Participate in the January 2022 Member Challenge: Celebrating 500 Lessons!

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  • #50141
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Happy New Year Rock Class 101 Community!

    We are back with site member challenge #58! WOW, there has now been over 2,900+ 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 Lessons:

    1) “St. Anne’s Reel” – This traditional Irish folk song has a trick up its sleeve! It’s performed with a rhythmic backbeat AND a triple pick right hand technique. (Steven’s Lesson)



    Note: This song is the capstone performance piece from the Triplet Strum Magic Course! While you can play this song using traditional fingerstyle technique, it’s encouraged that you go through the course and give the new playing style a try. 🙂

    2) “Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue” – Learn a vintage ukulele tune that uses four expressive strumming techniques. (Christopher’s Lesson)

    

Note: The four techniques are taught in complete detail in the course, Strumming Techniques: Beyond the Island Strum. This song is the Capstone performance piece from the course. Therefore, it’s recommended that you take the course before attempting the etude, as it will set you up for success with learning this piece. 🙂

    3) “Dream a Little Dream of Me” * – Learn two beautiful melodies which help you develop barre chord technique. (Matt’s Lesson)

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    4) “Here Comes the Sun” * – A classic Beatles tune that’s perfect for the intermediate fingerstyle player. (Andrew’s Lesson)

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    5) “St. James Infirmary” – A hauntingly beautiful melody entangled in a harmony of Jazz and Blues, this fingerstyle arrangement is ideal for the seasoned intermediate player. (Evan’s Lesson)

    ** 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: “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

    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: “St. Anne’s Reel”, “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”, “Here Comes the Sun”, OR “St. James Infirmary”

    3. Participation Goal: 75 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 pieces anytime between Saturday, January 1st until Monday, January 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 February 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) $500 Grand Prize! Includes:

    A) Loprinzi Lm Series w/ Solid Spruce Top: Concert Cutaway Ukulele (includes case)

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    LISTEN TO THIS SWEET UKE BEING PLAYED!

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    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!

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

    Let’s crush this challenge!

    #50144
    charles605
    Participant

    I’m in with Dream a little dream of me.

    #50148
    gi_gi_
    Participant

    I’m going for “Here comes the sun” since it’s the first lesson for RC101. The pieces done by all the Teachers are great. Evan is amazing. I cannot believe he was 13 when he did that 😆. Congrats Evan. Keep it up. You are an inspiration to us all.

    Question: Does it matter if I use a High G or Low G uke for “Here comes the sun”?

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 6 days ago by gi_gi_.
    #50155
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    It will work on low G, Gi Gi. The only thing I’d change is the Am9 in bar 18. I’d strum/pluck only the bottom 2 strings (A and E).

    #50159
    gi_gi_
    Participant

    Thanks @Andrew

    #50160
    baggyuke7
    Participant

    Aloha,
    Happy new year. Bonne année !
    Well I will try to challenge for 5 foot 2. Hoping technology works.
    Good news thanks to Rock Class I improved also my english. So great.

    #50161
    lynnzo
    Participant

    Hi Andrew, I really like the songs, Dream a Little Dream of me and St James Infirmary. Can either of these be played with a Low G.
    Thanks,
    Lynn

    #50162
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @lynnzo – I’d go with St. James. It works better on low G outta those 2 🙂

    #50164
    lynnzo
    Participant

    Thank you Andrew.

    #50166
    charles605
    Participant

    Question. May I change the D7 in Dream a little dream of me to this bar chord?

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    #50168
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @charles605 – If you do that, you’ll lose the melody note on top (5th fret on A). So don’t want to change it to that 😉

    #50174
    charles605
    Participant

    Ok, I’ve got some arthritis in my left hand trying to find a way to do it. After one day I can play a sweet melody around the song but it’s my own version.

    #50175
    charles605
    Participant

    I’ll try the original D7

    #50176
    charles605
    Participant

    Just want to say one thing. You’re awesome if I have a question or want to talk about a song your are right there.I never thought that an online teacher could deliver so much.
    Thank you

    #50177
    lyndallk
    Participant

    Yes, I have to agree, @Charleston – that is one of the great strengths of RC101 as an online class. You really have teachers!

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