On this week's lesson, we jump right into a question about switching chords. All three of the guys offer their advice; Aldrine talked about keeping the ring finger ready, Aaron suggested anchoring a finger to the fretboard when possible, and Kahai recommended looking at each chord switch individually and figuring out what works best for each situation. We moved along to a tech check, and discussed the importance of letting a note "breathe" and how to use ghost notes to help with phrasing. Aldrine went a little Bob Ross when he encouraged the visualization of rainbows to help beginners learn proper finger positioning. Toward the end of the lesson, we discussed our evolution as music teachers and even shared some behind the scenes stories of the early days at UU.
We top the Lesson off by announcing a contest for UU+ members only. If you want to enter the contest, please post a video of you playing a song to the Tech Check Section of the UU+ Forums. Winners will receive a capo, a clip-on tuner, and a free 30 minute private lesson with Aldrine. Contest Winners will be announced in two weeks. We can't wait to see all of your Tech Checks!
This Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - How to Create Finger Picking Patterns
Last Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - Chromatic Scales
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Questions Asked this Week:
2:25 Any tips for switching between G or F to Bb?
12:35 How do you avoid pushing up the ukulele neck while switching chords?
14:10 Tech Check (My Heart Will Go On)
25:15 How do you play 3 string chords without touching the 4th string?
34:25 Weekly Challenge (Finger Picking)
References/resources for this video:
Full Course - Strumming and Switching Chords
Uke Minutes - How to Switch Chords
Uke Minutes - How to Hold Multiple Strings with One Finger
Improvement System - Essential Chords Course
Webcam Sessions - How to Swtich Chords Faster
Webcam Sessions - Better Changes with the Open Switch