Songwriting, Melody Lines, Creative Process & Presents

This Week, the UU Team asks the "Real" Chicken or Egg question: Melody, Chords, Which Came First? And what is more important? The guys explain their individual songwriting processes, and their personal takes on what is more important: Melody or Chords. Aldrine uses his own songs as examples of how the process can start differently, but you should always go down the rabbit hole. Aaron gives an insightful quote, "Songwriting is an Exercise in Letting Go." And Kahai brings up why you shouldn't be so precious with your song ideas. A member asks what songs they can use to practice the Golpe, then the winner of the last Songwriting Challenge is picked. It's a second Christmas when the team unwraps a very thoughtful gift from the Baye family.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Robb's Podcast Intro

1:50 What comes first: Melody or Chords? Follow the Rabbit Hole

7:55 Melody Lines Preference

11:25 What is more important? Chords Preference

17:15 Aaron's Process (Songwriting is an Exercise in Letting Go)

19:05 Ideas don't need to be precious

25:45 Where you were raised can affect if you're melody or chord driven

30:40 What are good songs to practice percussive knocks? (Golpe)

37:40 Don't write off particular techniques

41:40 Songwriting Submissions and Winners

48:25 Chicken in a Barrel

50:00 Presents from the Bayes

References/Resources for this video:
Youtube - Yesterday
Website - How "Scrambled Eggs" Evolved into one of the Most Recorded Songs
Youtube - Chocolate Fontaines
UU+ Solos - Chocolate Fontaines
UU+ Solos - Bandito Tyler
TLL Podcast #33 – The Legend of Bandito Tyler
UU Merch Store - Bandito Tyler Physical CD

TLL Podcast #134 – Delightful Moon Beats (Example of Aaron's Songs)
TLL Podcast #80 – Peak Spicy Songs (Another Example)
Youtube - Voltes V
Youtube - Form Voltron
Youtube - Sailor Moon Transformation
Youtube - The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)

Youtube - Monster Hunter World Theme
Youtube - Monster Hunter Ambient BGM
Youtube - Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Adult Language)
Youtube - Seinfeld Theme
Youtube - Giant Steps
Youtube - THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM
Youtube - lofi hip hop to relax/study to

Youtube - Andrew Huang
Uke Lesson - All I Have to Offer You is Me (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Uke Lesson - Opihi Man (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Uke Lesson - Tropical Hawaiian Day (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Uke Lesson - I Hear Music (Ka`au Crater Boys)

TLL Podcast #70 – Reharmonize My Life
TLL Podcast #28 – Chord Substitutions: How Sweet the Sound
Youtube - Jacob Collier
Youtube - How to Modulate to G 1/2 Sharp (Jacob Collier-style)
Website - The women with superhuman vision

Uke Minutes - Golpe
Uke Minutes - Rest Strum Golpe
Uke Minutes - Advanced Golpe (with Craig Chee)
UU Course - Ukulele 101
UU Course - Ukulele 102

Uke Lesson - Island in the Sun
Uke Minute - Chunk
Ukulele 101 – Week 4: Right Hand Techniques (Chunk)
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue
Uke Lesson - Love Song
TLL Podcast #128 – Chuck VS Chunk!
Uke Lesson - Electric Boogie (with Cynthia Lin and Ukulenny)

Uke Minutes - How to Bend a Note
Uke Minutes - Note Bending Exercise
Ukulele 102 – Week 8: Bends, Tremolos, and Expression
Uke Lesson - Wonderful Tonight

TLL Podcast #137 – PRO Uke Player REACTS! (Setting the Songwriting Challenge)
TLL Podcast #138 – The Final Live Lesson (Our songs for the Challenge)
UU+ Forums - Songwriting Challenge Megathread
TLL Podcast #135 – New Year Recording Tips (Dealing with Recording Delay)

Website - Chicken in a Barrel
Website - Moon Pie
Website - What is Fofuchas? (Dolls)
TLL Podcast #136 – Hot Changes Incoming (Trying Hot Sauces)
TLL Podcast #80 – Peak Spicy Songs (Trying Really Hot Sauces)
Youtube - How This Guy Made the World's Hottest Peppers
Website - Voodoo Prince Death Mamba Sauce
Website - Reaper Squeezins Sauce

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