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  • #61804
    ukealori
    Participant

    PREMIUM MEMBER
    I’ve not posted since Feb of 2023. Just picked up my uke again this month. I feel like I’m starting over, trying to get my fingers to co-operate YIKES! I am still working on my speed, any faster and I completely fall apart. My transitions are not smooth yet, but I have worked hard to get this far so here goes nothin 🙂

    CLOCKS

    Thanks for the great teaching and support on this site.

    #61805
    nat-uke
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER

    I have been working on “Clocks” this month. I must say it was pretty easy to memorize, but for me much tougher to play than it seemed like it should have been. That last section required some gymnastics that my fingers weren’t used to – haha. I count as a success though because I didn’t skip this song just because it had bar chords LOL 😉
    -Natalie

    #61807
    sakifelrosa
    Participant

    This is my attempt at Dream a Little Dream. There are a few things I do still need to work on but for only one day of practice I think I did a pretty good job.

    #61808
    ruthie-roo
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER.

    I’m still pretty new to this (both ukeing & filming) but here’s my best attempt at “Dream a Little Dream of Me” – slightly adapted because I really wanted to try playing it on the baritone.

    Thanks all for sharing your music, it’s inspiring to see so much talent.

    #61809
    kelsey91
    Participant

    Hi all! Here is my entry for this month with “clocks” just in the nick of time. 😉 (I’m a premium member). I liked learning this song just didn’t have as much time to practice as I wanted to. I’ve been playing a lot with my local uke group and am in the middle of moving as well. I know with practice I can get the transitions and each section better but this is the best I can get at the moment! Thanks for the lessons. Who else is ready for summer ? 🙂

    #61810
    maryjanew
    Participant

    I Am A Premium Member
    “Clocks”
    I think I had too much coffee today because my fingers were so jittery! We were out of town last weekend for a family “Wake” or “memorial” and forgot to grab my Uke as my hubby was pressuring me out the door!!😜 I could have had more days to practice. ugh!😩
    Anyway, this is what I have done so far. The ending is almost impossible, needs lots of work!
    I love this song and will keep working on it. I would love to work this finger style version in with a singing version. Any suggestions on how I should arrange that???

    #61811
    karela
    Participant

    Video link

    Hi, I’m a premium member. Hope his works. Kind of a newbie.

    Karen

    #61812
    dianna
    Participant

    I posted earlier this month, but continued working on Dream a Little Dream. Andrew had recommended working with a clicker/metronome which I did. Then a couple days ago, I grabbed a backing track from U-tube to help keep tempo consistent. I don’t usually play with my thumb so that felt a little awkward……still not perfect….and the backing track was faster than I was used to…..so probably could keep on improving….

    Great month…..impressive submissions…..also, I loved all the songs thanks Rock Class 101.

    #61813
    cimarronsailor
    Participant

    I am a premium member.

    Here’s my try at Dream A Little Dream.

    #61814
    mmorishige
    Participant

    I am a Premium member
    My bad version of clocks

    #61815
    sarahd
    Participant

    I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER. Still struggling with certain bars and I’m sure I’ll play it much more smoothly and less panicked tomorrow but I’m cutting it really fine already. Here’s Clocks.

    #61821
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here’s everyone on page 7.


    @jcneedles
    – I thought you did a great job JC! One way to get over the ‘recording nerves’ is to record your practice sessions. That’ll get you accustomed to being recorded, but also serves as a great way to review how you did. With this tune, your playing sounds great! I’d work on one 8 bar section at a time and focus on keeping the tempo steady. Then do the same for the next 8 bars, then piece it together, so 1-16. Continue with the same approach for the rest of the tune.


    @brettboy
    – Pacing and feel was superb. Always a pleasure to listen to your performances, Brett! I’ll share it with Steven, I’m sure he’d love to watch it too 🙂


    @amilylaw
    – Beautifully played! I like how you used rubato, but be careful not to extend notes beyond their recognized value. For example, in bar 5, the open notes sounded like quarter notes instead of eighths. I’m hearing similar things in a few spots in the A melody. The B melody’s rhythm was solid and easy to distinguish.


    @grannieannie
    – Very well played Annie! Check out this post that I made earlier this month for Gi Gi. It offers a video tip with a barre chord exercise you can include in your warmup routine.


    @jlbross
    – I thought you did an awesome job, Jennifer! All I think that’s needed is a little more practice to smooth things out. So my suggestion is to target one section each day in your practice.


    @frederic
    – That was a fantastic performance, Frederic! Great feel and phrasing in your playing. One thing I noticed is that you repeated the B section instead of going back to the A melody to end the tune. Another suggestion I have is to work on gradually increasing the tempo of the overall performance. Not by much, just a little bit 🙂

    #61822
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here’s everyone on page 8.


    @jayton
    – Excellent fingerpicking! The only suggestion I have, as you continue to practice, is to play along with a metronome to help keep the tempo steady throughout all the sections.


    @richard_siegert
    – Well done Richard! The main thing I’d suggest is working to bring the second (verse) and third sections (bridge) up to speed of the first section (piano riff). That way the tempo remains constant throughout. For the last section, I’d recommend keeping the double barre intact throughout (11 11 10 10), that’ll make transitions between the fingerpicked chords seamless 🙂


    @jebergeron
    – Well done JP! I’d offer the same advice I left above for Jayton. BTW, incredible job on the ending section! Each note rang crystal clear! Very impressive!


    @rgillof
    – Excellent performance Richard! I’d focus most of your practice on the Bridge to bring it up to the same speed as the other sections. The chords in the last section are tough to fret! Are you playing this on a concert? If you have a tenor, that would make it easier to do as the frets would be larger.


    @synchronal
    – Well done Karen! The one thing I would work on is the Bridge. I’m hearing a bit of deviation from how it’s suppose to be played. So you may want to revisit the lesson video for that section. And TY so much for the kind words!


    @potter
    – Beautiful performance Jen! The barres sounded great to me 🙂


    @riley_ukulele
    – Another beautiful performance, Riley! I really enjoy listening to your performances and the harmonics at the end where a nice touch!


    @jody_hendrickson
    – Very nicely played Jody! Great feel and pacing throughout. I think you’re at the fine tuning stage for sure, although A LOT of it already sounds super polished. It was a pleasure to listen to 🙂


    @mysticrick
    – That was amazing Rick! You’ve got all the parts sounding great and nicely locked into the groove. My only suggestion is to memorize everything so you can focus 100% on your playing. And then of course, gradually work to boost it up to 100% speed. But all your hard work has paid off, it was epic! 👏

    #61825
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here is everyone on page 9.


    @ukealori
    – Welcome back, Lori! It’s tough taking a break because we often feel a little rusty, but honestly, I thought you did a great job! Both piano riffs sound spot on, especially the final one, which is a toughy! Big props for getting the notes to ring out nicely there.

    I’d focus most of your practice on the verse and the bridge. Try playing along with the tab player, slowed down, in synthetic mode. That’s a great way to practice keeping the tempo steady through all the transitions.


    @nat-uke
    – Bravo, Natalie! Well done on the timing and tempo. There are only two sections I’d target in your practice. The first is the bridge, as that’s the only section where I heard the tempo deviate. Try to bring that up to par with the other sections. Also, practice the transition going into the A minor chord in the verse. See if you can clean that chord hit up. Overall, very well done!


    @sakifelrosa
    – Wow, Isaac! That is very impressive for one day! There are a few bars where I hear the rhythm deviate a little from the melody. Try singing the words or melody along while playing to help lock the timing in a little more.


    @ruthie-roo
    – Beautifully played! I like your adaptations, and the ending was a nice touch 🙂


    @kelsey91
    – Nicely played, Kelsey! I think you’ve got a great base established. Try working on one section at a time with a focus on timing and tempo.


    @maryjanew
    – I thought you played it beautifully, MJ! For singing, I think there are two approaches you could take. One is to sing over it as is, but that means you’d be playing the chord melody while also doubling the melody with your voice, which seems a bit redundant, in my opinion. Therefore, I’d probably re-write the uke part to focus on the harmony only, while your voice provides the melody. But you could have a little bit of fun with it by singing one verse, then switching to chord melody for the next. That way, you still get to play this arrangement as well 🙂

    P.S. Well done on the last chord section, very impressive! Those chord shapes intimidate me lol, and you breezed through them with crystal clarity!


    @karela
    – Great fingerpicking and an awesome first post, Karen! The one thing I’d suggest working on is timing and tempo. Try using the tab player in synthetic mode and slowing it down to a comfortable pace. Turn the metronome on and loop one section at a time. Try to lock in perfectly with the playback, and when you feel comfortable, start to increase the tempo. Work on one section at a time.


    @dianna
    – That was awesome, Dianna! Great idea to source a jam track. You were locked in, grooving with the band the entire time. This is BIG progress. I don’t have the words to describe how great this was. Amazing job!


    @cimarronsailor
    – Lovely performance, great playing throughout!


    @mmorishige
    – That was not bad at all. I thought you did a great job on each section of the song. The only thing I noticed worth mentioning was the E string sounded a little off. Friendly reminder to tune before recording 😉


    @sarahd
    – That was very well played! Great job on the timing, pacing, and feel. And of course, for making it just in the nick of time lol 🙂

    #61826
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Wow! 68 members joined us for this month’s challenge! Watching everyone’s performance has been a pleasure for Stephen and I. BIG thanks to each of you who participated and bravo on a job well done!

    Our June Challenge is LIVE and the theme is: Movie 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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    deadbuggy
    planetfink
    planetfink
    lyndallk
    lyndallk
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    willw18
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    dianna
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    joe150
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    annemarie
    madhuri
    ccwuke
    ccwuke
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    suekulele
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    mkstewart67
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    clempek
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    misterbones
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    hiouke
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    kanique
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    jgillard
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    bibilele
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    marianne
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    jedart
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    lhamilton
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    otzepeng
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    gstriph
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    karenj
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    ukandrea
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    anyon1
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    ldarrow
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    addilein
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    mmoynihan
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    The_Bumble_Bard
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    emiliano
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    andyrose
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    janaq1
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    leb397
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    shmu88
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    Nico_uke
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    rafaela
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    abster
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    anikali
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    terryfallon3
    jcneedles
    jcneedles
    brettboy
    brettboy
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    amilylaw
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    grannieannie
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    jlbross
    frederic
    frederic
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    jayton
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    richard_siegert
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    jebergeron
    rgillof
    rgillof
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    potter
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    riley_ukulele
    jody_hendrickson
    jody_hendrickson
    mysticrick
    mysticrick
    ukealori
    ukealori
    nat-uke
    nat-uke
    sakifelrosa
    ruthie-roo
    ruthie-roo
    kelsey91
    kelsey91
    maryjanew
    maryjanew
    karela
    karela
    cimarronsailor
    cimarronsailor
    mmorishige
    mmorishige
    sarahd
    sarahd

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