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  • #25300
    kahai
    Member

    Hey Guys,

    some members asked for the guidelines to past Challenges. I thought I would compile all the past Challenges together and post new Challenges to this thread, so everyone can see the old challenges, and new challenges in one place. If you guys want to participate in challenges, you can also do it here. Just post a video of your song as a reply. We love all the submissions so far, and we look forward to what everyone comes up with from now on.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai (UU Staff)

    #25301
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #1 – (11/15/2018)

    Guidelines:
    Key of Eb
    Chords; vi, IV, V, iii or Cm, Ab, Bb, Gm

    Bonuses:
    Use D diminished
    Use a 6th chord
    lyrics

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #1 – (11/15/2018)

    #25302
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #2 – (11/29/2018)

    Guidelines:
    Key of C
    Chords; ii, iii, V, vi or Dm, Em, G, Am

    Bonuses:
    Use an Augmented Chord
    Lyrics
    3/4 or 6/8 time

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #2 – (11/29/2018)

    #25303
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #3 – (12/14/2018)

    Guidelines:
    Use the ii, V, I chord pattern in any key

    Bonuses:
    Use an Augmented Chord
    Lyrics
    One Measure of 2/4 time

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #3 – (12/14/2018)

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 2 weeks ago by kahai.
    #25304
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #4 – (1/4/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of Dm: Dm, Em or Edim, FM, Gm, Am, BbM, C

    Bonuses:
    Mikes Suggest Chords – Amb9, Bbsus4, C7
    Write it in a Ka`au Crater Boys Style
    Lyrics
    Change the time from an even count to an odd count (Ex. 4/4 to 3/4)

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #4 – (1/4/2019)

    #25307
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #5 – (2/14/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of F
    I, vi, IV, V or F, Dm, Bb, C

    Bonuses:
    50’s Style
    Lyrics

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #5 – (2/14/2019)

    #25308
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #6 – (3/8/2019)

    Guidelines:
    G Major & D Major

    Bonuses:
    Chord Inversions
    Lyrics
    Reggae
    3/4 or 6/8

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #6 – (3/8/2019)

    #25310
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #7 – (4/4/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Use any combination of A Major, D Major or E Major, but no other chords

    Bonuses:
    Inversions
    Lyrics
    Country
    Cowboy Music / American Folk
    Disco
    Slack Key

    Extra Super Bonus: Make up a Dance to go along to your song

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #7 – (4/4/2019)

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 2 weeks ago by kahai.
    #25311
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #8 – (5/9/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of C – CM, Dm, Em, FM, GM, Am, Bdim
    1 Major and 1 minor Chord

    Bonuses:
    Hawaiian Vamp
    Pull-Offs and Hammer-Ons
    Lyrics
    Disco
    Uncommon Time Signature (Anything but 4/4)

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #8 – (5/9/2019)

    #25312
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #9 – (5/30/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of D – DM, Em, F#m, GM, AM, Bm, C#dim
    2 Major and 1 minor Chords

    Bonuses:
    Lyrics
    In the Style of the Beatles
    Fast Chord Changes (after 1 or 2 beats)
    Incorporate this riff:

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #9 – (5/30/2019)

    #25313
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #10 – (7/5/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of G-GM, Am, Bm, CM, DM, Em, F#dim
    2 minor & 1 Major Chords

    Bonuses:
    Love/Heartbreak Theme
    Key Change
    False End

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #10 – (7/5/2019)

    #25314
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #11 – (8/8/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of F
    I, vi, IV, V or F, Dm, Bb, C

    Bonuses:
    Play the chords in order of I vi IV V
    Lyrics
    Reference actual cheese in the song
    Key Change
    Leaving Home Theme

    Original Forum post with Song Submissions:

    Live Lesson Challenge #11 – (8/8/2019)

    #25315
    kahai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #12 – (8/29/2019)

    Guidelines:
    Key of C-CM, Dm, Em, FM, GM, Am, Bdim
    Use 2 Chords

    Bonuses:
    Lyrics
    Only use 2 Chords (Extensions and Inversions count as the same chord)
    3/4 Time
    Animals Theme
    Reference Animal from the Muppets
    End of Summer Theme

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by kahai.
    #25371
    mikhou
    Member

    Hey there. I’m not much of a songwriter. This is only the second one that I have ever written with the first being for the last challenge! So this is the first instrumental. It’s not much and it’s not very clean, but I thought that I would post it anyway. It’s variations on the C and Gm chords up and down the fretboard with arpeggios, hammer-ons, and strums throughout. This was my best attempt at using only 2 chords (with variations on them). I’ve been toying with it for a couple of weeks, but I just couldn’t come up with anything else to add to it. So…here it is.

    Mike

    #25376
    kawaikawai
    Member

    UU+ Song Writing Challenge #12
    +toddler

    “I Kissed the Water” -lyrics from Kaipo’s dreams

    Making music videos with toddlers is hard work! There was another line about holding hands with elephants, but we never got that far.

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