UU+ Live Lessons

1 [5/25/2017] Live Lesson Replay


The guys are back from their uke cruise and ready for more Live Lesson action. Aldrine kicks things off with a question about second beat emphasis. He explains when to use the thumb to strum, and demonstrates the invisible pick. Aldrine quickly goes over the backing chords for “Body Surfing” before talking about the Ukulele […]

2 [5/4/2017] Live Lesson Replay


We’re back to our regular installments of Thursday Live Lesson. First up, a question about harmonies allows Aldrine to geek out with music theory while he explains how to find them and how to use them in solos. Next, Aaron runs with the baton and answers a question about practicing and pain, while Aldrine figures […]

3 [4/27/2017] Live Lesson Replay


This week’s Live Lesson is a bit of a hybrid; the first half serves as the final week of Ukulele 101. Aldrine reviews the topics covered in the previous lessons. He discusses the importance of specific techniques, and how they can be used in application. He offers some advice on how to delegate your practice […]

4 [4/20/2017] Live Lesson Replay


In this week’s lesson Aldrine talks about unwanted pull offs, and de-mystifies the concept of modes vs scales. The majority of the conversation focuses on songs. A question about keeping rhythm leads down a rabbit hole of various song and what goes into recording them. Aldrine also offers some tips for specific parts of a […]

5 [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, […]

6 [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 […]

7 [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 […]

8 [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 […]

9 [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 […]

10 [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 […]

11 [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 […]

12 [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 […]

13 [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 […]

14 [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 […]

15 [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 […]