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UU+ Live Lessons

1 [5/19/16] Live Lesson Replay

39:43min

This week for Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about holding the B chord, transitioning to and from chords, and adjusting how you hold your chords. Also discussed is holding the D and E chord, playing with arthritis, and wider ukulele necks. References/resources for this video: Uke Minutes – How to Hold Multiple Strings Uke Minutes […]

2 [5/12/16] Live Lesson Replay

38:29min

On this week’s Live Lesson, Aldrine discusses tips for phrasing, Pull Offs and Hammer On combinations, and vibratos. Also discussed is using your phone or computer to practice rhythm, ghost notes, practices for hammer ons and pull offs, playing hammer ons cleanly, and using techniques for added feeling. References/resources for this video: Uke Minutes – […]

3 [5/05/16] Live Lesson Replay

46:41min

In this episode of Live Lesson Thursdays, Aldrine talks about different time signatures, string recommendations, and matching strings to your instrument. Also discussed is using lemon oil to clean your ukulele, Aldrine’s signature strings, how to chunk, and practicing chunks. References/resources for this video: Uke Minutes – Time Signatures Uke Minutes – 3/4 and 6/8 […]

4 [04/28/16] Live Lesson Replay

27:10min

On this week’s episode of Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about moving chords around for more character and a more Hawaiian sound. Also discussed is finding comfortable ways to play chords, and improvising to the Play Alongs. References/resources for this video: Uke Minutes – Movable Chord Shapes Uke Minutes – How to Hold Barre Chords […]

5 [03/24/16] Live Lesson Replay

36:19min

On this week’s episode of Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about avoiding accidental noises and tones and how to get that “Bossa Nova” feel. Also discussed in this lesson: What to look for in a second uke, different tone woods, and sending us videos for technique checks. References/resources for this video: Uke Lesson 99 – […]

6 [03/17/16] Live Lesson Replay

38:51min

This Week on Live Lesson, Aldrine talks about how to practice Singing and Playing and how to cleanly play harmonics. Also discussed in this episode: Up Chunks, how to play a chunk on the up beat, new features on UU+, and How Aldrine would use UU+. References/resources for this video: UUU 101 – Week 10 […]

7 [02/25/16] Live Lesson Replay

40:36min

In this episode of Live Lesson Thursdays, Aldrine talks about pointer finger vs multiple finger strumming, proper strumming technique, using ukuleles as percussive instruments, and Aldrine’s techniques in Bandito Tyler. Also discussed in this episode: Basics of using a loop pedal, gear for performing, how to structure a set list, and how to feel out […]

8 [02/18/16] Live Lesson Replay

42:30min

On this week’s episode of Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about “jazz chords” and progressions, adding extensions to chords to give them more color, and using inversions to make your chord progressions sound more “jazzy”. Also discussed in this lesson: substituting the relative major or relative minor for each chord in a chord progression as […]

9 [02/11/16] Live Lesson Replay

52:06min

This week on Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about the prototype for his new signature strings, tips for restringing your ukulele, and general ukulele maintenance. Also discussed in this lesson: ukulele pickups, direct input (DI) Boxes, cables and options for amplifying your ukulele. Resources for this video: Uke Minutes – How to Restring Your Ukulele […]

10 [01/28/16] Live Lesson Replay

46:20min

On this week’s Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about “natural” strumming (as opposed to following strumming patterns), developing rhythm, and practicing by duplicating the rhythm you hear using your strumming hand. He also talks about going to California for the 2016 NAMM Show Ukulele Coverage, how to get the most out of Ukulele Underground if […]

11 [01/14/16] Live Lesson Replay

43:05min

This week on the Live Lesson, Aldrine talks about the new UU+ Solos lesson for Eine kleine Nachtmusik (a Little Night Music), how to figure out chords to back the melody, how to figure out melodies, how to structure your practice sessions, using technology to practice your ukulele, and setting goals to give your ukulele […]

12 [12/17/15] Live Lesson Replay

48:40min

This time on Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about practicing your scales by using them as chord extensions for songs that you already play. Also discussed in this lesson: figuring out what key a song is in, “chord families” and chords that sound good together, requesting songs for UU lessons, using fake nails for your […]

13 [12/10/15] Live Lesson Replay

48:09min

In this week’s episode of Live Lesson Thursdays, Aldrine talks about how to figure out a strumming pattern for yourself, how to create a strumming pattern that will match a song based on the rhythm and other cues from the song itself. Also discussed in this episode: moving forward in your ukulele abilities, getting over […]

14 [12/03/15] Live Lesson Replay

43:18min

In this episode of Live Lesson Thursdays, Aldrine talks about the process of writing songs, both vocal and instrumental, breaking down a few of his own songs and talking about the ideas behind composition, expressing ideas musically, and adding storyline and thematic elements to your music. To listen to Aldrine’s albums for further reference: Aldrine […]

15 [11/19/15] Live Lesson Replay

51:58min

On this Live Lesson Thursday, Aldrine talks about learning from Tracy Terada (a future guest on the UU Video Podcast series), adding “human-ness” to your ukulele playing through phrasing and attack, and how to approach the ukulele as an instrument for expression. Also discussed: the new Chat function for UU+ members, how to hold your […]