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  • #25012

    So here is my bug report in the app. Everything seems to work fine for me with the exception of clicking on any of the Live Stream links. Let me point out that I’m already logged in at this point, but when I click on any live stream image, I immediately am given the pop-up log in window with my information already filled in. However, I’m never able to get to any live stream. I just see the log in window. I click on it and nothing happens. Hope that makes sense.

    #20355

    I would love to see a lesson on Waika added to the song library lessons.

    #16432

    I love Kanile’a ukes – Big Time. I bought my first one used on Craigs List only because Aldrine had one when I first discovered UU back in the day. But I have a soft spot for Pono because they sound great, have a nice name, and the ones I own were a bit cheaper in price. The collection began:

    Kanile’a Tenor K-1 Koa
    Kanile’a Concert K-1 Koa
    Kanile’a Super Tenor Koa

    Pono Tenor Spruce Top Rosewood side & back/some abalone trim
    Pono Tenor Acacia with some abalone trim as well.

    Yes, when you get one, you tend to want all. But full disclosure: all of my purchases took place when I had two jobs and some money to spare. Now I work one job with a modest income and I see no further purchases in my Uke life.

    I sometimes think about selling a couple, but which one/s? how could I possibly let go of any?

    So the Kanile’a Concert sounds so lovely and is the prettiest to behold, yet harder to play because it is so small for my hands. It still has the original strings (Aquila) because I just don’t play it enough. The Kanile’a K-1 most impresses anyone who hears it. I’ve been told that it sounds smooth as butter. That was the second-hand Uke I started with (after letting go of my first under $200 starter concert). I’m partial to the sound of the spruce top, probably owing to the guitar-like sound.

    Then there is the matter of strings. Two are hi G, three are low G because my local teacher insists on Low G for all of his students. As an aside, I really enjoyed the discussion of the hi-G Lo-G difference in the July 6, 2017 Live Lesson. Made a lot of sense.

    Anyway, I put Aldrine’s AG X AQ on the Acacia. I really like how they livened up the sound on that Uke. I bought extra sets so I think when my smooth as butter Kanile’a is ready for a string change, I’ll convert that to AG X AQ, which only come in Hi-G.

    OK, there’s my story. If you were me, and you just had to try to sell one, which would it be? I just can’t decide? Do I even need to decide?

    #16431

    Day 1
    Worm x2
    Strumming x20
    Picking x 28
    C-Scale Picking x9
    Chord Switching C-G x13

    #10379

    This is also called the spider drill. I found this version for guitar on a google search a few months ago and find it helpful:

    This is the only drill I did consistently but it had a huge effect on my development as a guitar player.

    Basic Instructions
    1. Start high on the fretboard, 9th to 12th fret is a good place to start.
    2. Place all 4 fingers on the high E string, one finger per fret.
    3. Move your fingers one at a time to the next string, without lifting any of the other fingers as you move each one.
    4. Do this until you reach the opposite side of the fretboard, then do it back down to the original string.
    5. Do this exercise with all the different combinations of fingers as listed below.

    Notation
    • Index Finger: 1
    • Middle Finger: 2
    • Ring Finger: 3
    • Pinky Finger: 4

    Index Finger First
    • 1 – 2 – 3 – 4
    • 1 – 2 – 4 – 3
    • 1 – 3 – 2 – 4
    • 1 – 3 – 4 – 2
    • 1 – 4 – 2 – 3
    • 1 – 4 – 3 – 2
    A
    Middle Finger First
    • 2 – 1 – 3 – 4
    • 2 – 1 – 4 – 3
    • 2 – 3 – 1 – 4
    • 2 – 3 – 4 – 1
    • 2 – 4 – 1 – 3
    • 2 – 4 – 3 – 1

    Ring Finger First
    • 3 – 1 – 2 – 4
    • 3 – 1 – 4 – 2
    • 3 – 2 – 1 – 4
    • 3 – 2 – 4 – 1
    • 3 – 4 – 1 – 2
    • 3 – 4 – 2 – 1

    Pinky Finger First
    • 4 – 1 – 2 – 3
    • 4 – 1 – 3 – 2
    • 4 – 2 – 1 – 3
    • 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
    • 4 – 3 – 1 – 2
    • 4 – 3 – 2 – 1

    For Uke, I would change Step one to “Start on the 5th fret”

    #9991

    Yes, I am also repeating the course. I feel much more comfortable with everything the second time through. And I will probably do a third time. Why not. Practice is the key to success in anything. The scale skips remain challenging and that is because I don’t really have scales completely memorized. And really, the biggest challenge is doing this daily. I get the email reminders but still seem to always be about four days behind.

    I take a class at a local community college and the teacher always says that you should practice scales about 10,000 times. So even after the UU practice sessions, I try to run through the scale in the key of whatever song I am working on.

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