we cover all of it in this week’s lesson. Aldrine starts things off by talking about how you can get the most from the information in Solo Secrets Revealed, and lays out a road map of various UU courses to help users better understand the material. We […]

9 [11/10/2016] Live Lesson Replay

52:40min

In this week’s Lesson, Aldrine gets the ball rolling by explaining how often strings need to be changed and the different signs that indicate it’s time to restring. He offers some great advice to help with soloing during an unfamiliar song, including sticking to “safe notes”, following the rhythm, and using clues to figure out […]

10 [11/3/2016] Live Lesson Replay

57:35min

We’re back! Aldrine starts off this lesson by talking about Hawaiian vamps and how to alter them. Things get a little technical as our discussion progresses into music theory, but Aaron nicely sums it up with his “Jus’ Press” mantra. Aldrine demonstrates a great exercise to practice bending notes, which brings us to a conversation […]

11 [10/27/2016] Live Lesson Replay

54:09min

This week, Matt Dahlberg was kind enough to jump in for Aldrine, who was away in China. Matt kicked things off by talking about some tips and tricks to improve chord switching while strumming. He demonstrates one of his favorite techniques to embellish chord switches by utilizing hammer-ons. Then Matt offers some great advice on […]

12 [10/20/2016] Live Lesson Replay

07:50min

This week’s lesson was all about that tech. Aldrine kicked things off by demonstrating how to easily switch from Em to Bm, which lead us to a lively discussion about straps. We took a brief detour and discussed short nails and ways to troubleshoot strumming with them. Aldrine shared some of his more creative solutions […]

13 [10/13/2016] Live Lesson Replay

50:45min

In this week’s Lesson, Aldrine discusses the pros and cons of strumming with just the pointer finger vs strumming with all four fingers. He demonstrates how to wind excess string on the headstock, which leads to a few stories of Macgyver minded musicians. Aldrine also reviews how to play hammer-ons and pull-offs, he explains when […]

14 [10/6/2016] Live Lesson Replay

03:28min

This week, Aldrine illustrates how to switch chords smoothly using the upbeat for both strumming and finger picking. He talks about various ways to transpose songs using moveable chord shapes, the chromatic scale, and chord families. We discuss uncommon chord shapes and chord voicing. For this week’s challenge, we cover how to improve picking dynamics, […]

15 [9/29/2016] Live Lesson Replay

57:15min

On this week’s lesson, Aldrine talks about how to keep your technique consistent and hand relaxed while strumming faster. We discuss the finer deatils of the tremolo, like using the thumb vs the pointer finger, fingernail length, and various anchoring methods. We finish with an indepth review of the free stroke and rest stroke, the […]