Strumming Emphasis, Easy Skanking, and the E chord

This Week's Podcast starts off with a Public Apology from Aldrine. Mistakes were made in one of the previous Live Lessons, and Aldrine now knows the difference between a Major9 and an Add9 Chord. With that weight off his chest, Aldrine demonstrates and explains the reggae strum. He also introduces the term, Skank, and the whole UU Team explains why it helps to feel the "Skank" or "Groove" of the song. A student review leads the guys to reveal their Beatles Hot Take. A member asks about how you might emphasize strumming differently for low and high G ukes? This starts a tangent on why people own so many different instruments. The podcast ends with the boys offering some suggestions for the E/Barre Chords, and Aldrine giving some sage advice, "Just hold it down."

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 The Lost Aaron and Kahai Sleepover Slumber Party

1:20 Aldrine's Public Apology: The Real Difference between 9 and add9

4:30 Can you demonstrate the Reggae Strum again?

11:55 Get Up Stand Up and Oloman

16:10 Learning through Playing and Feeling. Swing and Groove

20:20 Wesley's Student Review: Twist Your Wrist

24:25 Our Beatle's Hot Take

26:55 Playing efficiently and having fun

29:00 Strumming Emphasis on a High G vs Low G

33:45 Don't worry about accuracy, just keep playing

35:40 Low vs High: Apples vs Oranges (Different Instruments for Different Styles/Songs)

45:05 Song Writing Extension and Prize
Songwriting Challenge #23

Write a song for "Thankful Jive Turkey". Incorporate it as Lyrics or use it as inspiration. You can use any combination of words.

Also include a reference to Lilikoi
Funk or Reggie (Reggae)
Include a minor 4th chord

UU Team Due Date: November 19th
UU Members Due Date: December 3rd

49:45 How long did it take your finger to adjust for barre chords? (E Chord Tips)

54:50 Barre Chord Tips

1:00:20 You don't need to master chords before you play songs (Holding some Chords Takes Time)

1:03:00 Just Hold It, Our Regular Schedule is Back (More Private Lessons)

1:05:05 New UU+ Solo on Sunday and Aldrine will be on the Ukulele Friends Podcast next Thursday

References/Resources for this video:
TLL Podcast #129 – Song Practice Routine
Wikipedia - Ninth Chords (Major 9 and Add9)
Uke Minutes - Add9 Chords

TLL Podcast #126 – The Tale of 4 Grips
Aloha Friday - October 30, 2020 Spooky Jam Replay (Three Little Birds)
Uke Minutes - Pinky Mute
Uke Minutes - Left Hand Mute
Ukulele 102 – Week 7: Mutes & Parallel Octaves
Song Library - Reggae Songs

Uke Lesson - Get Up Stand Up
Wikipedia - Skank
Youtube - Easy Skanking
Uke Minutes - Advanced Reggae Strumming
Uke Minutes - Advanced Reggae Strumming 2
Ukulele 101 (2010) - Week 9: Reggae Strums

Youtube - Get Up Stand Up (Burnin' Version in Cm)
Youtube - Get Up Stand Up (Live Version in Bm)
TLL Podcast #102 – When Less is More (with Kaniho)
Uke Lesson - Under the Boardwalk (Featuring Kaniho)
Uke Lesson - Faith (Featuring Kaniho)
Itunes - Revival
Article - Revival is Making it's Mark on it's Mainland Tour

Wikipedia - Swing Music
Youtube - Sunday Manoa
Youtube - The Brothers Cazimero
Wikipedia - Rock and Roll

Youtube - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
UU Course - Ukulele 100 (Learn to strum by twisting your wrist)
Youtube - Wonderful Christmastime
Youtube - Hello, Goodbye
Youtube - Happy Xmas (Yo-Yo Ma & Jake)
Youtube - Wes Montgomery

UU+ Solos - Guava Jam
Uke Lesson - Schizophrenic Snowflakes
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue
TLL Podcast #127 – Low High Afternoon Sky (Aldrine's Low G Song)

TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat! (What is UAS)
Article - Guitars with Built in Effects
Wikipedia - Beck (Anime)
Youtube - Playing the First Solid Body Electric Guitar
Wikipedia - Les Paul
Wikipedia - Telecaster (The First Fender Solid Body Guitars were Broadcasters)

UU+ Forum - Songwriting Challenge Megathread(Submit Songs Here)
Website - Liko Lehua (Liliko`i Butter Aldrine uses)
Amazon - Liko Lehua Butter
Website - Aunty Liliko`i (Local Kauai Liliko`i Products)
Amazon - Aunty Liliko`i Butter
Website - Puka Dog

Uke Minutes - How to Hold the E Chord
Essential Chords - Lesson 7 (E and C#m)
Aloha Friday - August 14, 2020 Jam Replay (Alternative ways to hold the E Chord)
Songs Made Easy – Waiting in Vain (How to Play Barre Chords)
TLL Podcast #128 – Chuck VS Chunk! (Don't throw away your tools)

Song Library - UU+ Solos
Facebook - Ukulele Friends Hawaii
TLL Podcast #121 – Frustration Practice (Spider-Man Talk)
TLL Podcast #113 – The Art of Theme Songs (Nicktoons Talk)
Reverb - Beck Telecaster
Aloha Friday - October 30, 2020 Spooky Jam Replay (Featuring Miles Morales)

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. Hi: I can’t find Wesley’s student review in the UU “student review” forum. Is it posted somewhere else? Thank you!

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