Non-Diatonic Soloing, Surprise Chord Substitutions, & Emotional Resonance

"Be in the Moment," Magic Mike delivers these words of wisdom and more on this week's podcast. We start off the podcast by catching up with Mike, finding out where he works now, and who are some people he's played with. A UU member asks for help figuring out the key of her original song. The answer isn't quite that simple, but Mike gives his best guess, and makes suggestions for how she can solo during it. The Team discuss other examples of songs without straightforward keys, and Aldrine demonstrates the suggestions Mike gave for soloing. Another member asks Mike if you should let your bass player know beforehand when you are going to use chord substitutions? Mike recounts his own experience of playing with "Wacky" musicians, and why you want to be in the moment in case of surprise chord changes. One of musicology's greatest questions is inquired, "Are you culturally conditioned to feel certain emotions when you hear certain music, or is there something in the sound itself?" Mike gives examples of music from around the world that isn't so easily defined by emotions. Aldrine tries to stump Mike by asking about one of Jake's chordal choices. The guys prolong Kahai's day by listing musicians Mike has played or worked with before.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Aaron in view & The Return of Mike

1:40 Where does Mike work? (Target is coming to Kauai)

4:35 Mike has played with Ambrosia (David Pack Stories)

7:25 Can Mike figure out the Key of Kathy's Song?

11:30 Play the Scales to the Chords

15:40 What Scale is the Safest to Solo? (Songs in Different Keys)

21:50 Soloing over Non-Diatonic Songs (Moment to Moment Soloing)

29:35 When you use Chord Substitutions, do you tell your bandmates beforehand?

38:35 When is it ok to use surprise chords substitutions? (Be in the Moment)

43:50 Where do the Scale Names come from?

44:35 Are you culturally conditioned to feel music a certain way?

48:50 Music doesn't need to reflect simple emotions

50:15 Me and Shirley T's Weird Chord (Phantom Effects)

55:30 Mike played with IZ. Who does he want to play with next?

References/Resources for this video:
TUUP #6 - What is Your Vision? (ft. Andrew Molina)
TUUP #13 - Who’s that Jakémon? (ft. Jake Shimabukuro)
Website - Scotty's Music
TLL Podcast #121 – Frustration Practice (Last Time Mike was on the Podcast)
Youtube - Ambrosia

Wikipedia - David Pack
TUUP #3 - Revenge of the Hot Sauce (Eating the Hottest Sauce)
TLL Podcast #56 – Chicken Wings and Thwip Thwip Swing (Hot Chicken with Mike)
TLL Podcast #80 – Peak Spicy Songs (with Mike)

Youtube - How Much Music Theory did The Beatles Know?
Uke Minutes - Suspended Chords

Uke Minutes - Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Minor Scales and Chords
Ukulele 102 – Week 3: Major and Minor Scales
Music Theory – Week 2: Major Scales
Music Theory – Week 3: Minor Scales

UU+ Solos - Ode to Joy
UU+ Solos - Fur Elise
UU+ Solos - A little Night Music
Youtube - Amadeus Scene
Song Library - Classical Songs

Printable Pdf - All Notes and Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Chromatic Scales
Youtube - Hotel California

Youtube - Hawaii 78
Youtube - Sweet Child O' Mine
Youtube - Home in the Islands

Youtube - Hey Joe
Youtube - What Key is Hey Joe in? (Adam Neely)
Youtube - Sir Duke
Youtube - Jacob Collier Deconstructs Sir Duke

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

Youtube - Abe Lagrimas Jr.
Youtube - Benny Chong
TLL Podcast #38 – The Devil’s Chord (Tritones with Mike)
Youtube - Tritone Substitutions
Uke Minutes - Relative Major Substitutions

TUUP #16 - “Wrong” Notes, but it Feels so Right
Aloha Friday - May 28, 2021 Jam Replay (Last Week's Curveballs)
Youtube - Hank Curtis
TLL Podcast #103 – Swimming with Jazz Sharks (Playing with Jazz Musicians)
TLL Podcast #6 – Open Your Ears and Listen (Key Centers with Mike)

Wikipedia - Modes (Scale Names)
Live Seminar - Matching Chords and Scale Positions (with Neal Chin)

Youtube - Muscogee Creek Festival
Youtube - Balkan Music
Youtube - Turkish March
Youtube - Levan Polka
Youtube - Mixing Jazz and J-Pop (Adam Neely)
Youtube - Monster Hunter Music

Youtube - Jacob Collier Plays the Same Song in Complex Emotions
Uke Minutes - Diminished Chords
Uke Minutes - Augmented Chords
Music Theory – Week 8: Diminished and Augmented Chords

TLL Podcast #6 – Open Your Ears and Listen (Connecting Ipus to Jazz)
TLL Podcast #10 – Learn to Enjoy Learning Your Instrument (Connect Seats to Practice)
TLL Podcast #100 – Favorite Memories (Connecting P-Bass to Ipu)
Youtube - Me and Shirley T (Album Version)
Youtube - Me and Shirley T (Live with Weird Chord)
Uke Minutes - Movable 7th Chords
Uke Minutes - Movable Major 7th Chords

Uke Lesson - Henehene Kou `Aka
Whiteboard Request - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Youtube - Margarita
Uke Lesson - Danny's Song
Live Seminar - Intro to Jazz (with Craig and Sarah)
Master Class - Bridging the Gap (with Craig)
Master Class - Bridging the Gap II (with Craig)
Youtube - Benny & Dr. Byron
Website - The `Ukulele Music Reader (Byron's Book)
Youtube - Loren Bouchard (Creator of Bob's Burgers)
Whiteboard Request - Bob's Burgers Theme
Youtube - Jeffrey Steele
Youtube - Ben Moody
Youtube - Rooney (Robert Schwartzman)
Youtube - Butch Walker
Youtube - Lisa Loeb
Uke Lesson - Island Style (with John Cruz and Mike)
Youtube - Raiatea
UU+ Solos - Beautiful Kauai
Youtube - Dweezil Zappa

Youtube - Play Alongs Channel
Instagram - ukeunderground

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