Participate in the August 2022 Member Challenge: WIN Bamboo Ukulele!

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  • #52983
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Hi Rock Class 101 Community!

    We are back with site member challenge #65! WOW, there has now been over 3,400+ members participating in our challenges! If you’ve sat on the sidelines, please join us for this month’s challenge! Challenges are a fun way to stay motivated and a great way to meet fellow ukulele players who are passionate about learning and becoming better players. 🙂

    And I offer feedback on ALL submissions!

    Please watch the video above and read instructions below carefully for details/instructions on this month’s challenge.

    Pick 1 from the following 4 RC101 Lessons:

    1) Fingerpicking Etude no. 13 * – This etude is jam-packed with concepts and playing techniques that will help the beginner player transition to the intermediate level.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    2) “Moon Waltz” – A beautiful, Hawaiian inspired waltz that’s played entirely with two fingers.

    Note: Can be played on Baritone or Low G Ukulele. If you’re playing it on Low G, the tab and chord shapes are 100% identical to Baritone, but the chord names are different.

    3) Fingerpicking Etude no. 5 – Learn two beautiful melodies that are fingerpicked entirely with Travis picking technique.

    Note: Can be played on High G or Low G Ukulele.

    4) “The Explorer” – Take a journey through space and time with this fingerstyle composition that was inspired by the motion picture, Interstellar.

    Note: Can be played on Baritone or Low G Ukulele. If you’re playing it on Low G, the tab and chord shapes are 100% identical to Baritone, but the chord names are different.

    ** If you need assistance with how to record yourself check out our FREE course on recording audio/video and/or private message me and I will be happy to help you out. **

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    GOALS FOR MEMBER CHALLENGE:

    1. Beginner Level: Be able to play one of the lessons as shown by Andrew smoothly and in time. Do not worry about trying to play fast; slow and steady wins the race.

    Recommended Piece: Fingerpicking Etude no. 13

    2. Intermediate to Advanced Level: Be able to play the lesson as shown by Andrew smoothly, in time, and at or close to the original piece’s tempo.

    Recommended Pieces: “Moon Waltz” [INTERMEDIATE], Fingerpicking Etude no. 5 [INTERMEDIATE], “The Explorer” [ADVANCED]

    3. Participation Goal: 50 Rock Class 101 Member Participant Videos/MP3 posted.

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    GROUND RULES FOR PARTICIPATION:

    1. Post your Youtube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud links of you playing 1 of the 4 RC101 pieces anytime between Monday, August 1st until Wednesday, August 31st, 11:59pm EST.

    The upload feature on the site only supports file sizes up to 5 MB. Members must host their own files. Creating an account is easy and free 🙂 Here are the links to create an account:

    YouTube (For Video) – https://www.youtube.com/create_channel

    SoundCloud (For Audio) – https://soundcloud.com/signin

    2. Submit individually, as a reply, IN THIS POST.

    3. Feel free to submit more than one video for the challenge, but additional videos will not count as extra entries into the raffle for the prize.

    4. Have fun and don’t be intimidated by this challenge!!! Use this challenge to help you set goals and complete them by a deadline. You can also use this as an opportunity to chat with your fellow Rock Class 101 members and share tips or tricks on this challenge that you think are useful.

    5. You must perform the entire piece to receive an entry into the prize raffle. Performance must be submitted by the deadline listed (in #1) above to gain an entry in the raffle, as well as, to receive feedback.

    * Note: In my opinion, it is better to show progress versus perfection with these challenges. So if you are a beginner and can only play the first couple of measures. That is completely ok. If you play two more measures of the next challenge piece than you did the previous one, you are on track to getting better. This is what these challenges are about… you learning ukulele and getting better. Remember we are all here to support you no matter what your current playing level is.

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    COMMON FAQs:

    1) The prize and the challenge is open to the entire world!

    2) Premium membership is NOT required to participate, but will make participation easier as it gains you complete access to the full video lessons, tabs, and the on-screen tab viewer.

    3) Basic membership (free) is required to submit a reply on this forum post. You can sign up for Basic Membership HERE.

    4) To post YouTube video links (in which they appear embedded on the forum), simply copy and past the video URL in its own line. For example:

    YouTube URL

    5) If you live in the Continental U.S., we will ship the giveaway ukulele to you for FREE! If you live outside of the Continental U.S., there will be a shipping fee ranging between $40 USD to $80 USD. This fee will be collected by Uke Republic. You are also responsible for any custom fees or duties.

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    Giveaway Rules:

    There will be 1 winner, selected by random drawing on September 5th. To qualify to win, you must submit your audio and/or video links of your playing by the deadline listed above.

    Grand Prize:

    1) $150 Grand Prize:

    
A) Kala KA-BMB-C Solid Bamboo Slothead Concert Ukulele



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    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!

    Uke Republic: http://www.ukerepublic.com/

    Let’s crush this challenge!

    #52987
    jebergeron
    Participant

    Here is my submission for this month challenge!

    I tried to record myself a multiple of times and on this recording my finger where starting to feel numb with the repetitive pattern.

    #52988
    leb397
    Participant

    @andrew I think you have date of drawing August 5th… I know it’s after 31st 😉

    #52989
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @jebergeron – Great start for the month! Playing sounds beautiful. As you continue practicing, I’d focus on timing (keeping it steady).


    @leb397
    – Thank you! I fixed it 🙂

    #53013
    deadbuggy
    Participant

    I am such a fan of the original compositions on this site. Fun to learn, beautiful music and gives me something other than Ain’t She Sweet to play when someone demands I ‘strum something!’ Thanks again, Andrew, for all of the great music here. Cheers!

    #53021
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @deadbuggy – Wow, Sara thank you so much! I really appreciate the kind words. I too am a big fan of your originals and the creative changes you add to existing arrangements 🙂

    Beautiful take on this etude. I loved watching and listening to it!

    #53032
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    Such beautiful songs! Excited to try to learn them! 😯😁

    #53038
    artcrocker
    Participant

    Earlier this year the challenges were for a custom Kanelia. Was that already given away?

    #53040
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Hi Art, there will be 3 more chances to win it in October, November, and December. We’ll pick the winner on Christmas Eve 🙂

    #53045
    jsanjuan
    Participant

    Missed last two months’ challenges, so I was waiting for this one. Here’s my take on Fingerpicking Etude no. 5

    #53047
    misterbones
    Participant

    As I’ve already done The Explorer for the March challenge this year, I picked the Moon Waltz this month. I felt like playing it on my high G soprano which I pulled out of retirement for this one. Also I used a thumb only approach.
    (Please exclude me from the prize drawing this month. Thanks!)

    #53056
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @jsanjuan – Beautiful playing! As you continue to practice, focus on note clarity and eliminating any pauses. Overall it was excellent and a pleasure to listen to! Keep up the great work 🙂


    @misterbones
    – Lovely playing, Michael! Well done 👏

    #53057
    mark65536
    Participant

    Hi, happy August everyone.

    I’ve enjoyed learning Fingerpicking Etude no. 5 for this month’s competition:

    #53058
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @mark65536 – Beautiful playing and cinematography. Def gonna share your performance on our social media this week 🙂

    #53059
    jass007
    Participant

    Hey guys, it’s my first time posting for the challenge. And I play my Uke upside-down (left-handed), tried pretty hard to not make mistakes but the timing was difficult.

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