UU+ Live Lessons

1 [4/13/2017] Live Lesson Replay


This week’s Thursday Live Lesson covers a range of topics; ukulele sizes, and going back to the basics are the primary themes. First off, Aldrine demonstrates step by step, how to hold the ukulele. Then we briefly discuss tuning tools, and the preferred method for tuning by ear. A question about holding the Gsus4 chord, […]

2 [4/6/2017] Live Lesson Replay


This week’s Thursday Live Lesson features our favorite sub, Matt Dahlberg. Matt covers a lot of ground as UU members fire away with a variety of questions. First, Matt reviews the tremolo and offers some detailed advice to help with the technique. Next Matt explains why he uses his thumb and middle finger for some […]

3 [3/16/2017] Live Lesson Replay


This week’s Live Lesson is a mixed bag of topics. First off, Aldrine explains how to do his trademark strum that he uses in song lessons. Kahai gives some insight as to why Aldrine uses his fancy roll to demonstrate chords. Then we briefly cover the tricky E chord, before moving on to a discussion […]

4 [3/9/2017] Live Lesson Replay


This week’s Live Lesson was light on questions and served as more of a casual hangout with the guys. Aldrine got the ball rolling by briefly reviewing the chunk and asking his two handsome sidekicks how they first started to use the technique. Then Aldrine talked about the benefits of practicing both acoustically and plugged […]

5 [3/2/2017] Live Lesson Replay


Feel the rhythm. Feel the rhyme. Get on up, it’s Live Lesson time. This week’s lesson is all about embellishing rhythm with different techniques. Aldrine answers questions about pinky mutes and chunking, and demonstrates an exercise to improve pinky mute timing. Aaron suggests a shift in thinking to help with timing; focus less on the […]

6 [2/23/2017] Live Lesson Replay


On this week’s mashup of Ukulele 101 and Thursday Live Lesson, Aldrine reviewed and elaborated on topics from the first 5 weeks of Ukulele 101. He emphasized the importance of good form, the value of ear training, and revisited right hand techniques as well as strumming patterns. Aldrine explained how all of these pieces tie […]

7 [2/16/2017] Live Lesson Replay


On this week’s lesson, the guys had fun talking about the magic of musicians playing together, but first Aldrine answered a few questions. He demonstrated an alternate picking for our short nailed friends, offered some feedback on a student review, then he got a little tripped up with the triplet strum. Aldrine redeemed himself by […]

8 [2/9/2017] Live Lesson Replay


This week’s Live Lesson started with a question about holding two tricky chords and in typical UU fashion, it soon lead to a food related tangent. To their credit, the guys somehow managed to connect flan and chewing to playing the ukulele. Aldrine then offered some solid advice for practicing picking in songs, and Aaron […]

9 [2/2/2017] Live Lesson Replay


The guys are back and ready for some ukulele action. We’ve always believed that the ukulele is special because it can fit everyone, and this week’s lesson reinforces that. Aldrine helps one player by offering a modified way to chunk if you have arthritis. He praises another UUser for taking the time to find a […]

10 [1/12/2017] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

11 [1/5/2017] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

12 [12/29/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

13 [12/22/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

14 [12/15/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

15 [12/8/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]