Participate in the February 2023 Member Challenge: WIN Ohana Pequeno Ukulele!

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  • #56083
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Hi Rock Class 101 Community!

    We are back with site member challenge #71! WOW, there has now been over 3,800+ 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 5 RC101 Mini Lessons:

    1) Funk Riff – ML001 * – In our inaugural mini lesson, you’ll learn a funk riff based out of D minor pentatonic.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    Note: This mini lesson requires Low G ukulele.

    2) Navigating the Fretboard – ML002 * – This mini etude will teach you how to play throughout the entire span of the neck while maintaining a steady and swung rhythmic feel.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    3) Country Riff – ML003 * – Learn a country riff that develops your speed and rhythmic chops.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    4) Celtic Etude for Fretting with Your Thumb – ML004 * – Learn to fret notes with your thumb in this Celtic inspired fingerpicking etude.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    Note: This mini lesson requires Low G ukulele.

    5) Cascading Blues – ML005 * – Learn to play the blues with cascading licks!

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    ** 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: Navigating the Fretboard – ML002

    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: Funk Riff – ML001 [INTERMEDIATE], Celtic Etude for Fretting with Your Thumb – ML004 [INTERMEDIATE], Cascading Blues – ML005 [INTERMEDIATE], OR Country Riff – ML003 [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 5 RC101 Mini Lessons anytime between Wednesday, February 1st until Tuesday, February 28th, 11:59pm EST.

    The upload feature on the site only supports photos. 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 March 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) $239 Grand Prize: Ohana Pequeno Mahogany Sopranino Ukulele

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    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!

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

    Let’s crush this challenge!

    #56110
    gi_gi_
    Participant

    @Andrew Wonderful challenge. Can’t believe I’ve learned the funk riff from yesterday to today. So excited about that. Shows progress. Now off to make it natural ☺️

    #56111
    morrieuke1
    Participant

    I know it’s kind of early to post this, but I’ve had time yesterday and today to practice it. I chose Celtic because it was for low G, and also what a beautiful melody! Any thoughts of making it a full etude in the future? Would be perfect for March and St Patrick’s Day coming up. As always I look forward to your comments, and hearing all of the other performances. Mike

    #56114
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    This theme is a thing of beauty! Mini things, they are just so much more fun and cute for some reason. 😅 I really love those lil’ sopranino ukes.


    @gi_gi_
    that’s pretty amazing that you learned that one so quickly! I tried most of the mini lesson songs and they’re trickier than they seem, at least for me.


    @morrieuke1
    that was really good!

    #56118
    gi_gi_
    Participant

    @TBB Thanks. I was surprised too. I took it very slowly.


    @morrieuke1
    nice performance.

    I think lots of people will participate this month since they’re mini lessons.

    #56119
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    @gi_gi_ I actually just tried the country riff and got pretty far but I feel like the speed is what makes that one trickier.

    I tried the Celtic one too but that may take some doing with the thumb frettin’.

    Happy National Uke Day! I guess that’s today. Who knows all these things? 😅

    #56122
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @morrieuke1 – Well done, Michael and thank you for the kind words! I really appreciate it 🙂

    I honestly have no idea if I’ll develop it more. Songwriting is weird for me. If I try to write, nothing happens. And when I don’t intend to write, I write. It makes no sense lol.

    I thought your performance was great! The only thing I want to point out is that I’d like to hear a little more clarity in the 3-2-0 pull-offs on E. Try the same advice/video I left for @dianna in last month’s challenge for Etude no. 16.

    #56125
    morrieuke1
    Participant

    @Andrew, I understand about the songwriting…maybe the idea will inspire a longer work at some point. Thanks for the pointers, and sharing the video link I will work on the pull offs.

    #56127
    ethankoenig
    Participant

    Hey everyone! My name is Ethan and I’ve been a Rock Class 101 subscriber for many many years now, and I decided to enter in my first challenge. I chose cascading blues since I’m a jazz bassist and 12 bar blues is very familiar to me, so I decided to give it a try.

    #56129
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @ethankoenig – Excellent playing and a fantastic first entry, Ethan!

    #56130
    jgillard
    Participant

    I’m going to try and do all of these over the month. Here is ML002. I had practiced this one previously so I already knew it. I did hold out a couple notes so it’s not perfect to the music, but sounds ok I think anyways 😛

    Next up, I’ll post ML001! 🙂

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    #56132
    jgillard
    Participant

    Here is ML001 🙂 I started working on this yesterday. It still needs some work.

    #56138
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @jgillard – Playing sounds great on both pieces! Well done 👏

    #56141
    mark1256
    Participant

    Here’s Celtic Etude and Cascading Blues. I’m still working on the Cascading to speed it up and improve tone. I also changed the fingering on the C chord.

    #56142
    mark1256
    Participant

    I forgot to mention how much I like these mini lessons!

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