Lesson Description

This week's lesson was all about taking things to the next level. Aldrine offered some advice for singing while playing more difficult techniques at the same time. He suggested slowly incorporating techniques, singing the counts, and just sticking with it. This lead him to share some of the ways he is trying to challenge himself and take his music further. Aaron chimed in by recounting how a next level musician in China blew his mind. During our "Student Review" (aka tech check), Kahai talked about how he enjoys seeing the progress in musicians, rather than hoping for perfection. Our weekly challenge involved fingerpicking and experimentation. This caused the guys to wrap up the lesson by discussing how familiarity with your instrument is the first step, but experimentation is really the key to taking your music to the next level.

Don't forget, you still have one more week to be eligible for the contest. If you want to enter, please post a video of yourself playing a song to the Student Review 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 next week. We can't wait to see all of your Student Reviews!

This Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - Fingerpicking Rhythm

Last Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - How to Create Finger Picking Patterns

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Questions Asked this Week:
3:15 What is the difference between flat picking and fingerpicking?

7:35 Any advice for singing while playing techniques like rolls and chunks?

15:25 How do you sing and play when the rhythm has syncopation?

22:15 What modifications can you make to help with the stretch in Carol of the Bells?

28:05 Student Review (Silent Night)

45:10 Weekly Challenge

55:35 Will some fingerpicking patterns feel more natural than others?

References/resources for this video:

Course - Soloing/ Flatpicking Techniques
Course - Fingerpicking Basics

Course - Singing and Playing
Ukulele 101 - Singing and Playing
Uke Minutes - How to Roll
Uke Minutes - How to Chunk

Uke Lesson - Drift Away
Uke Minutes - Singing and Fingerpicking

UU+ Solos - Carol of the Bells
Uke Minutes - Finger Stretching Warm-ups

Webinar - Deconstructing Chord Melodies
Uke Minutes - Ghost Notes

Uke Minutes - A-String Ghost Notes
UU+ Solos - Guava Jam

Uke Lesson - Ice Cream
Video - Aldrine Playing "Wait in Vain" (Bob Marley)

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

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Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
Send Questions to Questions@ukuleleunderground.com

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