Changing Songs, Over Requested Songs, Sportz & Guitar Strings

Should you play different songs, or should you play the same song request again? These are the conundrums, the UU Team is tackling this week. It starts off with a questions from last week, "How often do you change your Set List?" Aldrine and Aaron share some examples of when they changed their Set List. Aldrine also explains why it's good to set audience expectation by cementing your songs. Another member asks what makes good opening songs? This leads a discussion on songs that are overly requested, and why they won't do them. After all this talk, the guys give the suggestion to play what you like and be true to yourself. Some tangents are taken on the way to a question about using Guitar Strings on an Ukulele. UU gives some cautionary advice on why you want to stick with ukulele strings. The podcast ends with an announcement on next week's guest, and what guest might be invited in the future.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 We'll get Mike Back, New Lesson, UU+ Solos

5:00 How often do you change your Set List?

8:30 Examples of changing Songs

12:20 Set List for big shows

15:05 Cement your songs

18:00 Set List Story

19:45 Be Yourself

21:25 Europa and Iron Mango

23:35 What makes good Opening Songs?

26:55 Over Requested Songs

31:00 Jack Johnson

32:00 We Like Sportz

34:00 Is putting a D Guitar String on an Ukulele Ok?

41:50 The Dangers of putting the wrong string on your uke

45:40 Why would a guitar string sound "boomier"?

48:55 Why music shops tend to sell Low G Ukuleles

51:30 Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel will be on the Next Week's Podcast

58:15 Past and Future Guest

References/Resources for this video:
Uke Lesson - Blue Darling/I'll Be Leaving
Song Library - UU+ Solos
UU+ Solos - Beautiful Kauai
UU+ Solos - Everyday
UU+ Solos - Vincent

TUUP #21 - Join the Club!
Uke Lesson - Europa
UU+ Solos - Bodysurfing
UU+ Solos - Bandito Tyler
UU+ Solos - Senor Viktor

Aloha Friday - Christmas Concert Replay (Purple Rain and Europa)
Uke Lesson - Bennie and the Jets
Aloha Friday - June 18, 2021 Jam Replay (The Way)
Uke Lesson - Amber (311)
Youtube - Beautiful Disaster (311)

Website - Ukulele Festival of Hawaii
Website - SF Uke Fest

Youtube - Europa (Santana)
Youtube - Europa (Pure Heart)
Youtube - Europa (Kris Fuchigami)
Youtube - Iron Mango
TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat! (Talking to Kalei about Iron Mango)

Uke Lesson - How Can I Get Over
Uke Lesson - Under the Boardwalk
Uke Lesson - Under the Bridge
Youtube - Snow (Red Hot Chili Pepper)
Whiteboard Request - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Youtube - The Middle

Uke Lesson - Get Up Stand Up (with Ola)
Youtube - Somewhere Over the Rainbow (IZ)
Uke Lesson - Rodeo Clowns
Youtube - Upside Down
Youtube - Bubble Toes
Uke Lesson - Banana Pancakes
Uke Lesson - Breakdown

Youtube - Babe Ruth
Website - Tampa Bay Won Another Stanley Cup
Youtube - We Like Sportz
Youtube - Roger Federer Exits Centre Court

Youtube - Low G vs High G (Wound Vs. Unwound)
TUUP #21 - Join the Club! (low G Alternatives)
TUUP #21 - Balanced, as all things should be
TUUP #4 - Ice String Parlor (String Talk)

Website - D'Addario Pro-Arté
Website - PhD Strings
Website - Living Water Strings
Website - Worth Strings
Merch Store - AGxAQ (Aldrine's String)

TLL Podcast #127 – Low High Afternoon Sky (Taylor Ukulele)
TLL Podcast #2 – The Vintage Ukulele Episode
Uke Minutes - Types of Strings

Website - Ko`olau Ukulele
Website - KoAloha Ukulele
Website - Kanile`a Ukulele
Uke Minutes - Slack Key Tuning
TLL Podcast #111 – Open Tunings Open Minds

TUUP#20 - Balanced, as all things should be (Songwriting Challenge #29)
UU+ Forum - Songwriting Challenge Megathread
TUUP #6 - What is Your Vision? (ft. Andrew Molina)
TUUP #13 - Who’s that Jakémon? (ft. Jake Shimabukuro)
TUUP #17 - Be in the Moment (Mike Returns)
TUUP #18 - Ukulele Ronin (ft. Mark and Danyo)

Youtube - Craig and Sarah
Live Seminar - Intro to Jazz Ukulele (with Craig and Sarah)
Master Class - Bridging the Gap (with Craig)
Master Class - Bridging the Gap II
Duos - Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee
UU+ Forum - Leave Questions for Craig and Sarah

TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat! (Kalei)
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue (Kalei and Corey)
Ukulele Challenge - JAKE or Young KID?? (Kalei and Abe)
Youtube - HiSessions Podcast (with Aldrine)

UU Podcast – Interview with Jon Yamasato
UU Podcast – Interview with Danielle ate the Sandwich
UU Podcast – Interview with Dr. Trey
UU Podcast – Interview with Mike Hind
UU Podcast - Interview with Taimane Gardner
UU Podcast – Interview with James Hill
UU Podcast - Interview with Jody Kamisato
UU Podcast – Interview with Mim of Mim’s Ukes

Youtube - Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Youtube - Taimane
Youtube - Mike Hind
Youtube - Dead Man's Uke

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. I missed this on Thursday, so glad I caught it this morning! I appreciate your taking time to talk about set lists. I have been making mixed tapes/cds/playlists since I was in 7th grade, so my setlist is really important to me! I know I should focus on easier songs, to build my confidence and performing chops, but I want to play what I love, not just what I am capable of.
    peace and love!

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