Live Lesson Challenge #8 – (5/9/2019)

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  • #24660
    kahaikahai
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    Hey Guys,

    sorry I didn’t post the challenge earlier. We just got back from Denver Ukefest. It was a ton of fun, and awesome to meet a lot of you, UUers. Hopefully, we can hang out again. Here’s this week’s challenge:

    Base Guidelines:
    Key of C
    At least 1 Major and 1 minor chord

    Bonus Challenges:
    Hawaiian Vamp
    Pull-Offs and Hammer-Ons
    Lyrics
    Disco Uncommon Time Signature

    If you need some help with what chords are in the Key of C, they are C Major, D minor, E minor, F Major, G Major, A minor, B diminished. So you can use any combination of those chords as long as your song has 1 Major and 1 minor. For any advanced music theorist, I think it’d be cool to see if anyone can throw in some chord substitutions that are not in the Key of C. Just throwing that out there. The deadline to submit your songs and be entered in a giveaway is in 3 weeks, so May 30th. We’re always excited to see what you guys come up with.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    #24716
    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
    Member

    I decided to play around with Taro Patch tuning on my log-G ‘ukulele:

    This first one was a quick sound check, but I ended up liking parts of it so thought I’d upload it.

    Here’s the longer version:

    I thought I’d use a IV iv I vamp like in White Sandy Beach as the main turnaround.

    -Alan

    #24719
    kahaikahai
    Member

    Hey Alan,

    that sounded great. The same thing happens to me where I’m just fooling around, and I come up with something I really like, but when I sit down, and try to intentionally write a song, I have the hardest time. I’m glad you posted the first video. It’s cool to see the evolution of it starting of as a short riff and then turning into a full song. I’ve thought about posting progress videos of my songs. Maybe I’ll do it next time.

    #24732
    iseejonathan
    Member

    Alan,

    Really liked that one. I don’t know what it is about you songs but I always get images when I listen to them. Here in Canada we have something called May Day, which is basically a celebration and a parade and kids dancing the May Pole dance (hard to explain but if you look it up you’ll see it) anyways….. I had images of that day when I was a child. Thanks for the trip down memory lane….

    also, love the shirt.

    -Jonathan

    #24733
    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
    Member

    Kahai,

    I actually think I should setup a recording anytime I’m messing around — would love to have a way to record a 10-minute loop that I could just stop if I come up with something I like and I could save it. Most of the time I feel it comes out better before I record. ;D Would love to hear how you progress in your songwriting — I’ve been listening to the Undertale soundtrack a lot (my kid’s favorite) and listening to how Toby Fox layered motifs to come up with an amazing array of songs, so I’d love to hear from you how you step through adding the different parts and putting it together.

    Jonathan,

    That’s cool — I appreciate you sharing, getting an inspiration on that last song helped me develop it more. I have a lot of memories from May Day as well, but it was a little different in Hawai’i. The 6th graders would represent each island like a Hawaiian royal court and the rest of the grades would perform dances and songs for the court. I hated it at the time, but looking back it was pretty cool.

    Not in the right key for this challenge and no minor chords, but I started thinking of how I could mess around with the tuning a bit more and ended up in the equivalent of Open D on ‘ukulele, which comes out as Open G, here’s some improvisation around that tuning I was doing last night:

    A hui hou,
    Alan

    #24734
    kahaikahai
    Member

    That’s funny that you mention may day. I just went to my nephew’s may day. It’s pretty much like Alan describes except the elementary school on Kauai only goes to the 5th grade, so the 5th graders represent the court, and they dance too. For my 4th grade class, I got to blow the conch shell, and for my 5th grade I was on the court. I can’t even remember what Island I represented, but I remember spending a lot of time learning to dance. It wasn’t always fun (especially sitting in the sun and waiting for your grade to dance), but it’s usually held about a week before school ends, and most of the kids go home after the celebration, so it is a pretty fun half day. I can definitely imagine Alan’s songs being used for may day. Most of the songs that the kids dance to are contemporary Hawaiian songs, so they usually have some slack key elements.

    Hey Alan, if you like motifs and seeing the process behind songwriting, you should check out this video if you haven’t already:

    I also got the idea of the Thursday Songwriting challenge from Andrew Huang’s 4 producer videos too, so it’s cool to see what actual composers can do when they get a set of guidelines. I was thinking about suggesting a bonus where we need to incorporate a simple melody for the next challenge. I’ll try to post my process for the next challenge, but we’ll see how it goes. This last one, I was writing the night before.

    #24736
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Alan!!! That is beautiful!!!!

    #24737
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Still finding it a little hard to find time for ukulele with the new born, but here is what I’ve been noodling around with for this challenge!

    However I did have to find time to work on the old time family banjo band with Kaipo:

    #24739
    kahaikahai
    Member

    Hey Kawai,

    great song. I liked that you ended on that G7. It just had me itching for the resolution on C. Also awesome extra vid too. I can’t imagine how busy you must be, but it’s so cool that you still participate in the challenges.

    #24740
    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
    Member

    Kawai,

    Love it! I really like the dynamics transitioning from the picking section to the strumming and back — made me want more! It has a similar feel to the Lava song.
    Your uke sounds great too.

    -Alan

    #24754
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Thanks all!

    I wasn’t able to make it to the Thursday live lesson, but I’m checking it out now. I really enjoy these song writing challenges!

    I was wondering if anyone would be interested in changing the formula in an upcoming challenge. I think it would be interesting to take a known song and give us all the super basic info on how to play it. Maybe provide the chord progression or the melody notes, then the challenge would be to interpret the song in our own way. Add some flourishes or change the key its in or perform the song in a different style.

    #24756
    kahaikahai
    Member

    Hey Kawai,

    we actually talked about doing something like that for a Live Lesson Challenge. Since we already set the guidelines for the next challenge, maybe we can do that idea for the next next challenge. I think it will be cool. I always like seeing how people will remix and reinterpret the same song.

    #24939
    iseejonathan
    Member

    sixsixty,

    Great video with your daughter! Looks like you’re creating some great musical memories with her. Thanks for the motivation. I have been very busy with work and haven’t had much free time……I thought that was a valid excuse…… not anymore….. you have a new child, and you still were able to post a video! Good on ya! Thanks for the motivation.

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