Straps, TikToks, Tanky Ukuleles, Surprise Song Meanings

Do Straps Make the Player, or does the Player Make the Straps? A student review leads the UU team to question how important is a strap, and how much support should you be getting from the strap? The guys also offer fundamental advice on how you should hold your ukulele to optimize support. This leads to a trip down memory lane when most ukuleles didn't have strap pegs, and playing an ukulele/pick up combo that was great for stage, but impossible to play without a strap. A UU member asks how many ukuleles Aldrine plays for a show, and another member asks why Aldrine wrote a song about Playing Cards. A special guest is announced for next week's podcast, and an extension is placed on the Songwriting Challenge.

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Questions Asked this Week:
1:50 Next Week's Guest: Kalei Gamiao

3:55 Can we get TikTok questions, if we don't have a TikTok?

7:15 Will's Student Review: Supporting Your Ukulele without a Strap

25:45 No Strap Pegs and the Ovation Applause

37:10 How many ukuleles do you use for shows?

47:15 Why did Aldrine write a song about chocolate playing cards? (Surprise Song Meanings)

55:10 Songwriting Challenge Due Date Postponed 1 Week
UU Team Due Date: June 11th
UU Members Due Date: June 18th

Songwriting Challenge #18
Key of D

Optional Bonuses:

57:10 Going back to work

References/resources for this video:

TLL Podcast #105 – Musical Fingerprint (Ft. Brad Bordessa)
TLL Podcast #104 – Style Ingredients (Ft. Seeso)
TLL Podcast #103 – Swimming with Jazz Sharks (Ft. Mike)
TLL Podcast #102 – When Less is More (Ft. Kaniho)
TLL Podcast #100 – Favorite Memories (Ft. Mike)

TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat! (Ft. Kalei)
Aloha Friday Jam - 2020 UU Retreat (with Kalei and Joe Souza)
Ukulele Challenge - JAKE or Young KID?? (With Kalei and Abe Lagrimas Jr.)
Master Class - Kalei Gamiao

Facebook - Ukulele Underground
Instagram - Ukeunderground
Twitter - Ukeunderground
TikTok - Should We Set up a TickTock?

UU+ Forum - Will's Student Review
TLL Podcast #106 – As Easy As Whistling
UU Course - Ukulele 100
Youtube - Surf (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Aloha Friday - March 13, 2020 Jam Replay (Watch Aldrine play Surf)
Youtube - How to Hold Your Ukulele (Aaron's Video)

Youtube - Aldrine playing Little Wing without a Strap
TLL Podcast #31 – The First Dollar (More Strap Talk)
TLL Podcast #22 – Is it Really a Uke? (How a Strap Button Works)
TLL Podcast #21 – The Book of Jake (Pros and Cons of Straps)

TLL Podcast #15 – “Beginner” isn’t a Dirty Word
UU 100 - First Lesson
Youtube - UU 100 First Lesson
Youtube - How to Hold Your Ukulele (Aaron's Video)

Youtube - Dragon (Jake playing without a Strap)
Website - Jake's Strap
Youtube - Aldrine playing an Ovation Applause
Musician's Friend - Applause UAE148
Musician's Friend - OP-24+

Reverb - Fishman Natural 1
Master Class - Imua Garza
Youtube - Imua Garza
Youtube - Opihi Pickers
Website - Godin
Website - Kanile`a Ukulele
Uke Lesson - Last Christmas (Mckenna plays a Godin)

Website - Magic Fluke Ukulele
Website - Applause Guitars
Website - Takamine Guitars
Youtube - Pure Heart (Jon Yamasato Playing Takamine)
Website - Jasmine Guitars
Website - Makala Ukuleles

Website - Aldrine's Signature Ukulele
The Ukulele Site - Kamaka Ohta San Concert Ukulele
Youtube - Jake recording with a Baritone
Youtube - Jake's Baritone cover of Hi`ilawe
Youtube - Victoria Vox
Guitar Center - Fishman 2 Channels Amps
Youtube - Abe playing drums

Aloha Friday - April 3, 2020 Jam Replay (Aldrine plays Chocolate Fontaines)
Website - Chocolate Fontaines
Youtube - Kit Kat Commercial
Youtube - Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
Youtube - Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
Youtube - Isn't She Lovely
Youtube - Boondoggle Goggles (Abe Lagrimas Jr.)
Youtube - Boondoggle Keychains (Napolean Dynamite)
Youtube - Starship Lumpia (Abe Lagrimas Jr.)

Youtube - Your Body is a Wonderland
Youtube - Mandy Moore explains Babies on my Feet
Youtube - Babies on my Feet
Youtube - CMJ
Wikipedia - Mary Jane Shoes
Wikipedia - Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man)
Youtube - Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

TLL Podcast #106 – As Easy As Whistling
UU+ Forum - Live Lesson Songwriting Challenge Megathread

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

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

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Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
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  1. You guys are outstanding. Very kind and considerate. You see small details that are hard to decipher. It is getting better. I really enjoy your friendship, the world is begging for it. I like the venue. It feels like we could step out of where you are and walk around Kauai.

    One day, one day, I will appear. Ha…


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