Ukulele Defects & Figuring out the Key

You gotta WALK before you can RUN. Even though this seems logical, sometimes we all need a reminder to take things easy at first. It's a two question podcast this week. First, the guys give advice for how to respond when your ukulele has a problem. The meat and potatoes of this week's episode is answering the question, "How do you know the key of a song based off of just the chords?" The team explains how you can find the key by using chord families and the circle of fifths. They discuss why you want to learn the basics and play your ukulele (Walk) before you learn music theory (Run). The podcast ends with an unboxing of a new hot sauce, and taking a look at some of the mementos on the UU set.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Watch the Podcast Live to see Kahai's Panic

2:55 What do you do when you find a "Defect" on your ukulele? (sorry for the freezes)

8:15 Little Bumps and Scratches add " Character"

10:05 Most Builders or Brands would be happy to help

12:15 Weathered = Played

15:45 How do you know what the key is based off of the chords?

25:05 Using the Circle of Fifths to figure out the Key

29:35 Keep it Simple first (Walk)

32:40 Music comes first then Theory

34:55 Walk Before You Run

38:15 When did Aldrine first apply music theory?

44:10 Music is a Language

47:35 Listen to Music, and Focus on the Playing

50:40 English is Aldrine's 4th Language

54:00 Rob's New Hot Sauce

57:40 We might cover NAMM again

References/Resources for this video:
Website - OokTown Podcast
The K-Town Heroes Podcast - Episode 1: Waimea Town Celebration Y2K
TUUP#9 - Finding the FUN Element

Website - Kamaka
Website - Kanile`a
Website - KoAloha
TUUP#4 - Ice String Parlor (Cracked Ukulele Talk)

Website - Mim's Ukes
UU Podcast – Interview with Mim
Website - The Ukulele Site

UU+ Forums - Songwriting Challenge Megathread
UU+ Course - Music Theory
UU Course - Music Theory Concepts and Techniques
UU Course - Applied Music Theory

Uke Minutes - Chord Families
Music Theory – Week 7: Chord Families
Ukulele 102 – Week 4: Chord Families

Uke Minutes - Major Scales
Ukulele 102 – Week 3: Major and Minor Scales
Music Theory – Week 2: Major Scales
TUUP#7 - Taking OFF the Training Wheels (Aldrine figuring out Kahai's Song)
TLL Podcast #131 – Listening for the Tur”Key”
Uke Minutes - Relative Major Substitutions

Pdf Printout - Circle of Fifths & Chord Family
Youtube - How to Construct and Use Circle of Fifths Wheel
Music Theory – Week 10: Circle of Fifths
TLL Podcast #116 – Simon Circle of 5ths

Ukulele 102 – Week 6: Chord Inversions & Extensions
Music Theory – Week 6: Simple Chord Extensions
TLL Podcast #28 – Chord Substitutions: How Sweet the Sound
TLL Podcast #70 – Reharmonize My Life

Uke Lesson - Up On the Rood (I vi IV V Chord Progression)
TLL Podcast #50 – A Medley of Melodies (Our 1950's Songs)
Youtube - The Chord that Made Jimi Hendrix a Legend
Songs Made Easy - Sunday Morning

TLL Podcast #102 – When Less is More (with Kaniho)
Uke Lesson - I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Uke Lesson - Opihi Man
Aloha Friday - November 20, 2020 Jam Replay

UU+ Solos - Olinda Road
Ukulele 102 – Week 5: Harmony
Uke Minutes - Harmony
Uke Minutes - C & A String Harmony

Whiteboard Request – Island Style (Original Key)
Uke Lesson - Island Style (with John Cruz)
Whiteboard Request - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Uke Lesson - White Sandy Beach
Ukulele Challenge – Can Aldrine Teach 5 Random Strangers How to Play UKULELE?

Wikipedia - Tagalog
Wikipedia - Ilocano
Wikipedia - Bisayan
Wikipedia - Hawaiian Pidgin

Wikipedia - Lone Wolf and Cub
TLL Podcast #136 – Hot Changes Incoming (Rob's First Hot Sauce Package)
TUUP#3 - Revenge of the Hot Sauce (Aldrine's eats the hottest sauce)
TLL Podcast #132 – Electric Uke Divination (Maple Leaf Candy)
TUUP#2 - Melody, Chords, Which Came First? (Handmade UU Dolls)

Website - NAMM
Youtube - NAMM 2013: Taylor
TLL Podcast #81 – Catching Unicorns (Aldrine gets a Taylor Uke)
Website - Flight Ukulele
Youtube - Andrew Molina Demoing the Flight Electric Uke
Youtube - BEST of NAMM 2017
Website - Cling On Tuner

TLL Podcast #53 – Long Live Shadowstrum (With Kyle)
Aloha Friday - March 22, 2019 Jam Replay
Website - Otamatone
Website - Pixel Pals Ken

Live Seminar - Intro to Jazz with Craig and Sarah
Master Class - Bridging the Gap with Craig
Master Class - Bridging the Gap with Craig II
Website - Craig and Sarah

Uke Lesson - Leave the Door Open
Song Library - UU+ Solos

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