UU+ Live Lessons

1 [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 […]

2 [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 […]

3 [12/1/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

4 [11/17/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

5 [11/10/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

6 [11/3/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

7 [10/27/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

8 [10/20/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

9 [10/13/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

10 [10/6/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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, […]

11 [9/29/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

12 [9/22/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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, […]

13 [9/15/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 – […]

14 [9/8/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]

15 [9/1/2016] Live Lesson Replay


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 […]