Experimenting, Exploration, and Workarounds

On this week's Thursday Live Lesson, the UU guys talk about experimenting, exploration, and workarounds. While answering a question about the fingerpicking in "Guava Jam", Aldrine describes his own through process when he began learning the song. This interesting look into the inner workings of his musical mind, serves as a launching pad for the rest of the lesson. The guys discuss overcoming challenges by experimenting and finding what works best for you. They take a little detour into the world of magic and illusions, before returning back to self exploration and making mistakes. Aldrine, Aaron, and Kahai each share some of their own musical challenges and their approach to working around or through them.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:50 How many fingers do you use to fingerpick "Guava Jam"?

14:25 Where is the best place to strum? (Finding the Sweet Spot)

26:00 Overcoming challenges through experimentation.

33:30 Weekly Challenge: Go from magic to music

37:00 Self Exploration and Making Mistakes

39:45 The value of ear training.

46:45 Looking for inspiration from different angles.

57:25 Hard Work and Workarounds

1:00:45 Expectation and Comparisons

References/resources for this video:
UU+ Solos - Guava Jam
Uke Minutes - In to Out Fingerpicking
Full Course - Fingerpicking Basics
Ukulele 101 - Week 4: Right Hand Techniques (Fingerpicking)
Ukulele 102 - Week 2: Arpeggios & Fingerpicking

Uke Minutes - Two String Pull-Off
Live Seminar - Deconstructing Chord Melodies
Uke Minutes - First Beat C String Bass
Whiteboard Request - Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo’ole)
Uke Lesson - Breakdown (Jack Johnson)

TLL Podcast #9 - Right Hand Struggles & Left Hand Learning

Youtube - Mahdi The Handless Magician
Youtube - BB Shawn Ishimoto

Webcam Sessions - The Value of Making Mistakes
Webcam Sessions - Look Good... Sound Good (The Importance of Recording Yourself)
Webcam Sessions - How to Record Your Ukulele
TLL Podcast #10 - Learning to Enjoy Learning Your Instrument
Ukulele 101 - Picking on the Ukulele (Slides, Hammer-Ons, and Pull-Offs)
Uke Minutes - Hammer-On Chords

Youtube - TED Talk: How to Truly Listen
Uke Lesson - Wagon Wheel
Uke Minutes - How to Hold the E Chord
Webcam Sessions - The Dreaded E Chord

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