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September 8, 2017 at 10:10 am #17290
I’m not sure if you already saw it, but Aldrine answered your question in this week’s Thursday Live Lesson. He goes over your question at around the 29:00 mark. Thanks for the question, it lead to some great conversation!
-Kira (UU Staff)August 28, 2017 at 1:25 pm #17085
In case you didn’t see it, Aldrine answered your questions in this week’s Live Lesson around 25:00 into the video. You can check it out here: https://ukuleleunderground.com/courses/qa-sessions/8242017-live-lesson-replay/.
-Kira (UU Staff)August 18, 2017 at 10:22 am #16968
For anyone curious, Aldrine talked more about holding the E chord on this week’s Live Lesson. You can check out the replay here: https://ukuleleunderground.com/courses/qa-sessions/8172017-live-lesson-replay/. The E chord discussion happens around 41:00 minutes into the lesson.August 11, 2017 at 10:43 am #16851
Aldrine answered your question in this week’s Thursday Live Lesson. You can check out his answer here: https://ukuleleunderground.com/courses/qa-sessions/8102017-live-lesson-replay/
He goes over your question right at the end of the lesson, about 57 mins in. Hope this helps!
-Kira (UU Staff)August 2, 2017 at 10:06 am #16742
If you are in Princeville on Kauai, you should go check out Kauai Music and Sound in Kapaa. Kahai recommended them and has gotten some of his instruments worked on by their luthier.
-Kira (UU Staff)July 21, 2017 at 9:31 am #16576
I know cmdrpiffle did a great job answering your question, and I am pretty sure you were tuned in live to catch Aldrine’s answer. In case anyone else was curious, you can see Aldrine’s answer in this Thursday Live Lesson Replay: https://ukuleleunderground.com/courses/qa-sessions/7202017-live-lesson-replay/
This question sparked a whole conversation about strings. The guys talked different types of string, how to break to break them in, and how to check intonation. Thanks for the question Carole!
-Kira (UU Staff)July 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm #16528
You can definitely learn to play the ukulele as a lefty. There are three general routes you can take. The first is to play the ukulele as if you were a right handed player, strumming with your right and fretting with your left. Ryan is also a lefty and he learned in this way. Some people say its easier for lefties to fret chords since it is their dominant hand doing the fretting, but they may have to put more effort into learning how to strum. If you go this route then our lessons will fit you just fine. And we have lots of resources for learning how to strum.
Your other two options both include strumming with your left hand and fretting with your right. Some people choose to just play the ukulele “upside down” meaning they leave the strings as is and form the chords differently than their right handed counterparts. If you go with this route, we have some references for you to use:
Left Hand Beginner Chord Chart: https://ukuleleunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Left-Hand-Beginner-Chord-Chart.pdf
Left Hand Essential Chords Reference: https://ukuleleunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Essential-Chords-Left-Hand-Chart.pdf
Left Hand Fretboard: https://ukuleleunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/left-hand-fretboard-diagram.pdf
You can still learn from our lessons, but you will have to mentally flip the fretboard to follow along. It just takes a bit of retraining for the brain.
Finally the last option is to have your ukulele set up so you can use the same finger positions as a right handed player. To do this, you would need to swap the strings around. If you have your ukulele set up this way, you should have no problem following along to our videos. If you want to get it set up like that, I would suggest going to an ukulele or guitar shop, and seeing if they can do it for you.
I hope this helps, and I hope you have fun learning to play the ukulele! If you have any questions or run into any challenges, just let us know. We are always happy to help you out!
-Kira (UU Staff)July 13, 2017 at 9:51 am #16472
We added the Tabs for Europa to the song lessons. It got lost during the site redesign, but should be back now. Have fun with all those picking patterns!
-Kira (UU Staff)March 28, 2017 at 8:51 am #15151
I will be sure to pass this question along to Aldrine for our next Live Lesson. In the meantime, someone asked a similar question for a previous Live Lesson. Aldrine answers it right away so it’s at the beginning of the video. Hope it helps.
Thanks for you question!
-Kira (UU Staff)January 13, 2017 at 7:46 am #14635
The best way to post a video, is to upload it to youtube and then link the video on to the forum.
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