Offset Sound Holes, Canadian Folk, and Your Musical Fingerprint with Brad Bordessa

This week we're joined by another UU "O.G.", Brad Bordessa. Brad is a uke teacher from Big Island. He learned from some local legends and now he's passing on what he's learned through his site, Live Ukulele. For the Live Lesson, Brad helps us with some questions about holding the B7, the importance of fingernails, getting that "Canadian Folk" sound, and staying calm while playing. We also talk about today's ukulele landscape, Brad's Ukulele, and how Brad records his music. Brad finishes the lesson with a tidbit about your Musical Fingerprint, and focusing on your sound.

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Questions Asked this Week:
1:00 Intro to Brad

5:20 What do you think about today's Ukulele Landscape?

10:00 Trouble with holding the B7 chord

17:10 Who made Brad's Ukulele?

19:30 Does an offset sound hole/sound port make a difference?

20:25 How Does Brad Mic and Record his ukulele?

20:35 Where has Brad played music?

24:10 How important are fingernails?

31:40 How do I get that Canadian Folky Sound?

42:05 How do you stay calm when playing along?

51:30 Musical Fingerprint: Sound Like You

References/resources for this video:

Website - Live Ukulele (Brad's Site)
Youtube - George Kahumoku Jr
Youtube - Herb Ohta Jr.
Youtube - James Hill

Website - Maui Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop
Website - Hawaii Island Ukulele Retreat
Website - Brad's Ebooks
Lesson Marketplace - Brad's Ukulele Chord Shapes Books
Youtube - Does Your Uke Need a Chill Pill?
Website - Nahenahe Definition

Youtube - Sonny Lim
Youtube - Dennis Kamakahi
Website - Ukuleledisco

Uke Minutes - Movable 7th Chord Shapes
Blues University - Week 3: 7th Chords, and 12 Bar Blues
Essential Chords 2 - Lesson 7 (B7 and Emaj7)
Uke Minutes - How to Hold Multiple Strings with one Finger
Uke Minutes - How to hold the E chord

Website - Moore Bettah Ukuleles
Youtube - Brad's Ukuleles
Website - L.R. Baggs Five.O Pickup

Bandcamp - If Only (Brad's latest album)
Youtube - Corners (From If Only)
Website - Neumann KM 184
Website - What is a Piezo Pickup?

Youtube - Neal Chin
Live Seminar - Ukulele Chords and Scale Positions (Neal Chin)
Live Seminar - How to Make a Song BIG (Neal Chin)

TLL Podcast #100 – Favorite Memories (Nail Talk)
TLL Podcast #97 – The Show Must Go On! (Split Nail)
TLL Podcast #94 – Uke Teachers Tier List (More Nail Talk)
Webcam Sessions – Pitch Perfect Nails
Uke Minute - How to Roll
Ukulele 101 – Week 4: Right Hand Techniques (The Roll)
Website - Alaska Pik

Youtube - Imua Garza
Master Class - Imua Garza
Youtube - Abe Lagrimas Jr

UU Podcast - Interview with James Hill (James Explains Canadian Tuning)
Website - James Hill's Classes
Ukulele 102 – Week 6: Chord Inversions & Extensions
Uke Minutes - Pluck Strum with Jake Shimabukuro
Youtube - Little Wing (From James' A Flying Leap Album)
Youtube - Little Wing (With James, Mike Powers and Brittni Paiva)
Uke Lesson - Little Wing
Youtube - Crossroads Guitar Battle
Youtube - Ry Cooder
Master Class - Blues with Jason Arimoto
Lesson Marketplace - Jason's Full Blues Class (Slide Ukulele)

Youtube - Cheese Rolling (What Pete Feels Like)
Aloha Friday Jam - Archive
Uke Lesson - Drop baby Drop
Ukulele 100 - Lesson 1 (Using a Shaker or Pill Bottle)
TLL Podcast #15 – “Beginner” isn’t a Dirty Word

Website - Tone: It's in the Fingers (Brad's Article)
Youtube - Ledward Kaapana
Website - Makala Ukulele

Website - Live Ukulele
Website - Brad's Ebooks
Lesson Marketplace - Brad's Ukulele Chord Shapes Books
Bandcamp - Brad Bordessa
Youtube - Brad Bordessa

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