March 12, 2024 – Live Lesson: #1 Lesson If You’re a Beginner & You’re Stuck

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    Live Stream: Tuesday, March 12th at 3:00pm ET (check your local time zone)


    Hi guys! We are back with Live Lesson EP064! This month’s topic is: The #1 Ukulele Lesson If You’re a Beginner and You’re Stuck!

    In this session, Matt shares real-life examples from the journey of his students who were stuck at the beginner level for years. He illustrates how they finally progressed beyond simple strum patterns and cowboy chords to more advanced techniques and playing styles.

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



    Q: What happens in a live lesson, how long is it, and when does it occur?

    A: Live lessons are usually 30-45 minutes in length, but can extend until all questions are answered. The first 20 minutes will comprise of the lesson, while the next 10-25 minutes will be a Q&A session for premium members.

    Live lessons take place every second Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm ET (check your local time zone).

    Q: Can I submit questions beforehand?

    A: Absolutely! Basic and premium members are welcome to post questions that are related to the topic in THIS thread.

    Q: Who can watch the live stream, how do I watch it, and how do I chat with Matt and other members?

    A: Premium members will be able to tune in and watch the livestream. Premium members will also be able to chat live with Matt during the broadcast.

    To watch the live stream, simply navigate to the Live Lessons Page. You will see a YouTube video embedded on the page (if you don’t see it, double check that you are logged in).

    If you do not wish to participate in the live chat, you can stay on the page and watch the embedded video. If you do wish to participate in the live chat, you will need to sign up for a YouTube account (100% FREE).

    To participate in the live chat, click on the embedded YouTube video’s title. This will open up a new tab and take you directly to the video on YouTube’s website. The live chat box can be found to the right of the video (on desktop). For mobile and tablet, the live chat is embedded inside the video and can be turned on or off.

    For further clarification, here is a video showing how to do the above (for desktop).

    Q: I can’t make the broadcast. When will live streams be released publicly?

    A: The live lesson will be released for everyone to view the day after the broadcast (second Wednesday of the month). If you cannot make the broadcast, no worries; you’ll still be able to watch the lesson. Don’t forget that you can submit questions for Matt to answer beforehand (see the above FAQ).


    This will be so interesting! Can’t wait to hear some tales!

    I think it’s definitely possible to be an absolute beginner at some things and much more experienced in others. That’s pretty much what happened with me with strumming versus finger picking, because I loved finger picking and avoided strumming because I was spooked by it. It can be a rather slow and painful process “starting over” with a new skill, but being patient and determined, and sometimes getting help from someone more experienced, can help you have a breakthrough. You never know what that “thing” will be that finally helps you push through whatever mental block you have. In my case, it was Matt’s one-on-one help and The Backstreet Boys, lol. I now practice strumming every day, which I never thought possible…

    The challenges here on RC101 also have helped me so much to try new things (like songs and techniques I wouldn’t normally choose).

    I have a really good analogy for the first struggle I described that involves “Strumgoblins,” but perhaps I’ll save that for an insufferably long YouTube comment. Thank you so much for these lessons! 🙂


    The March live lesson is postponed due to illness. It will be rescheduled with the new date/time posted here.


    The March live lesson is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00pm ET.


    If you’re a beginner and feel stuck don’t give up. I’m always amazed at how quickly my brain kicks in if I don’t give. The monthly challenges have given me the opportunity to try new things and to have a deadline to work towards. As the saying goes, “I’ve never seen anyone fail that hasn’t given up”.

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