February 27, 2018 at 8:53 pm #15760
Hi Rock Class 101 Community!
We are back with site member challenge #13! WOW, we’ve now crossed an entire year of challenges which saw over 350+ members participating in! If you sat on the sidelines for the last year, 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 🙂
Please watch the video above and read instructions below carefully for details/instructions on this month’s challenge.
Pick one from the following 3 Rock Class 101 Random Themed Genre Lessons:
1) Chopsticks – The iconic piano duet arranged for solo ukulele!
2) The Irish Washerwoman – A traditional Irish Jig! Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
3) 12 Bar Jazz Blues – EP009 – In this lesson, we’ll take a standard 12 bar blues and alter it to create a more colorful and Jazz-esque tonal landscape. You’ll learn to play a melody, solo, and rhythm over a full band backing track; which includes: Ukulele + U-Bass + Drums.
** 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. **
GOALS FOR MEMBER CHALLENGE:
1. Beginner to Intermediate 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: Chopsticks
2. Intermediate Level 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 Piece: The Irish Washerwoman or 12 Bar Jazz Blues – EP009
3. Participation Goal: 25 Rock Class 101 Member Participant Videos/MP3 posted.
GROUND RULES FOR PARTICIPATION:
1. Post your Youtube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud links of you playing 1 of the 4 Blues pieces anytime between Thursday, March 1st till Saturday, March 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.
* 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.
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:
There will be 1 winner, selected by random drawing on April 6th, 2018. To qualify to win, you must submit your audio and/or video links of your playing by the deadline listed above.
1) $200 PopuBand Package! Includes:
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!
Let’s crush this challenge!February 28, 2018 at 4:51 am #15768
Amazing prize! 😀February 28, 2018 at 11:30 am #15769
That does look like a great uku! If you are a left-handed player, who does chord positions with their right hand would the populele light up in the right places?February 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm #15791
Woot! I’ve been working on the blues song since it was posted and this gives me the motivation to get it clean and at full speed by the end of the month.
Who’d of thought I’d become an aspiring blues ukuleleist? Not I, but here I am.
Fun prize too!February 28, 2018 at 6:54 pm #15796
Hi Curly, unfortunately no. In essence, you would be playing this uke reversed and would need a left handed model. I’m not sure if they make one, but the one I’m giving away is right handed.February 28, 2018 at 9:30 pm #15802
I had been debating whether to fit Chopsticks into my new repertoire study. Guess my mind is made up now.March 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm #15809
Never mind, it’s still a very cool prize ☺ Thanks for replyingMarch 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm #15826
Going to have to give this one a go!March 4, 2018 at 8:23 am #15833
I’ll be playing Chopsticks! Hope I still qualify even though I only have a soprano ukulele (12 frets only)March 4, 2018 at 9:16 pm #15835
Yes! I arranged that song twice, once for soprano and again for concert/tenor 🙂March 8, 2018 at 1:18 am #15849
Whoohoo! im the first to submit!
After 10,000 takes this is the best i can play jazz blues so far . this song is so much fun to play !! and also so hard to play the entire song without mistakes lol. i still need to practice the chords after the solo they dont sound clean .March 8, 2018 at 10:48 am #15850
Amazing, Harold! Great job. I’m not there yet. I’m at 75% speed, and the bar chords are killing me. I hope to get where you are. Sounds great.March 8, 2018 at 11:19 pm #15928
Dude Harold, wow! That was amazing! SO, SO, SO AWESOME! I sent it to Stephen too, he loved it. I’ll see if I can get him on here to leave ya a few pointers on his tune 🙂March 9, 2018 at 9:20 pm #16040
Thanks Lisa and Andrew!. just trying my best. this songs was really a challenge for me (still is) kuddos to Stephen for the great tune!.March 12, 2018 at 7:07 pm #16117
In the jazz blues, the bar chords are killing me. The rest sounds decent but the rhythm section is a disaster. I can get two or three strings to ring out but never the E string no matter what I do, and my hand is exhausted by the end of that section, I’m pressing so hard.
I’m starting to wonder if my finger just isn’t shaped right to bar 4 strings. Is that even possible?
I love this song but I think I’ll be playing it minus the rhythm section!
I’ve profusely googled bar chord help, but nothing seems to help…
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