Easy as Whistling, Following Through, Phrasing, Songwriting Challenge #18, and Uncle Willie

It's just the Boys this week! No special guest, but the team does answer a question from last week, and reviews a back catalog of student reviews. One member asks if playing the ukulele will ever be as easy as whistling along to a song? Aldrine gives examples of how easy playing along can be, and Aaron points out how far you may already be if you can whistle to a song. The guys dive into Student Reviews. They give advice on following through with your strum, checking where you anchor, playing with rest strokes, playing posture, and the importance of Phrasing. A new Songwriting Challenge is set, and the guys throwback to a Titanic Ukulele Challenge. Towards the end of the podcast, the team pays their respects to Uncle Willie K by talking about fond memories with him.

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Questions Asked this Week:
4:05 Will Playing Along with the Uke ever be as Easy as Whistling?

12:15 Will's Student Review: Follow through & Anchoring with your arm

21:30 Wesley's Student Review: Rest Strokes & Phrasing

36:05 Pete's Student Review: Picking Positions and Posture

45:35 Remembering Uncle Willie K

56:50 Songwriting Challenge #18
Key of D

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UU Members Due Date: June 11th

1:02:35 Attack on Titan Ukulele Challenge

References/resources for this video:

UU+ Forum - Live Lesson Songwriting Challenge Megathread
TLL Podcast #105 – Musical Fingerprint
Ukulele 101 – Week 2: Basic Ear Training
Youtube - Abe Lagrimas Jr
Ukulele 101 – Week 8: Rhythm Ear Training
Ukulele 101 – Week 9: Creating Strumming Patterns

Youtube - Tripping Down the Hill (What Pete Said he feels like)
Uke Minutes - Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Minor Scales and Chords
Ukulele 102 – Week 3: Major and Minor Scales
Music Theory – Week 2: Major Scales
Music Theory – Week 3: Minor Scales
Ukulele Challenge – ROAD TRIP on KAUAI!
TLL Podcast #28 – Chord Substitutions: How Sweet the Sound (Related Chords)

Youtube - Surf (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Aloha Friday - March 13, 2020 Jam Replay (Watch Aldrine play Surf)
Ukulele 100 - Lesson 1 (How to Strum and Anchor)
Wikipedia - Ben Hogan
Youtube - Happy Gilmore (Adult Language)
Whiteboard Request - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Youtube - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Youtube - Someone to Lava
Uke Minutes - Pinky Mute

Uke Minutes - Free Strokes and Rest Strokes
TLL Podcast #78 – To Anchor or not to Anchor?
Youtube - Here Comes the Sun
TLL Podcast #13 – Just Breathe (Phrasing)
Ukulele 102 – Week 9: Composing Your Own Songs (Adding Phrasing)
Youtube - Audiation (Hear what you're going to play)
Youtube - Getting Better at Melody (Jacob Collier)

Ukulele 101 – Week 4: Right Hand Techniques (Fingerpicking)
Uke Minutes - Free Strokes and Rest Strokes
Ukulele 100 - Lesson 1 (Proper Form and Posture)
Youtube - Jeff Peterson
Youtube - Jeff Playing Ukulele
Website - Jeff Peterson's Classical UKulele Book

Website - Willie K Passes at Age 59 (Star Advertiser Newspaper)
Youtube - Willie K Hawaii Music Supply
Youtube - Willie K and Steven Tyler
Youtube - Willie K, Karlie G, and Aldrine Covers Valerie
Uke Lesson - Valerie
Songs Made Easy - Valerie
Youtube - Willie K performs Jewish Hawaiian ukulele!
Youtube - Hale`iwa Hula with Karlie, Willie, and Aldrine
Youtube - Hale`iwa Hula with Amy Hanaiali`i

UU+ Forum - Live Lesson Songwriting Challenge Megathread
Ukulele Challenge - Attack on Titan
Youtube - Ukulelekenchan
Youtube - Kellen's Original Attack on Titan Video
Instagram - ukulele808ken
Youtube- Jake or Young Kid
Ukulele Challenge - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
UU Podcast – Interview with James Hill

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 Questions@ukuleleunderground.com
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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your guys are great. Yes I can see this. I went too far the other way. I am will do what you suggest. Also, should I not use a strap at all and use the forearm to hold the Uke? I need to understand also how to do what you told me to do and do rolls and mutes or chucks. I seem to lock everything in. Even the strap to my body. I will review your basic lessons about how to strum and hold the Uke. I don’t want to drop it. Is a strap from the neck better for me? You are guys are tops!

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