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  • #26813

    Awesome, welcome Nacy! Feel free to check out the entire archive and be sure to sign up for a Private Lesson with Aldrine through Zoom/Skype:

    Schedule a Private Lesson

    just to check in, get motivation, and direction for your progress. And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time! https://ukuleleunderground.com/contact/ (or click on the green smiley button on the lower right hand side of your screen). Have fun!

    #26253

    Hey Amanda, welcome to the Underground, glad that you could join us! That’s so funny, I have an Aunt who grew up here in Hawaii that has lived in New Hampshire for a number of years now (Rye). She used to operate a Shave Ice stand awhile back in North Hampton during the summers, it’s so funny how we feel that need to connect back to Hawaii whenever we move away.

    Enjoy the site and if you have any questions or need any specific help, feel free to message any of us using the little green smiley chat button in the lower right hand corner of your screen) or sign up for Private Lessons directly with Aldrine (https://schedule.ukuleleunderground.com/schedule-a-private-lesson/). Have fun & keep strummin’

    Aloha,
    -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

    #26100

    Hey Renee, welcome to the Underground! Glad that you’re able to join us, even if the world is under some interesting circumstances at the moment. As always, feel free to look around and if you have any questions about your playing, message any one of us using the little green smile icon in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. We’re always available to offer guidance or feedback to help you to progress. Have a great one, keep strummin’!

    Aloha,
    -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

    #26089

    Hey Rosalind! Welcome to the Underground, really glad to have you here. For some great finger style arrangements, be sure to check out the UU+ Solos series

    They’re at varying degrees of difficulty, but if any song interests you, definitely try tackling it even if it says “intermediate” or “advanced” – just take it slow and practice. And we put out a new UU+ Solos lesson every month, so there’s always more on the way.

    If you need anything else, just click on the little green smiley face button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to contact any of the UU Staff directly with any questions you might have. Have fun!

    Aloha,
    -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

    #23832

    Thanks so much for watching! As with any chord switch, you’ll have to play around and find out what works for you – but it may be helpful to check out the Songs Made Easy Tutorial that Aldrine did for Melt With You:

    Songs Made Easy – I Melt With You

    He starts teaching the chords just before the 3:00 minute mark, so take a look at how he positions his hands just to keep the neck stable. C and F are really important chords that you’ll most likely be using all of the time, so find what is comfortable for you and figure out what requires the least amount of movement and repositioning. Try it out and let us know how it goes!

    #17829

    Hey chienx!

    A lot of times, it has to do with the way that you attack the strings using your finger & fingernail – try out using different angles and amounts of force to change the way a note sounds. When you understand how different angles of attack and force affects how each note comes out, then start thinking about the musical phrase as a whole. Imagine using your ukulele’s voice as a way of “singing” the line for you, and play each note the way a singer would sing each note of that line.

    For example, if you were playing the notes 7, 5, 3, 5, 7, 7, 7 on the A string for “Mary had a little lamb,” you could play every single note in the line the same way, but it would come out sounding disjointed and robotic. Imagine how a great singer would sing that line instead. Once you memorize the notes that you have to play and don’t really have to think about them, it’s more about playing the notes expressively together to convey that musical phrase. You might want to play the notes softly, but emphasize the 5th note, and let the last note ring out at the end like some people sing it: “ma-ry had a LIT-tle lamb …”

    However you decide to “sing” the melody using your ukulele, that’s how you should think about playing the line. As always, feel free to send in a video of what you’re playing (email us or post it in the

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