Strumming Variety, 6 String Ukes, and Helping Friends

This week, UU Challenges players to take off their "Training Wheels". The podcast kicks off with a question about switching ukuleles during practice sessions. Aldrine restates some advice from his mentor, Jake, and the guys explain the pros and cons of switching ukes. When a listener asks how they can add different strumming patterns to songs, Aldrine challenges them to play without strumming patterns at all. The team clarifies why Strumming Patterns are "Training Wheels" and why they stopped using them to teach. Another member asks how 6 string ukuleles are traditionally configured? Then it's take two for Songwriting Challenge #26. The podcast ends with the guys asking for some help for fellow ukulele players and friends.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Raindrops keep Fallin' on Our heads

3:20 Is it better to use the same ukulele during practice?

8:15 Switching Ukuleles makes you more adaptable

13:45 Adding Strumming Variety in a song (Give Up the Training Wheels)

25:10 How Strumming Patterns Started and why we Stopped Using Them

37:15 Throwback to OG UUers

39:45 How are 6 string ukuleles traditionally configured?

45:40 Songwriting Challenge #26 Redux
Write a Song in F
(F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm, Edim)

Write a song about “Spice”
Include what inspired your song
Include a F Augmented Chord

Suggested Chord Progression:
I vi IV V
F Dm Bb C

Member Submission Deadline: March 25th

49:35 "Aldrine's 2nd Try"

53:10 Aaron's "Spice" Song

57:55 Kahai's 2nd Try Song

1:01:50 Aldrine helps Kahai figure out what key his song is in

1:07:20 If you can, please donate to the Gamiao Family:
Go Fund Me Link

References/Resources for this video:
TUUP #6 - What is Your Vision? (ft. Andrew Molina)
Uke Minutes - Ukulele Sizes
Youtube - Aldrine, Jake, and Ryan (Aldrine playing his Applause)
The Ukulele Site - Kamaka HF-3
Musician's Friends - Applause Tenor Ukulele
Live Seminar - Intro to Baritone Ukulele
March Store - AGxAQ Strings

Uke Minutes - How to Figure out Strumming Patterns (Part 1)
Uke Minutes - How to Figure out Strumming Patterns (Part 2)
Ukulele 101 – Week 8: Rhythm Ear Training
Ukulele 101 – Week 9: Creating Strumming Patterns
Live Seminar - How to Strum Anything (Part 1)
Live Seminar - How to Strum Anything (Part 2)

Youtube - Wonderful Tonight
Uke Lesson - Wonderful Tonight
Songs Made Easy - Wonderful Tonight
TLL Podcast #41 – Ch-Ch-Changes (Why we stopped using Strumming Patterns)

UU Course - Tools to Build Strumming Patterns
Uke Minutes - The Roll
Ukulele 101 – Week 4: Right Hand Techniques (The Roll)
Uke Minutes - The Chunk
Ukulele 101 – Week 8: Rhythm Ear Training

Uke Minutes - Strumming Dynamics
TLL Podcast #110 – Dynamics Waltz
Uke Lesson - Island Style (with John Cruz)
UU Course - Aloha Friday Jam Archive
Youtube - Loud Phrases From the Quiet Type

Website - Roy Sakuma
Youtube - Ukulele Festival
Youtube - SF Uke Fest
Youtube - Groove is in the Heart
Youtube - Undies Awards Opener (Deach and RussBuss)
TLL Podcast #104 – Style Ingredients (with Seeso)

Ask Ukulele Underground - 6-String Ukulele vs. Guitalele
TLL Podcast #84 – More Strings, More Problems (6 String Talk)
Website - D'Addario 6 String Tenor Set
Ukulele 101 – Week 4: Right Hand Techniques (Fingerpicking)
UU Course - Soloing/Flatpicking Techniques
Youtube - Hotel California

UU+ Forum - Songwriting Challenge Megathread
TUUP #3 - Revenge of the Hot Sauce (Setting the Challenge)
TUUP #5 - The Ukulele Underground Podcast #5 (Aldrine and Kahai's first attempt)
Article - Spice Girls Reunion Tour
Website - Ableton (Kahai Digital Audio Workstation)
Youtube - What Key is Hey Joe in? (Adam Neely)

gofundme - Aloha for Gamiao's Ohana (Kalei's Family)
Master Class - Improving Your Playing (Kalei's Class)
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue (with Kalei, Corey and Allan)
Youtube - aNueNue USA (Kalei and Corey)
Website - The Ukulele Site
Youtube - Hawaii Music Supply
TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat!
Aloha Friday - Jam Replay from the 2020 UU Retreat

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. Taking off the training wheels is really what I need permission to do!! Thank you for getting into this topic! Aldrine, I the hat is awesome. Glad you are wearing style again. That look suits you. I appreciate all that the 3 of you contribute to each and every video. They are so informative, and helpful. The rapport/respect you have collectively resonates with me.

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