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Alright, there's no way to sugar coat it - this month's episode of Uke Lessons is not an easy one to learn. It's Little Wing by guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix - and while we could have made a simple beginner version of this song for you to play along to easily, it would have been a disservice to you, the aspiring ukulele player, and to Jimi Hendrix himself, whose innovative playing style changed the face of music forever. So your task today, if you choose to accept it, is to step up your game, learn some techniques that have never before been revealed on the ukulele, and pay proper tribute to one of the idols of rock n' roll.
For the Play-Along for this video, we teamed up with our long time friend and blues uke player, Jason Arimoto. Jason is the lead instructor at U-Space LA, and along with Grammy Award-Winning ukulele player, Daniel Ho, one of the creators of PhD Strings (available in the UU Store!) We just released an episode of Ukulele Duos with Jason on UU+, where he and Aldrine played Little Wing, along with other songs, so definitely check it out for more great music with Jason Arimoto!
So dive into Little Wing - take it very slowly, piece-by-piece. There are a ton of very tricky sections that require some things that you may never have done on your ukulele, but be persistent, keep practicing, and it will all pay off in the end. And if you have any questions about any of the techniques for this song, or need any help at all, we're always here for you - rock on & keep strummin'