August 12th, 2019 – Live Lesson Topic: Understanding & Using Dynamics

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    Live Stream: Monday, August 12th at 7:00pm EST (check your local time zone)


    Hey guys, we are back with Live Lesson EP009! This month’s topic is: Understanding & Using Dynamics.

    Dynamics breathe life into our performance. But what exactly is it? And how do we incorporate it into our playing? Grab your uke and get ready to make it sing as we dive into the world of dynamics!

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all that you have below and I hope you guys join us for the live stream. 🙂



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    Ugh, I missed it and here I was doing nothing. I’ll catch it offline. I hope y’all had fun!



    Dang, I didn’t make myself a reminder, I was walking my pug. Drat, double drat.



    No worries guys! I just published the lesson, you can check it out here 🙂

    I got a chance to tune in last night. Matt taught a great lesson on dynamics!



    Great lesson, Matt. Sorry I missed it. You’ve given me good things to work on.

    I love the way when you say something sounds clunky and awkward it sounds just like me, lololol. Yes, things to work on indeed.

    I have trouble identifying what is the filler vs the melody, but I’ll pay more attention and try to get more dynamics in. It was one of my goals for this year but I always forget and just focus on the notes and the speed.



    Just watched the lesson. It was very good, Matt. Love to see more on this topic and especially the “filler stuff”. I recognize filler on piano numbers and it does so much to fill out the song just like Matt says: between the lyrics/melody notes. There must me some “tricks” that pianists/musicians use over and over again for those fillers…….

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