Lesson Description

In this week's Lesson, Aldrine gets the ball rolling by explaining how often strings need to be changed and the different signs that indicate it's time to restring. He offers some great advice to help with soloing during an unfamiliar song, including sticking to "safe notes", following the rhythm, and using clues to figure out the key. After a bit of music theory, we jump into this week's challenge. Aldrine reviews the often overlooked technique of vibratos, and talks about the benefits of incorporating them, such as increasing sustain, feeling rhythm, and adding expressive tone. He also demonstrates the mini bend which can be used as a substitute. No Thursday Live Lesson would feel complete without at least one off the wall tangent, so we close things up with a discussion about ukulele parlor tricks.

This Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - Vibrato

Last Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - How to Bend a Note

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Questions Asked this Week:
4:25 How often should you change your strings?

10:05 How do you prepare to play a solo during a song you are unfamiliar with?

22:10 How do you know what mode to use?

23:55 When is the middle mode useful?

24:45 Vibratos

32:50 Would you vibrato more at the end of the phrase?

34:00 Can you lengthen the amount of sustain by doing a vibrato faster or slower?

34:55 Mini Bends

39:45 Can you combine other techniques with the vibrato or mini bend?

41:15 Can you move the entire ukulele to get a vibrato?

References/resources for this video:
Uke Minutes - How to Restring Your Ukulele
Uke Minutes - Types of Ukulele Strings

Improvement System - Solo Secrets Revealed
Full Course - Music Theory
Master Class - Chris Salvador
Master Class - Imua Garza
Imua Garza's Master Class - Sequencing

Music Theory - Chord Families
Uke Minutes - Chord Families
Diagram - Circle of Fifths
Video - How to use the Circle of Fifths

Uke Minutes - Figuring Out the Key to a Song
Uke Minutes - The Box (Part 1)
Uke Minutes - The Box (Part 2)

Solo Secrets - C Modes
Solo Secrets - G Modes

Full Course - Flatpicking
Uke Lesson - Europa

Uke Minutes - How to Bend a Note
Uke Minutes - Note Bending Exercise
Uke Minutes - Hammer-Ons
Uke Minutes - Pull Offs and Hammer Pulls
UU+ Solos - Minuet in G

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

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