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1 [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 […]

2 [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 […]

3 [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, […]

4 [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 […]

5 [9/22/2016] Live Lesson Replay

55:13min

In this week’s lesson, Aldrine discusses how to chunk with the most efficient form, the importance of good form, as well as the most efficient way to switch from Dm to Bb. We also examine the use of diminished chords in Blues music, and explore the switching of Blues scales during a single song. Finally, […]

6 [9/15/2016] Live Lesson Replay

55:36min

This week, we discuss avoiding unwanted pull offs, diminished chords and the split strum. We also talk about triplet strums, replacing chords with diminished chords, and incorporating different technique styles into songs. This Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Second Beat Emphasis Next Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Triplet Strum Last Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – […]

7 [9/8/2016] Live Lesson Replay

58:27min

This week, Aldrine talks about diligent practicing, practicing without an ukulele, and playing barre chords without your hand getting tired. Also discussed is playing multiple strings on the higher frets, if fingernail noise is ok, and the chunk. This Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – How to Chunk Next Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Second Beat […]

8 [9/1/2016] Live Lesson Replay

55:53min

On this week’s live lesson, Aldrine talks about how to strum without hitting your finger, fingerpicking while singing, and what fingers to use when picking. Also discussed is Re-entrant tuning, using picks, and how to shape your nails for playing. This Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Singing and Fingerpicking at the Same Time Last Week’s […]

9 [8/25/2016] Live Lesson Replay

51:47min

On this week’s Live Lesson, Aldrine goes over chord switching difficulties, anchoring your finger, and singing while playing. Other topics discussed are syllables in songs, breaking down lyrics/songs, and song suggestions for the Aloha Jam. This Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Singing and Playing at the Same Time Last Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Mastering […]

10 [8/18/2016] Live Lesson Replay

51:15min

On this week’s Live Lesson, Aldrine covers technique check, Noho Pai Pai, timing, and mastering difficult chords. He also discusses power chords, moveable chords, muting, and practicing phrasing. This Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Mastering Difficult Chords Last Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Rhythm and Timing Ask Questions and Discuss the Weekly Challenge Here References/resources […]

11 [8/11/2016] Live Lesson Replay

53:48min

This Week, Aldrine talks about Nail Length, Basics of Strumming and Keeping Time, and Tuning to different Hertz. Also discussed are Different Nail Alternatives, Reggae Strumming, Different Ukulele Tunings, and Picking with your thumb vs your pointer finger. This Weekk’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – Rhythm and Timing Last Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – How to […]

12 [8/4/2016] Live Lesson Replay

07:14min

For this Thursday Live Lesson, Aldrine gives advice on how to play cleaner slides, how to play cleaner D Chords and E Chords, and how to hold multiple Strings with one finger. Also discussed are playing blues with your thumb, playing the same note on different strings, tremolos and Hawaiian pronunciation. This Weekk’s Challenge: Uke […]

13 [7/28/2016] Live Lesson Replay

56:59min

On this week’s Live Lesson, Aldrine goes over Barre Chords and Chord Switching. Also discussed are rolls, strumming dynamics, finger positions, and how to hold your ukulele. This Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – How to Hold Barre Chords Uke Minutes – How to Switch Chords Last Week’s Challenge: Uke Minutes – The Roll Uke Minutes […]

14 [7/21/2016] Live Lesson Replay

43:52min

For this Week’s Live Lesson, Aldrine covers rolls, strumming dynamics and strumming rhythms. Also discussed is using rolls in Hawaiian music, how to exercise your roll, and alternatives to the roll. References/resources for this video: Strumming and Switching Chords Course Uke Minutes – The Roll Uke Minutes – Strumming Dynamics Technique Check Live Lesson Questions […]

15 [7/14/16] Live Lesson Replay

09:25min

On this Week’s Live Lesson, Aldrine covers strumming faster and more consistently, how to practice your thumb picking and how to arrange chord melodies. Also discussed is using an acrylic nail for picking, exercising your left hand for chords, Aldrine’s signature strings from Aquila, and different Flamenco techniques. Sorry, the stream starts 2 minutes in. […]