Participate in the May 2020 Member Challenge – WIN a Kanile’a Tenor Ukulele!

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  • #38236
    puppylovesuke
    Participant

    I am a premium member

    I worked so long all month on this one for some reason it was a challenge and then I couldn’t get to upload with music. Couldn’t get to another source due to what’s going on.

    I did what I could in my car and it’s a bad take but who cares, what matters is justice for those long oppressed and I hope it finally comes around the world. Let’s keep loving each other through music, grateful for this positive community we have here!

    #38237
    clempek
    Participant

    woah you are all so good !!
    for a beginer like me it’s a great motivator but it’s also indimitating ^^’
    I don’t have the level for the “monthly member challenge”, I only can play the beginers songs but it’s a pleasure to watch yours performances

    Bravo à tous !

    #38238
    lisamcc
    Participant

    Thanks Stephen – I’m always really chilled until I turn on a camera….. then I just bolt for the finish line. Hopefully it will get easier! It’s a tricky technique to master. Thanks for your feedback.

    #38239
    goody2shoes
    Participant

    Hi @Andrew ! Thanks for the feedback on my Chucking! I will certainly work on that for the next one!!!

    J

    #38246
    emiliano
    Participant

    @maryjanew Woah just checked your video, I bet you had tons of fun with this piece, I want to try it now, maybe will work on it on weekends. Tho next month challenge is here think I will go for Billie Jean song since I lack a low g string atm hahaha.

    #38249
    karenj
    Participant

    Thanks Andrew for your thoughtful feedback. It is always helpful and I like learning from feedback to others too. I seemed to struggled with recording brain freeze with this song more than usual and thus my hours of memorizing and breaking things down seemed to evaporate. But I do indeed think it will be helpful to repeat those difficult sections over and over so muscle memory will kick in when the brain (and fingers) go haywire. Thanks again for such a wonderful site. And although it lessens my chances to win that wonderful ukulele, I want to congratulations you all on your successful growth.

    #38252
    Stephen
    Moderator

    Here’s everyone on page 20:

    ukukelley1 – You are doing a great job! There are only a few spots I would recommend isolating and playing to work out hesitations: At the very ends of the phrases in Melody A, the transition going into measure 9, and a few spots in Melody B that you are able to play sometimes but not every time. You’re playing great, keep it up!

    asiakaiser – Wonderful performance! You have the notes and the rhythm down, now try adding some dynamics (gradually building volume going into phrases and getting softer towards the ends) to add a bit more emotion to the piece. From there, your ready to try his more challenging right hand technique! Great job on this one!

    rustypal – Great job on a challenging song! You played this very well! The notes and rhythms are good, with just a little work on consistency of plucking technique in the section at 0:33 into the song you’ll be set! Nice playing on this one!

    nitsur – Well done! You’re playing all the notes, and seem to understand the rhythms. The next step is to work on keeping a consistent tempo throughout the whole song: there are some spots where you are pausing for too short or too long at the ends of sections. There are also a few spots in Melody B where you are rushing slightly through fingerpicked parts. Playing with a metronome will help these parts, and then keeping time all the way throughout the piece by tapping your toe or bobbing your head might help you to stay in time without the metronome. Either way, you’re doing a wonderful job!

    hotshot – Excellent performance! All around your timing, technique, and feel were great! Keep up the awesome playing!

    ukuleleloo – You’re off to a great start! With a little more work on the middle of the song, you will get there! While practicing, try keeping your left wrist a bit closer to straight; the more of angle it’s at can cause your wrist to get sore quicker during longer practice sessions. Keep going, you’re doing great!

    debb1985 – You’re doing a great job on this! Once you go back and work on the barre chords you have the rest of the song very nicely! Try slight variations on how you are barring with your index finger, noting what works. Sometimes a slight adjustment on the angle of your hand can make the chord much easier. Then it’s a matter of getting to each chord that way consistently. Keep up the great work!

    iyers408 – It’s great that you’re practicing this at a slower speed, and for the most part you are staying fairly consistent with the tempo and the notes. It seems like just a little extra work at 1:28 and towards the ending (the tag), and you’ll be ready to speed the tempo up soon! You’re off to a great start!

    cloud_cactus – You’re doing a great job so far! I would recommend playing the song a bit slower to give yourself a bit of extra time to get to some of the trickier chords and notes in tempo. It’s all about being able to think about what comes next with enough time for your hands to be ready. Keep it up, you’re doing great!

    cimarronsailor – Awesome job! I like that you slowed the track and nailed the rhythm! You’re ready to speed the track up, you sound great!

    ronnieg – Very well executed and played! I like that you breathed with the music. This is an excellent way to get your whole being to play the phrases in a musical manner like a horn player, while also keeping your breathing regular. I think you are ready to work on the more advanced version of the song. Wonderful work on this!

    #38253
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here’s everyone on page 21 and 22.

    gardn_gnome – I can hear improvement in your playing!! That puts a smile on my face 🙂 As you continue to practice, focus on mastering 4 bars at a time. Work mainly on keeping it steady. After that, I want you to think about accenting so we can start to create a little bit more color in your playing. Try this: Hit beat 1 and 3 a little harder than the other beats. That will create contour.

    timolnz – Well done! Theme 1 sounds great! What I recommend working on is increasing the sustain of the chords as you play the triplets. Basically, you want everything to ring out into each other.

    The trick with this is to keep finger pressure applied for the entire note duration; which in this theme, the bass notes are actually quarter notes.

    The other trick is to make sure you have proper form, which is something I talked about in this video I made yesterday for another member as it relates to Theme 2.

    joannetala – Here’s my feedback for you 🙂

    emiliano – That was awesome! Killer job on Theme 2, that’s very impressive! The only thing I’d say for this section is to keep working on increasing the sustain.

    The only other thing I’d suggest working on is to slow down the tempo in Theme 1 to get the triplets a little bit cleaner. But excellent job overall! Keep up the good work 🙂

    kirpuff – Here’s my feedback for you 🙂

    andyrose – Awesome job, Andy! Watch the video I left above for @joannetala. That’s actually the same advice I’d offer you 🙂

    maryjanew – Here’s my feedback for you 🙂

    kanae926 – Here’s my feedback for you 🙂


    @puppylovesuke
    – Unfortunately, you submitted past our deadline. I tried to give everyone a friendly reminder yesterday. But there’s still one more month for the Spring Challenge. Hope you join us for June!

    #38255
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Wow! 102 members joined us for this month’s challenge! It has truly been a pleasure for Stephen and I to watch everyone’s performances and offer our humble feedback. BIG thanks to each of you who participated and bravo on a job well done!

    Our June Challenge is LIVE and its theme is: Classic Songs! I hope each of you joins us again.

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

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    brettboy
    brettboy
    nthibode
    nthibode
    shmu88
    shmu88
    schaap123
    schaap123
    deadbuggy
    deadbuggy
    rebeca
    yooki-h
    yooki-h
    willymac
    willymac
    surfnrz
    surfnrz
    cncamacho
    cncamacho
    tim0721
    tim0721
    funtime2018
    funtime2018
    andrewvh
    andrewvh
    alisefrenchyuky
    alisefrenchyuky
    morrieuke1
    morrieuke1
    taylor22jane
    taylor22jane
    janett75
    janett75
    mark1256
    mark1256
    johnnyrotten
    johnnyrotten
    joe150
    joe150
    sgwarren
    sgwarren
    stianukulele
    stianukulele
    planetfink
    planetfink
    uku_on
    uku_on
    robinboyd
    robinboyd
    lyndallk
    lyndallk
    verity2003
    verity2003
    johanna2509
    johanna2509
    eszti5mail
    eszti5mail
    lisadmh
    lisadmh
    oldan_
    oldan_
    barbecueblack
    barbecueblack
    rickeymike
    rickeymike
    marianne
    jedart
    ukulelee
    ukulelee
    dryossi
    dryossi
    gstriph
    gstriph
    slr4chums
    slr4chums
    turkgoose
    turkgoose
    kkaszuba
    kkaszuba
    jonathan_gabel
    jonathan_gabel
    brightwing
    rockmyuke
    rockmyuke
    wongbrown
    wongbrown
    tric_o_tronic
    tric_o_tronic
    sgorsuch
    sgorsuch
    dennisdickens
    dennisdickens
    nproost
    nproost
    sticks366
    sticks366
    givingtree89
    givingtree89
    elealong12
    smudge
    smudge
    lhamilton
    lhamilton
    miztaken
    miztaken
    aloooy
    aloooy
    goody2shoes
    goody2shoes
    katariin
    katariin
    stinyuke
    stinyuke
    ukulelemaster3000
    karenj
    karenj
    kellyblackburn
    kellyblackburn
    zerratheterra
    zerratheterra
    riley_ukulele
    riley_ukulele
    santai
    santai
    mikeramsey2
    coffeemug
    coffeemug
    humerosa
    kaidunc
    kaidunc
    simonalexander
    simonalexander
    lisotta
    lisotta
    holly1
    holly1
    amandali
    amandali
    marygrace
    marygrace
    mljordan3
    mljordan3
    b_ukes_101
    b_ukes_101
    ccwuke
    ccwuke
    bzediver
    bzediver
    anirbaf
    anirbaf
    audreyrozowkywiatlucie
    audreyrozowkywiatlucie
    lisamcc
    lisamcc
    mac1984
    mac1984
    surrealflea
    surrealflea
    gardn_gnome
    gardn_gnome
    timolnz
    timolnz
    joannetala
    joannetala
    emiliano
    emiliano
    kirpuff
    kirpuff
    andyrose
    andyrose
    maryjanew
    maryjanew
    kanae926
    kanae926
    ukukelley1
    ukukelley1
    asiakaiser
    asiakaiser
    rustypal
    rustypal
    nitsur
    nitsur
    hotshot
    hotshot
    ukuleleloo
    ukuleleloo
    debb1985
    debb1985
    iyers408
    iyers408
    cloud_cactus
    cimarronsailor
    cimarronsailor
    ronnieg
    ronnieg

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Andrew. Reason: Fixed List
    #38257
    nthibode
    Participant

    Hi Andrew! My name didn’t make it on the list (Premium Member) and brettboy appears for both songs he submitted (sorry Brett!).

    #38259
    maryjanew
    Participant

    @andrew -Thanks for the feedback and tips for helping me. I have a very limited range with my pinky and it is NOT independent from the ring finger! But believe it or not, it is better than it used to be so I will keep working on it.
    And I noticed the bending of the strings when I watched myself back! crazy. I don’t know why my fingers get so jittery under pressure! I will do the exercises for both of those issues.

    #38264
    zerratheterra
    Participant

    @andrew You’re right. I went back and checked the tabs, and listened closer to some of the other entries, and I found it. Started playing with the added note, and got rid of the slide. Much more “in time” now. A shame it’s too late to repost. On to June!

    #38266
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    @maryjanew & @zerratheterra – Thanks guys!


    @nthibode
    – Updated!

    #38291
    emiliano
    Participant

    @Andrew Ya thank you very much for the advice I tend to get carry away with speed, will sit down and take things slowly, also we still in quarentine over here so after we can go out will try to get a proper low g cord for my uke, so will be posting and update of my practice in the proper section in the future, have a nice day!

    #38307
    lhamilton
    Participant

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the feedback on Into the North. I’ll keep playing with it. Any feedback on the Malagueña? (I know it’s slow and could use more variation and fewer pauses tho 🙂 ). One good thing was that it took fewer recordings to get a version that was at least submittable.

    Linda

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