Abalone Inlays, Cleaning Ukes, Buying Your First Uke, and Karaoke

This Week's Podcast starts off with a very Impressive Student Review. The team also announce who won the "Ukulele Tattoo" contest from last week. A new Songwriting Challenge is set unusually early for the Live Lesson. The Guideline for the Challenge is easy, but the bonuses should make for some interesting song submissions. Talking about Key Modulations brings up the topic of what makes a Groovy Karaoke Song? A member asks the guys for their opinions on Abalone inlays and rosettes, and Aldrine gets to show off his fancy tuning pegs. Someone asks how to teach children to strum, so Aldrine shows how to play with groove instead of a strumming pattern. This leads the guys into sharing stories of when their parents inadvertently made them hate certain songs. When Aldrine explains his "Bridge Wood" Ukulele, a member asks what is the best way to remove smudges from the soundboard. The podcast ends with a discussion about buying your first ukulele, and some recommendations for online ukulele sellers.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Squeaky Start

1:20 Renee's Student Review: Add Inversions

7:55 Ukulele Tattoos Contest Winner

10:30 Songwriting Challenge #20
Open Challenge (Write in any key)

Optional Bonuses:
Modulate to Another Key
Folk Song about a Truck Stop Diner or Dinner
End of Summer Song

Big Bonus:
Make a Karaoke Track

Suggested Chord Progression:
Key of F: FMajor GMajor BbMajor (CMajor)
Key of C: CMajor DMajor FMajor (GMajor)

17:30 What makes a good Karaoke Song?

22:40 Is Blockbuster coming back?

24:05 What do you think about Abalone as a rosette or inlay?

29:30 Aldrine's Tuning Pegs

35:50 How do you teach strumming to Kids? (How to learn Groove)

41:20 How do you keep kid's interested in ukulele? (Parents making music lame)

46:05 Aldrine's "Bridge Wood" Ukulele

48:40 What is the best way to remove smudges from the soundboard? (Cleaning Ukes)

55:25 Are we going to do more Q+A Sessions?

57:15 Buying your first ukulele

1:04:20 Where to buy an ukulele online

References/Resources for this video:
UU+ Forum - Student Review
Youtube - Ain't no Rest for the Wicked
Ukulele 102 – Week 6: Chord Inversions & Extensions
Webcam Sessions – Figuring Out Chord Inversions
Uke Minutes - Added Octave Chord Inversions
Uke Minutes - The Box (Chord Inversion Exercise)
Website - Ultimate Guitar's Back in Black Contest (reneethome)

TLL Podcast #111 – Open Tunings Open Minds
Uke Minutes - Slack Key Tuning
Website - Tyde Music
Website - Blackbird Ukuleles
App Store - Acappella
Google Play - Acappella

TLL Podcast #117 – Matching UU Tattoos
TLL Podcast #88 – Who’s Your UU Santa? (Aldrine's Honu Song)
Website - AGxAQ new String Sets

UU+ Forum - Songwriting Challenge Megathread
TLL Podcast #113 – The Art of Theme Songs (Aaron and Aldrine's Theme Songs)
TLL Podcast #114 – Growing Your Skill Tree (Kahai's Theme Song)
TLL Podcast #109 – Vegas BBQ Pipikaula (Jingles)

TLL Podcast #116 – Simon Circle of 5ths
Printable Diagram - Circle of 5ths
Youtube - How to use the Circle of 5ths
Music Theory University Class - Circle of 5ths
Ukulele 102 - Chord Families
TLL Podcast #87 – Transposing Shortcuts

Website - Smodcast
Youtube - Love on Top
Youtube - Jacob Collier deconstructs a Stevie Wonder Classic
Youtube - Giant Steps
Youtube - The most feared song in Jazz, explained

Youtube - I Will Always Love You
Uke Lesson - Uptown Funk
Songs Made Easy - Just the Way You Are
Uke Lesson - Take on Me
Youtube - Saturday Night Fever (Staying Alive)
Youtube - She Drives Me Crazy
Youtube - We measured pop music's falsetto obsession

Twitter - Aldrine's Twitter
Twitter - Blockbuster's Twitter

Wikipedia - Tortoiseshell (Tortoloid)
Website - What is Ivoroid?
Website - Gilbert Tuners
Website - Gotoh Tuners
Website - Waverly Tuners (Stewmac)
Wikipedia - Rosewood
Wikipedia - Pāua (New Zealand Abalone)

Youtube - Kalei Gamiao
Youtube - Jake Shimabukuro
Youtube - Feng E
UU+ Solos - Senor Viktor (Aldrine's Originals)
UU+ Solos - The Heist
UU+ Solos - Cecilia
UU+ Solos - Dance with a Bandit
UU+ Solos - Senorita Roja
UU+ Solos - Bandito Tyler

Youtube - Killing Me Softly (The Fugees)
Youtube - Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack)
Youtube - Soul Bossa Nova (Austin Powers Theme)
Youtube - Goldmember Opening (with Quincy Jones)
Youtube - Tom Cruise as Austin Powers
Youtube - Sailing

Website - Bill Griffin
Website - Kanile`a Ukulele
UU Podcast – Interview with Tracey Terada
Youtube - Mailani feat. Dr. Trey

Website - D'Addario Lemon Oil
Website - Boogie Juice (Reverb)
Website - Dunlop Formula 65 Polish
Website - Dunlop Maintenance Products
Website - F-ONE Oil

Ask Aldrine - Can I Play Ukulele with STUBBY Fingers? (The First Q+A)
Uke Minutes - Buying an Ukulele
Live Seminar - Everything You Need to Know to Buy Your Next Uke Part 1
Live Seminar - Everything You Need to Know to Buy Your Next Uke Part 2

Website - aNueNue USA
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue
Instagram - anuenueusa
Website - Islander Ukuleles
Website - Hawaii Music Supply (The Ukulele Site)
Youtube - Hawaii Music Supply
Website - Mim's Ukes
UU Podcast – Interview with Mim of Mim’s Ukes
Youtube - Mim's Ukes

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