Branching Skill Trees, Calluses, and Feeling Rhythm

This Week, the podcast is filled with a variety of subjects. The guys start off by discussing how to define Skill Levels. Aldrine states the importance on not letting labels like Beginner or Intermediate define you. Aaron explains how learning music is more like Growing a Tree. Everyone needs a Foundational Base, but you can choose how to Branch Off. A member asks about Calluses which leads Aldrine to talk about what he's doing to keep his calluses, and new things he's been Practicing since lockdown. The same member asks about alternatives for tapping your foot to keep time. The team answers with a conversation about Feeling Rhythms in different ways, and using your whole body to Feel the Beat. Kahai plays his Anime Inspired Live Lesson opening song, and the podcast is finished with some book and string recommendations for Baritone Players.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Dripping in UU Merch

1:25 How do you define different skill levels?

10:30 Branching off the Skill Tree

15:40 Ukulele Points System and Music is Subjective

19:30 Are there any tips for calluses?

21:50 Practicing during lockdown

25:50 Alternatives to tapping your feet

29:10 Feeling Rhythm

41:50 Shipping Woes

44:35 Kahai's Song

50:55 What Books are good for learning chords on the Baritone?

54:05 High D for Baritone

References/Resources for this video:
Merch Store - Buy Your Own UU Shirt

Uke Lesson - Drop Baby Drop
Uke Lesson - Tropical Hawaiian Day
Youtube - Benny Chong
Youtube - James Hill
Improvement System - Essential Chords
Ukulele University - Ukulele 100
Ukulele 101 – Week 7: Chords, Chords, Chords

Ukulele University - Ukulele 102
Uke Minutes Course - Music Theory Concepts and Techniques
Ukulele University - Music Theory
Improvement System - Solo Secrets Revealed

Youtube - Abe Lagrimas Jr
TLL Podcast #15 – “Beginner” isn’t a Dirty Word
Live Lesson - 12/10/2015 Replay (The White Belt/Black Belt Analogy)
Live Lesson - 8/17/2017 Replay (More talk on continuous learning and growth)

Ukulele University - Ukulele 100 (Learn the foundations)
Ukulele University - Ukulele 101 (Learn the basics)
Ukulele University - Ukulele 102 (Branching Off)
Ukulele University - Blues Ukulele with Jason Arimoto
Ukulele University - Blues Ukulele
Live Seminar - Intro to Jazz Ukulele
Ukulele University - Hawaiian Ukulele
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue

Uke Lesson - Drop Baby Drop
Uke Lesson - Europa
Youtube - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
TLL Podcast #93 – Our Top 5 Uke Players
TLL Podcast #94 – Uke Teachers Tier List
Youtube - Jacob Collier deconstructs a Stevie Wonder classic

Improvement System - Practice Sessions
TLL Podcast #58 – DJ Rice Pudding’s Practice Tips (How Aldrine Practiced)
Instagram - aldrinemachine
UU+ Solos - Minuet in G
Youtube - John King

Youtube - Feel the Rhythm Feel the Rhyme
Youtube - Taiko Drumming
Article - Born to dance but beat deaf
Youtube - Adam Neely How to Improve Your Rhythm

Youtube - Ultimate Musician Test
Youtube - Rob Scallon
Uke Minutes - Tremolo
Ukulele 102 – Week 8: Bends, Tremolos, and Expression
TLL Podcast #20 – Tremolo: Taming a Wild Horse
Youtube - Rhythm Yardstick (Subdividing Rhythm)

UU+ Forum - Live Lesson Songwriting Megathread
TLL Podcast #113 – The Art of Theme Songs (Aaron and Aldrine's Songs)
TLL Podcast #111 – Open Tunings Open Minds (Setting the Challenge)

Youtube - Spongebob Anime
TLL Podcast #93 – Our Top 5 Uke Players (Anime Op Inspired Songs)
TLL Podcast #45 – Sweet and Sour Songs (More Anime Op Inspired Songs)

Live Seminar - Intro to Baritone
UU+ Solos - Malagueña (Baritone Ukulele Arrangement)
Amazon - Jumpin Jim's Ukulele Masters (Lyle Ritz)
TLL Podcast #105 – Musical Fingerprint (with Brad)
Lesson Marketplace - Ukulele Chord Shapes
Website - Ukulele Chord Shapes (Standard and Baritone Tuning)
Improvement System - Essential Chords Course 2 (Learn 7th and Major 7th Chords)

Website - Savarez Strings
Website - D'Addario Classical Guitar Strings
Website - Craig and Sarah's Signature Strings

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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  1. Thanks! This was quite inspiring. After reading Kahai’s response and listening to this podcast I feel content being somewhere in the beginner range 🙂
    I do notice improvement as I continue to practice, so I am just going to enjoy the journey.

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