Tennis Elbow, Scale Patterns, Soloing Mindset, When Less is More

This Week, we have a very special guest, Kaniho Giminiz. You might have Seen or Heard Kaniho from some of the Play Alongs. He's a long time friend, and one of our go to musicians, so we're very excited to have him on. The guys start off with an introduction to Kaniho, and the backstory of Kaniho and Aldrine's friendship. They then give their advice to members who are suffering from Tennis Elbow. Aldrine asks Kaniho what the Hawaiian word for Elbow is which leads to a brief tangent on Hawaiian names. Aldrine quickly shows some patterns to help remember Major and Minor Scales, and gives his opinions on inlays. A deep discussion on soloing takes Aldrine and Kaniho back to their school days, and Kaniho relates the old adage, "Sometimes Less is More" to soloing and accompanying. The podcast is finished with UU Mail and Kaniho's advice to Ukulele Players.

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Questions Asked this Week:
2:25 How long has Aldrine known Kaniho for?

6:40 What do you do if you have Tennis Elbow?

16:55 What are the Major and minor Scale Patterns?

20:40 What is the Hawaiian word for Elbow?

21:00 Hawaiian Names

23:20 What do you think about Larry Robinson's Inlays?

27:15 Do Inlays affect the sound?

31:05 How did you start learning to Solo?

38:05 How did you start learning to pick?

41:00 What do you think about when you're soloing or picking?

50:25 What are the rules to accompany a Solo?

56:55 What was the first ukulele song Kaniho Learned?

57:50 UU Mail Unboxing

1:03:55 Kaniho's advice for Ukulele Players

References/resources for this video:

Watch and Hear Kaniho in these Play-Alongs
Uke Lesson - Something
Uke Lesson - Under the Boardwalk
Uke Lesson - Faith
Uke Lessons - Your Man
Uke Lesson - Aloha `Oe
Uke Lesson - Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai
Uke Lesson - Seasons of Love
Uke Lesson - Uptown Funk
Uke Lesson - I Shot the Sheriff

Youtube - Camile Velasco
Uke Lesson - Ehu Girl (Kolohe Kai)
Youtube - Opihi Pickers
UU+ Live Seminar - Intro to Baritone

UU Course - Ukulele 100 (Learn proper form)
Youtube - How to Hold Your Ukulele (Beginner Video)
Ukulele 102 – Week 1: Warming Up Your Ukulele
Post Videos to Student Review

Improvement System - Solo Secrets Revealed
Uke Minutes - Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Minor Scales and Chords
Ukulele 102 – Week 3: Major and Minor Scales
UU University Music Theory - Week 2: Major Scales
UU University Music Theory - Week 3: Minor Scales
UU+ Live Seminar - Matching Chords and Scale Positions with Neal Chin

Website - Robinson Custom Inlays
Facebook - Robinson Custom Inlays
Amazon - The Art of Inlay
Website - Mya-Moe Ukuleles
Website- Martin Ukuleles
Website - Ko`olau Ukulele
Wikipedia - Prince

Youtube - On Fire
Uke Lesson - Tropical Hawaiian Day (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Uke Lesson - I Hear Music (Ka`au Crater Boys)
UU+ Solos - Guava Jam
UU+ Solos - Palolo
Uke Lesson - Koke`e (Pure Heart)
Uke Lesson - Crazy Without You (Pure Heart)
Uke Lesson - Bring Me Your Cup
UU+ Solos - Pua Olena

Ukulele 101 – Week 10: Picking on the Ukulele
Ukulele 102 – Week 8: Bends, Tremolos, and Expression
Master Class - Improving Your Ukulele Sound with Bruce Shimabukuro
Uke Minutes - Hammer Ons
Uke Minutes - Pull Offs and Hammer Pulls
Uke Minutes - How to Bend a Note
Uke Minutes - Tremolo
Ukulele Webcam Sessions – Ukulele Expression Tricks

K-Town Heroes Podcast - Episode 7: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie (When Aldrine met Jake)
Facebook - Ukulele Underground
Youtube - Abe Lagrimas Jr
Youtube - Kalei Gamiao
Ukulele Challenge - Jake or Young KID?? (With Abe and Kalei)
Ukulele Challenge – Ukulele CHARADES! (Abe, Sarah and Craig)
Master Class - Improving Your Ukulele Playing with Kalei
Aloha Friday Jam - Replay from the 2020 UU Retreat (Kalei and Joe Souza)
TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat! (with Kalei)

Youtube - Big Boy in Love
Youtube - IZ I Wanna Be Like You
Instagram - theniho (Kaniho's Instagram)

Live Lesson Podcast Archive
Old Live Lesson Archive (August 7th, 2014 - March 1st, 2018)

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

Post Videos to Student Review
Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
Send Questions to
Call in Questions to our TLL Voicemail: (650)761-0989


  1. Hey guys, Will here. You answered my question wonderfully! I so much appreciate that. I will take this information and when I am ready to do your soloing lessons and I will have this in my pocket to step out to express myself with the art of soloing.

    You covered every area of my questions. You did this with a very caring and detailed fashion. You guys are great! I love the family environment and the brotherhood that you show towards each other and your audience. We are students, but I enjoy you by watching and learning together.

    I will start thinking about what key and the scale and don’t dive too deep into trying to utilize every not in the scale. Less is better. A few notes together. Aarron really hit the nail on the head.

    I so much enjoyed the comment about singing and how it relates to soloing. That I can do in my head while trying to play what I am feeling.

    Thanks again.


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