Supporting Sopranos, Knowing Scales & Playing from Imagination

This week the team discuss Fundamentals that are often overlooked, but necessary. The podcast is jumpstarted with a reminder of the Songwriting Challenge, and an announcement of a future guest. Aldrine tackles last week's cliffhanger question with an example of Kalei adapting to a double course ukulele. We get to the meat of the podcast when a member asks how to hold the Soprano? Holding your Ukulele Fundamentals are reviewed, and UU restates the importance of having a good foundation. Someone asks for fun ways to know your scales better, and the team explains the practical applications for knowing your scales. For the last question, another member asks how to approach learning a song. UU brings up another foundational skill of listening and imagining what a song sounds like. The podcast concludes with news of upcoming events, and a reminder of the ukulele giveaway.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Please Excuse the Ricola ASMR

1:50 Songwriting Challenge #30 and Special Guest: Joe Souza
Write an Intro Theme Song

Bonuses (Optional Prompts):
90’s TV Show Intro
Key of D

Chord Prompts:
I V vi IV
D A Bm G


UU Team Deadline: September 16
Members Deadline: September 23

11:00 Are there techniques specific for double course ukulele?

18:30 Using the Right Tool for the Job

20:30 How do you hold the Soprano?

24:20 How do you hold the Soprano while Standing?

27:45 Ukulele Holding Fundamentals

32:15 How do you keep from strangling the neck of your uke? (Don't force it)

35:15 Good Fundamentals leads to better playing (Time doesn't equal proficiency)

40:05 What are ways to get to "Know" your scales better?

44:30 What the practical use of "Knowing" your scales?

48:30 Getting off the Scale Track, Throwing Improv Hooks

54:30 How do you approach learning a song?

1:02:40 Listening and Imagine what songs sound like

1:06:50 Hunt and Pecking Melodies

1:12:20 Upcoming Events, SC Deadline, UU+ Giveaway

References/Resources for this video:
TUUP #29 - Meeting Our Heroes (Setting Challenge #30)
UU+ Forums - Songwriting Challenge Megathread

Website - Kanile`a Ukulele
Website - About Kristen and Joe
Aloha Friday - Jam Replay from the 2020 UU Retreat (with Joe & )

TUUP #18 - Ukulele Ronin (Aldrine introducing his Uke)
TUUP #19 - Open Up, It’s Your New Uke! (Aldrine's new Uke's Qualities)
TUUP #13 - Who’s that Jakémon? (ft. Jake Shimabukuro)
TUUP #24 - Favorite Duet (ft. Craig and Sarah)
Website - Saving Hawai`i's Forests

TUUP #30 - To Strap or Not to Strap?
UU Blog - 6 String Ukulele vs. Guitalele
Uke Lesson - Faith (With Kaniho & Ka`ili)
Youtube - Kiss from a Rose (Kalei Gamiao)
TLL Podcast #92 – Live from the UU Retreat! (with Kalei)
UU Podcast - Interview with Taimane Gardner (Taimane explains her Double G String)
Youtube - Christopher Cross

Youtube - Ohta-san
Ukulele 100 - Lesson 1 (Proper Form)
UU+ Solos - Tequilq
Youtube - How to Hold Your Ukulele (Aaron's Video)
Uke Minutes - How to Hold Your Ukulele

Youtube - Andy Mckee
Uke Lesson - Island Style (John Cruz playing in Bb)
Whiteboard Request - Island Style (in C)

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
Uke Minutes - Left Hand Major Scale Exercises
Uke Minutes - Left Hand Minor Scale Exercises

Live Seminar - Matching Chord and Scale Positions with Neal Chin (Modes)
Improvement Systems - Solo Secrets Revealed (Modes)
Uke Lesson - Europa
Uke Lesson - Wonderful Tonight (Aldrine's Tone Example)

Ukulele 102 – Week 10: Improvising
Uke Minutes - Harmony
Uke Minutes - C & A String Harmony
Ukulele 102 – Week 5: Harmony
TLL Podcast #103 – Swimming with Jazz Sharks (Cutting Heads Stories)
Instagram - ukeunderground (Breezin Jam with Kalei & Abe)
Youtube - Willie K performs Jewish Hawaiian ukulele!
Youtube - Try Again

Youtube - Titanium (Brittni Paiva)
TLL Podcast #6 – Open Your Ears and Listen (Key Centers with Mike)
TLL Podcast #131 – Listening for the Tur”Key”
Ukulele 102 – Week 4: Chord Families
Music Theory – Week 7: Chord Families
Ukulele 102 – Week 6: Chord Inversions & Extensions
Uke Lesson - Hotel California (with Kauai Kollab)

Youtube - Audiation: Play What you Hear
Website - Imagine a dog. Got it? I don’t (Aphantasia Article)
Youtube - Draw a Bicycle from Memory
Youtube - Old Man Yells at Clouds
UU+ Solos - TNC

UU - September UU+ Giveaway (Official Rules)
Website - Kanile`a K-1 Ukulele
UU - UU+ Monthly Subscription Sign Up (2 Week Free Trial)

Song Library - UU+ Solos
UU+ Solos – Pallet Town
UU+ Solos – Beautiful Kauai
UU+ Solos – Maile Lei for Your Hair
UU+ Solos – Everyday

Lesson Library - UU University
Lesson Library - Improvement Systems
Improvement System - Practice Sessions
Improvement System - Mastering Your Fretboard
UU+ Forums - Open Mics

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Aloha Friday Jam Replays

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