Pickup Brands, Multi Tremolos, Conquering the Fretboard, and the Songwriting Challenge


When should a player start to learn Theory? After the last divisive podcast, this week the team tries to remind everyone that they're offering OPINIONS (usually) more than facts. This Week's OPINION is that you should wait before really getting into Music Theory. The guys explain why they think this way and how you can start to investigate Music Theory. Other topics discussed are pickup brands, tremolo-ing on 2 strings, learning the fretboard, and who comes up with the Play Along Song Arrangements. UU also reveals their songs for the latest Songwriting Challenge along with announcing the upcoming Stream Schedule for the Holidays.

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Questions Asked this Week:
0:12 We had some rebuttals from the last podcast

5:25 What Pickup Brand Do you Use?

7:10 Other Pickup Brands

10:05 Is the Ukulele a better Shovel than the Guitar?

12:10 Simultaneous Tremolo Technique (Hitting Multiple Strings with a Tremolo)

15:35 Tremolo on 2 distant strings

16:50 Guitar Vs Ukulele String Spacing

17:55 Advice for Mastering Your Fretboard

20:10 Note Intimidation

26:40 Low G or High G?

28:45 Who arranged the Wahine Ilikea Play Along

30:20 Play Along Song Arrangements

33:15 When should someone learn music theory?

37:05 Learn to play first

40:45 How should you start learning theory?

42:10 Songwriting Challenge #34
Guideline:
Write about Blue Moon All Stars

Bonuses:
Hawaiian Style
Key of Bb
Write a Love Song for your Uke

Member Due Date: December 9th

43:40 Aldrine's Song

52:10 Kahai's Song

57:50 Aaron's Song (ft. Aldrine)

1:03:00 No Aloha Friday next week, Song Challenges Due December 9th

1:07:15 Can you leave your fingers down as you play a scale?

References/Resources for this video:
TUUP #62 - Ukulele ≠ Guitar
Ultimate Beginner DVD - How to Use a Tuner
Ukulele 101 – Week 1: Intro to Ukulele
UU Podcast – Interview with James Hill (Canadian Tuning)

Website - Artec Pickups
Website - Venue DI
TUUP #41 - Looping Back to Pickups
Uke Minutes - How to Install a Pickup

Website - Fishman Pickups
Website - LR Baggs Pickup
Youtube - Brittni Paiva
Master Class - Imua Garza
Youtube - Bryan Tolentino
Website - K&K Pickup

TUUP #61 - Improve Your Work-String Balance
TUUP #20 - Balanced, as all things should be

Website - Ovation Guitars
Youtube - Shovel Guitar

Wikipedia - Balalaika
Uke Minutes - Tremolo
Ukulele 102 – Week 8: Bends, Tremolos, and Expression
TUUP #57 - DO A TREMOLO!
TLL #20 - Tremolo: Taming a Wild Horse
Youtube - Heartbeat
Imua Garza - The Running Man

Ukulele 102 – Week 7: Mutes & Parallel Octaves
Ukulele 102 – Week 5: Harmony
UU Blog - Ultra Wide Ukuleles

Improvement System - Mastering Your Fretboard
UU Shop - Mastering Your Fretboard
Improvement System - Essential Chords Course
UU Shop - Essential Chords Course
Ukulele 102 – Week 3: Major and Minor Scales
Uke Minutes - Major Scales
Uke Minutes - Minor Scales and Chords
Improvement System - Solo Secrets Revealed

TLL Podcast #127 – Low High Afternoon Sky (Low vs High G Discussion)
Webcam Session - High G vs Low G
Uke Lesson - Little Wing

Uke Lesson - Wahine Ilikea
Youtube - Wahine Ilikea (Ka`au Crater Boys)
Youtube - Wahine Ilikea (U3: Abe, Cynthia, and Lenny)

Uke Lesson - Hotel California (with Fingahs)
Uke Lesson - Tennessee Whiskey (with Joey)
Whiteboard Request - Tennessee Whiskey (Original Key)
Uke Lesson - Island Style (with John Cruz)
Whiteboard Request - Island Style (Original Key)

Website - In Waves (U3 Album)
TUUP #24 - Favorite Duet (ft. Craig and Sarah)
Ukulele Challenge – Ukulele CHARADES! (SF Uke Crew)

UU+ - Music Theory for Ukulele
Uke Minutes Course - Music Theory Concepts & Techniques
Uke Minutes Course - Applied Music Theory

Website - Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars
Aloha Friday - October 14, 2022 Jam Replay with Cynthia Lin
TUUP #62 - Ukulele ≠ Guitar (Setting the Challenge)
UU+ Forum - Songwriting Challenge Megathread

Youtube - False Alarms
Uke Lesson - Dancing in the Moonlight
Aloha Friday - November 11, 2022 Jam Replay (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Uke Lesson - All Star
Youtube - Waiting on the World to Change
Youtube - Macklemore
Wikipedia - W.B. Yeats

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