Holding Your Ukulele, Soloing & Learning from Others

On this week's Live Lesson, the guys cover topics ranging from beginner to experienced (but keeping a beginner mindset). Aldrine talks about the nuances of holding your ukulele. He covers the fluid nature of thumb position, doing things the "lazy" way, and adapting to different circumstances. Next up, the guys discuss soloing and the different ways to improvise a solid solo. Since soloing & learning from others go hand in hand, they wrap up the lesson by talking about the benefits of playing with amazing musicians. Aldrine shares stories about his favorite ukulele sparring partner and getting schooled by the greats.

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Questions Asked this Week:
2:45 Thumb positions for holding different chords.

20:20 Where do you hold your ukulele in relation to your body?

24:55 Looking for the "lazy" way.

32:45 How do you make your solos sound less repetitive?

47:45 The benefits of playing with talented musicians.

57:30 What does it mean to "hang back" when playing music with someone else?

References/resources for this video:
Full Course - Ukulele 100
Webcam Sessions - Thumbs UP or Thumbs In?
Webcam Sessions - Am I Holding My Ukulele Right?
Library - Songs Made Easy

Youtube - Matt Dahlberg

Ukulele 101 - Week 7: Barre Chords
Uke Minutes - How to Hold Barre Chords
Webcam Sessions - Focused Fretting Fingers
Ukulele 102 - Week 7: Mutes & Parallel Octaves

Full Course - Ukulele 102
Full Course - Ukulele 103
Improvement Systems - Solo Secrets Revealed
Ukulele 101 - Week 10: Picking (Slides, Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs)
Ukulele 102 - Week 8: Bends, Tremolos and Expression

Youtube - Aldrine and Matt Playing "Bodysurfing"
Youtube - Aldrine and Kalei Gamiao Sparring

Youtube - Abe, Kalei, and Aldrine playing in Thailand
Youtube - Jason and Aldrine play Little Wing
UU Market - Jason's Blue Course
Master Class - Imua Garza
Aloha Friday Jam - Replay (Breezin')
Duos - Kyle Furusho
Youtube Channel - Hawaiian Music Supply

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UU+ Forum - Private Lessons Beta Testing

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  1. This is an excellent podcast!
    Do you’ll plan to re-record the videos where you’ll feel you’ll have progressed/changed your teaching content? I am now a bit vary of visiting the how to hold chords video. I currently pinch and will now try to incorporate what I learnt here.

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