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  • #61461
    ksapp92
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER
    April was a crazy month, so I only had a couple days to quickly put this one together. A simple-looking Etude, but sounds quite lovely!

    #61464
    mysticrick
    Participant

    Andrew’s Creation…Bella Vita. This lovely piece took a LOT of practice for me to play reasonably well.Still a ways to go. Measure 6 was tough.

    I am a Premium member. April Challenge.
    Hope I didn’t wait too late. You Tube says it won’t go public until 9 PM. Another Month of hard work, growth and excellent performances by all. Rock Class 101 Rocks.

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    #61466
    lyndallk
    Participant

    @mysticrick – we can’t see your video, its set to private. You have to go back to youtube and set it to public.

    #61467
    frederic
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER

    (I tried to post the embedded soundcloud widget, but I don’t see my post in the forum so I assumed something was not working. Sorry if I end up double posting.)

    Here is the soundcloud link without the widget.

    #61468
    morrieuke1
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER
    I wish I had more time for this one. What a beautiful song! I will be working on this one more in the future. Thanks Andrew, a beautiful melody.
    Mike

    #61469
    terryfallon3
    Participant

    Mika,

    So great to see you on Rock Class.
    Loved your beautiful little melody, like a music box.
    Although I didn’t do it justice.

    Mahalo.

    #61470
    terryfallon3
    Participant

    Oh, and Terry Fallon 3 is a Premium Member.

    #61473
    emiliano
    Participant

    After taking a two-year break from these challenges because I moved to a new city to start a travel agency, I’ve settled down near the sea and the beach in Playa del Carmen, just near Cancun! 🏝️🍹⛱️🌞🌊

    With more free time on my hands, I’m excited to start participating again!

    I am a premium member.

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    #61475
    marthad
    Participant

    Here is my entry, Fingerpick8ng Etude. (Andrew, can you see it from this link? If not, let me know and I will try again!

    #61483
    sandra907
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER

    #61488
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here’s everyone on page 5 that I hadn’t gotten to yet.


    @The_Bumble_Bard
    – That rocked Rachael! You were locked in, groovin’ with the band! Excellent work! 👏


    @gstriph
    – Excellent fingerpicking and feel Jerry! I heard a little change in the picking pattern going into bars 2 and 3 (and when that section repeats at the end of the tune), but it works! Well done!


    @johanna2509
    – Stellar playing as always, Johanna! My only suggestion would be to play it at a slower tempo, I think it breathes better that way.


    @ldarrow
    – Wow, Linda! I can tell you put a lot of work into this tune and it def paid off! This is one of my fav performances from you to date. Well done on tackling the left-hand chord work, but especially with how beautifully you played it! 🙂


    @abster
    – Another amazing performance Abster! The future of ukulele is gonna be bright with musicians as brilliant as you!


    @karenj
    – Beautifully played, Karen! There are two things I’d like you to focus on as you continue to practice.

    First, concentrate on the timing for the opening four bars. Try to keep it a little more steady. I recommend playing along with the tab player in synthetic mode with the metronome activated. Also, practice the run going into the B Melody (from bar 9 to 10) using the same method.

    Second, double-check the melody in bars 13 and 14. I do have to say, overall, it was excellent! This is a tough tune, and I was very impressed with how well you played it. Keep up the great work!


    @joe150
    – That was awesome Joe! Really well done this month! One tip, don’t forget to tune up before you record 😉


    @gi_gi_
    – Wow Gi Gi! That was amazing! The only thing I can offer up as advice is to use Transcribe to gradually boost the tempo until you get it to 100% speed. Keep up the excellent work and TY so much for the kind words. I really appreciate it!

    #61489
    Stephen
    Moderator

    Here’s everyone on page 7:


    @lyndallk
    – Very nicely played on this one! You have a great feel and your technique is great on this one. Keep it up and you’ll be 100% in no time!


    @Nico_uke
    – Great job on this one! Your vibratos are sounding great and are a nice touch. Your timing is solid, and you performed this one very well over all. Keep it up, you’re doing great!


    @akukes73
    – You are playing this one very nicely! You have a great sense of time and you are playing all the notes well! There are a few tricky spots with hammer ons and slides that are hard to play smoothly. The trick on spots like 0:16 seconds is to keep these techniques as evenly spaced as the other notes around them: treat them just like the plucked notes as far as where each note starts. I know it’s difficult when we’re anticipating those spots, but keeping the feel and timing consistent there just requires a bit of extra isolated practice on just those measures. You’re almost there, keep up the great work!


    @cimarronsailor
    – Nice job on this one! You’re getting the notes to ring out very well, and keeping an even pace throughout. There are just a couple of hesitations which a tiny bit of extra practice will help you work through. I noticed the video cut out towards the end, did the rest of the take not get recorded? Keep going, you’re doing great!


    @mkstewart67
    – Very nicely done! You’re doing a great job! As far as the hesitations here and there, I would recommend just playing it a tiny bit slower until they naturally work themselves out of your playing. You have a great feel, and your hammer-ons and slides sounded great! I also like the way your backdrop matches your outfit. Excellent job on this one!


    @janaq1
    – I enjoyed your playing and video editing on this one! You chose very good spots to add the other layers in, and the cuts were very clean! The playing was also great. Though there were minor “inaccuracies” as you put it…it’s very impressive that you were able to keep it together so well with all the syncopation in the piece. This was very well executed all around!


    @bibilele
    – Nice job on this, and the rocker vibe with the sunglasses is a nice touch! You played very well, especially with using the pick! It might help to anchor your hand somehow while playing the single note melodies. I noticed a note got muted right at 0:40, and having the instrument a bit more stabilized by anchoring your hand/arm might make it easier to avoid things like this. Aside from that, there’s just a tiny bit more work on the ending, and you’re rocking it 100%. Great work on this one!


    @jebergeron
    – You’re doing a great job so far on this one! One small suggestion that might help for now is to play the whole piece just a bit slower than you did in your video. This will allow you time to prepare for what shifts and techniques are coming just slightly ahead of time so that you can get to them smoothly. Once you can keep the flow of the song steady throughout at this slower tempo, then you can speed it back up and it should be easier to maintain the tempo. Keep it up, you’re doing a great job so far!


    @ruthie-roo
    – Very nicely done! Though the nerves from recording affected your playing slightly in one or two spots, you kept a great feel, sound, and consistency throughout. Maybe playing it slightly slower would help to calm your nerves as you play? I often find that reminding myself to breathe when recording helps a lot as well. Your playing was great on this! Keep it up!


    @mmoynihan
    – Great work on this! The challenge of going from single notes to strumming and back is a bit tricky for sure. On the section that starts at 0:30, my one suggestion is to pluck these notes just a bit harder, as the first string doesn’t project as loudly. It needs just a bit of a harder pluck to be heard over the backing track. Keep it up, you’re doing great!


    @jgillard
    – Very nice job on this one! Your feel and the notes sound great! You kept a fairly relaxed pace throughout as well. Keep up the great work!


    @richard_siegert
    – I think you did very well on this one! The only hesitation I noticed was right before the last chord, and that is fine! You did a great job of picking the right pace for your video. Now that you have it down at that tempo, you can work on speeding it up if you would like. Keep it up, you’re doing great!


    @otzepeng
    – For only 3 days of work on this piece, that was fantastic! If you played this one just a bit slower, I’m fairly certain you would be able to get through it with fewer or maybe even no hesitations. Still, you were doing great at this tempo! Keep it up, you got that together very quickly!

    #61493
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here’s everyone on page 6.


    @1481632_m
    – Congrats on getting the barre chords down! Your performance was excellent! Your fingerpicking sounds great, and all of the notes had a lovely tone. My only suggestion would be to work towards gradually increasing the tempo.


    @jody_hendrickson
    – That was awesome Jody! An absolute pleasure to listen to, beautifully played! 👏


    @robinboyd
    – We’re often too hard on ourselves, Robin. I thought you gave us a lovely performance. I know the new job is keeping you busy, and I hope it’s going well! I, too, don’t get the practice time I used to, but I try my best to squeeze in as much as I can, as often as I can. 🙂


    @amilylaw
    – I thought you played it beautifully, Amily! The one thing I would suggest working on is maintaining a steady tempo. I noticed a few sections sound like they are rushing a bit at times. Try playing along with me in the tab player, but start at a slower tempo. Do your best to match me on the timing.


    @hiouke
    – Very well played, Hio! Keep up the great work! 🙂


    @coffeemug
    – Bravo Mary! That was a lovely performance, I really enjoyed it!


    @brettboy
    – This performance is a masterclass in expressing emotion through music. So much feeling in every note, truly phenomenal Brett!


    @riley_ukulele
    – Wow Riley! I can’t believe you can played it THAT well in one day. Very impressive!


    @maryjanew
    – Great playing MJ, it was a lovely performance! One tip, try not to bend your index finger at the knuckle when fretting the D barre chord. It’s important to keep the index finger straight for proper form (see form 3 for more info about this):

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    @sarahd
    – Wow! What a view and a beautiful performance to match! Well done Sarah ❤️

    #61494
    Stephen
    Moderator

    Here’s everyone on page 8:


    @ksapp92
    – Great job on this one! You did a great job of getting this one under your fingers in just a couple of days! There’s just a tiny bit of the middle section to memorize left, and then you’ve got it! Keep up the great work!


    @mysticrick
    – You are doing a nice job on this one so far! It’s a very challenging piece. You are at the point where you have almost all of the notes under your fingers, so now it’s time to work on a few spots where you hesitate. Even though this song has a somewhat freely flowing tempo, it might help to play certain passages with a metronome. Play any tricky section slower than you are used to until there are no hesitations or places where you are struggling to get to the right notes in time. Then gradually speed up the tempo to where the song feels the most comfortable. I noticed that you were playing some of the song faster than the original, which also might be making it more difficult to play. Keep it up, you’re doing an excellent job!


    @frederic
    – Very nice job on this! You kept a consistent tempo throughout, and all of the notes were very clear. The only spot that might benefit from a little more practice is the very last chord. Keep up the great work!


    @morrieuke1
    – You played this one very well! Great job with the consistent tempo, feel, and getting the upper register notes to come out clearly! With a little more work on the ending and adding a few embellishments that are in Steven’s performance of the piece, you will get the emotional aspect of the music to shine even more as you work on this. Keep it up, it’s sounding great so far!


    @terryfallon3
    – Very nice job on this one! I feel like you might benefit from playing on a larger sized uke: maybe a concert or a tenor? It’s very hard to get a full sound out of the upper register on the soprano (is your ukulele even smaller than a soprano?). Another thing that might help is to use a strap to support the ukulele so that you aren’t having to stabilize it with only your hands. You’re doing great, let me know if this helps the sound/playability for you. Keep it up!


    @emiliano
    – Excellent job on this one! You played every note very cleanly, and the reverb was a nice touch! Is that built into the instrument, or did you add that after the recording? Very well played, keep up the great work!


    @marthad
    – You are doing a great job on this one. The first melody sounds great! With just a tiny bit of practice on the section that starts around 0:30, and you will have the whole song down! With that section, try just isolating it until you have it memorized. Keep up the great work, you’re doing an awesome job so far!


    @sandra907
    – Very nice job on this one. You played that one at a consistent, fast tempo. You played very well, and breezed through this one! Just a little bit more work on the chord at the very end and you will have this one mastered! Great job! Unfortunately, you submitted past our deadline so we won’t be able to give you an entry for the prize this month. Andrew tried to give everyone a friendly reminder yesterday.

    #61495
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Wow! 57 members joined us for this month’s challenge! Stephen and I were BLOWN AWAY by how amazing everyone did! Big round of applause to everyone who participated this month. 🙂

    Our May Challenge is LIVE and the theme is Classic Songs! I hope each of you join us again.

    Below, I will post a list of members who participated in the April challenge for your first chance to win the Kanile’a Ukulele. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies.

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    willw18
    willw18
    planetfink
    planetfink
    deadbuggy
    deadbuggy
    lhamilton
    lhamilton
    leb397
    leb397
    anikali
    anikali
    clempek
    clempek
    ccwuke
    ccwuke
    anyon1
    anyon1
    grannieannie
    grannieannie
    marianne
    marianne
    suekulele
    suekulele
    shmu88
    shmu88
    rgillof
    rgillof
    dianna
    dianna
    misterbones
    misterbones
    musiclover
    musiclover
    kanique
    kanique
    The_Bumble_Bard
    The_Bumble_Bard
    gstriph
    gstriph
    johanna2509
    johanna2509
    ldarrow
    ldarrow
    abster
    abster
    karenj
    karenj
    joe150
    joe150
    gi_gi_
    gi_gi_
    1481632_m
    jody_hendrickson
    jody_hendrickson
    robinboyd
    robinboyd
    amilylaw
    amilylaw
    hiouke
    hiouke
    coffeemug
    coffeemug
    brettboy
    brettboy
    riley_ukulele
    riley_ukulele
    maryjanew
    maryjanew
    sarahd
    sarahd
    lyndallk
    lyndallk
    Nico_uke
    Nico_uke
    akukes73
    akukes73
    cimarronsailor
    cimarronsailor
    mkstewart67
    mkstewart67
    janaq1
    janaq1
    bibilele
    bibilele
    jebergeron
    jebergeron
    ruthie-roo
    ruthie-roo
    mmoynihan
    mmoynihan
    jgillard
    jgillard
    richard_siegert
    richard_siegert
    otzepeng
    otzepeng
    ksapp92
    ksapp92
    mysticrick
    mysticrick
    frederic
    frederic
    morrieuke1
    morrieuke1
    terryfallon3
    terryfallon3
    emiliano
    emiliano
    marthad
    marthad

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