Music Theory with special guest Mike Odo

For our first ever Thursday Live Lesson podcast, we brought in special guest Mike Odo. Mike is no stranger to UU. He appeared in our recent Christmas Play-Along, and actually taught the majority of the UU staff music in high school. So to take advantage of his expertise, we ask Mike various questions about music theory. Kahai gets the ball rolling by asking a few common beginner music theory questions. Mike covers scales, keys, and the most useful aspects of music theory to help anyone who just wants to jam. Aldrine kicks things up a notch by asking about more advanced chord voicings. Mike proves his worth by explaining chord extensions and dropping some serious knowledge about C.E.S.H. Bringing things full circle, Mike offers some tips that any musician can find useful, because we all make mistakes.

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Questions Asked this Week:
1:55 Who is Mike Odo?

5:00 Are scales worth learning and why?

8:00 What's the first step to learning scales?

11:50 What's the minimum amount of music theory someone should know?

15:45 How to find a scale.

24:30 Why can you substitute 9th chords for 7th chords?

46:45 C.E.S.H (Chromatic Baseline)

50:15 Passing Tone

53:35 Tricks for basic soloists.

References/resources for this video:
Ukulele 102 - Major and Minor Scales
Music Theory - Week 2: Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Major Scales
Webcam Sessions - How to Play Major Scales
Diagram - All Musical Notes and Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Minor Scales
Music Theory - Week 3: Minor Scales

Diagram - Circle of Fifths
Diagram - Circle of Fifths (UU Version)

Ukulele 102 - Chord Families
Music Theory - Week 7: Chord Families
Uke Minutes - Chord Families
Youtube - Paul McCartney Doesn't Read Music

UU+ Solos - Heart and Soul
UU+ Solos - Fur Elise
Webcam Session - Musical Notes on Your Uke! (With a piano graphic)

Ukulele 102 - Chord Inversions and Extensions

Solo Secrets Revealed - C Modes
Neal Chin's Seminar - Matching Ukulele Chords and Scale Positions

Youtube - David Tamaoka performs "Eventually"

Youtube - "Something" by the Beatles
Youtube - "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer
Youtube - My Funny Valentine
Youtube - "Blackbird" by the Beatles

Improvement System - Solo Secrets Revealed

Youtube - "So What" Miles Davis

Ukulele 102 - Bends, Tremolos, and Expression
Uke Minutes - How to do a Tremolo
Webcam Sessions - Play Faster Using the Tremolo

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  1. Super Podcast, guys! I listened to it over and over so I could glean all the tidbits out of it.

    It’s interesting how each person can shed new light on a subject, and a few more things about the intricate and confusing music theory finally clicked for me! Thank you. And please bring Mike Odo back again. It’s a nice blend between him . . . and some of his former music students!

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