More Music Theory with Mike: Key Centers, Scales, and Improvising

On this week's Live Lesson, the guys discuss key centers, scales, and improvising. With Aaron "the Voice" busy gearing up for his ultra marathon, Mike "the Music Guru" returns to lend a hand. Aldrine, Mike, and Kahai team up to cover all sorts of music theory ground. They begin by continuing a discussion from last week's lesson on key centers. Mike explains what key centers are, and their importance. He also explains the value of learning scales, and how to improvise using chord tones. Kahai brings in his ipu for some show-n-tell, and Aldrine challenges Mike to connect the dots between an ipu and jazz music. The Music Guru delivers BIG time! Mike and Aldrine finish out the lesson with a lighting round of Q&A.

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Questions Asked this Week:
1:10 What are key centers?

13:15 The value of learning scales.

18:30 Using your voice to learn music.

20:45 Learning to improvise using chord tones.

23:35 The importance of key centers.

34:20 Innovation in Music

37:25 What is an ipu?

42:50 Connect the dots: Ipus and Jazz Music

44:10 What are octaves?

45:45 What is an accidental?

48:00 Why do we play a B Diminished 7th chord with the C Chord Family?

51:15 How did you transpose Waiting in Vain?

55:15 How do you play in octaves?

References/resources for this video:
TLL Podcast #1 - No Wrong Notes, Just Poor Choices
TLL Podcast #5 - Playing the Changes and Paying for the Earworm
Ukulele Webcam Sessions - Figuring Out Chord Inversions
Ukulele 102 - Chord Families
Youtube - Sunday Morning
Youtube - La Bamba
Youtube - Twist and Shout

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

Youtube - My Girl
Youtube - Happy Together

Youtube - Wes Montgomery

Youtube - Hula: Preserving Native Hawaiian Language and Culture
Youtube - My Little Grass Shack
Youtube - Going to a Hukilau

Songs Made Easy - Waiting in Vain
Uke Lesson - Waiting in Vain

Ukulele 102 - Mutes & Parallel Octaves
Ukulele Webcam Sessions - Parallel Octaves for Solos
Uke Minutes - Muted Octave Strum

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