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    Hi Rock Class 101 Community!

    We are back with a VERY SPECIAL site member challenge #68! We’re teaming up with Kanile’a ‘Ukulele and Uke Republic to give away an INCREDIBLE Kanile’a 2021 Platinum Ukulele! This tenor sized model is crafted with Master Grade Koa wood and retails for $6,000 USD.

    I am beyond humbled to say that there has now been over 3,600+ members participating in our challenges! AMAZING! 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) Luigi’s Mansion Theme * – Learn a spooky-sounding melody!

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    2) Animal Crossing: New Horizons Theme * – Learn the heartwarming theme to the happiest video game of 2020.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    3) Song of Storms – In this ukulele and piano duet, you’ll learn a beautiful melody that’s played alongside a rich, harmonic backdrop. This song is one of the most popular tunes from the Zelda video game series.

    Note: Requires Low G Ukulele. If you choose this song, you MUST perform to the backing track. The backing track requires premium membership to download it.

    4) Great Fairy Fountain * – Learn one of the most beautiful songs from The Legend of Zelda.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    5) Zelda’s Lullaby Theme – An enchanting piece from the Zelda video game series.

    ** 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. **



    1. Seasoned Beginner Level: Be able to play one of the lessons as shown by Andrew smoothly and in time. Don’t worry about trying to play fast; slow and steady wins the race 🙂

    Recommended Piece: “Song of Storms”

    2. Intermediate Level: Be able to play one of the lessons as shown by Andrew smoothly and in time. Don’t worry about trying to play fast; slow and steady wins the race 🙂

    Recommended Piece: “Luigi’s Mansion Theme”, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons Theme”, OR “Great Fairy Fountain”

    3. 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: “Zelda’s Lullaby”

    4. Participation Goal: 100 Rock Class 101 Member Participant Videos/MP3 posted.



    1. Post your Youtube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud links of you playing 1 of the 5 RC101 pieces anytime between Tuesday, November 1st till Wednesday, November 30th, 11:59pm EST.

    The upload feature on the site does not support audio or video. Members must host their own files. Creating an account is easy and free 🙂 Here are the links to create an account:

    YouTube (For Video) –

    SoundCloud (For Audio) –

    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.



    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 (as this ukulele is very expensive, shipping costs may exceed this amount. It will be shipped insured). This fee will be collected by Uke Republic. You are also responsible for any custom fees or duties.


    Giveaway Rules:

    There will be 6 chances for you to win this ukulele:


    First Chance: Participate in our April Challenge: Classical Songs!

    Second Chance: Participate in our May Challenge: Beatles Songs!

    Third Chance: Participate in our June Challenge: A Night at the Opera!


    Fourth Chance: Participate in our October Challenge: Halloween Themed!

    Fifth Chance: Participate in our November Challenge: Video Game Songs!

    Sixth Chance: Participate in our December Challenge.

    Basic (free) members will receive 1 entry for each month they participate in, while Premium members will receive 2 entries.

    On July 4th at 12pm EST, I went live on our YouTube channel to pick 1 member by random drawing that was AWARDED 10 EXTRA ENTRIES. The lucky winner was @brettboy. This event marked the end of our Spring Challenges (April, May, June).

    We took a break for July, August, and September. But now we’re back and you’ll have 3 more chances to win in our Fall Challenges (October, November, December).

    On Christmas Eve (December 24th at 12 PM EST), I will be live streaming on our YouTube channel, picking 1 member by random drawing that will WIN this AMAZING Kanile’a Ukulele!

    To qualify to win, you must submit your audio and/or video links of your playing by the deadline listed above.

    Basic members can earn up to 6 entries for the prize.

    Premium members can earn up to 12 entries for the prize.

    You must have an “active” premium membership at the time you submit your performance. Active membership means that your membership HAS NOT expired. This does not mean that you cannot cancel auto re-bills. If you sign up for monthly membership (valid for 30 days) on the 15th of November and cancel your membership the same day, then submit your performance on the 16th (the next day), you are still considered an “active” premium member. The same concept applies for annual membership or gift card membership (3 or 6 month membership).

    YOU MUST WRITE “I AM A PREMIUM MEMBER” ON YOUR PERFORMANCE SUBMITTAL POST. Please write this phrase in its own line. For example:


    I will only award 2 entries to premium members that write this line. It would be too time consuming to check if everyone who submits is a premium member. If you do not write this, you WILL NOT receive 2 entries.

    PRIZE COLLECTION & PAST WINNERS: The winner of this year’s Kanile’a will have until March 1st, 2023 to claim and collect their prize. If they do not, another winner will be selected by random drawing on March 2nd, 2023. 

Previous Kanile’a winners are more than welcome to participate, but will not receive an entry for the prize.

    Grand Prize:

    1) $6,000 Grand Prize! Includes:

    A) 2021 Kanile’a Platinum Model Ukulele (Includes: a hard case by Stagg)














    Kanile’a Original, TRU-Relief Tenor Body
    Master Grade Front, Back, and Sides
    TRU Bracing V3
Mass Reduction Interior
    Magnetic Back Access Panel
    Ebony Radiused Fingerboard, Ebony Bridge, and Ebony Head Plate
    Platinum Crown Slotted Headstock
    Gotoh Stealth Gold Tuners with Kanile’a Knobs
    Ebony Bridge Pins
    NuBone Nut and Saddle
    Gloss Body, Silk Neck Finish
    Ebony Side Position Markers
    Curly Koa Headplate Inlay
    Curly Koa Leaf Position Markers Inlay on Fingerboard in Koa
    Curly Koa Leaf Inlay on the Bridge
    Koa Leaf Sound Hole with Curly Maple Trim
    Koa Leaf Side Sound Port with Maple Trim
    Curly Maple Front and Back Binding
    Curly Maple Fretboard Binding
    Curly Maple Head-Stock Binding
    Curly Maple Back Strip
    Curly Maple Tail Strip
    Curly Maple Bevel
    Curly Maple Heel Cap
    Worth Clear Strings with Wound Low G

    Other Features: Includes a hard case by Stagg




    Uke Republic:

    AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU! Let’s crush this challenge!



    Hi hi,

    I am a huge fan of the Zelda series and so happy about the recent tutorials! 🙂
    I learned Song of Storms right after it came out. This was also the first time that I played the backing track by myself and combined ukulele and piano.
    However, the downloadable backing track is a bit different than what AJ played, so I sticked to the notes AJ played in the performance version (there were a few notes less).
    I recorded both parts with the piano backing track on headphones, but after the piano break, the ukulele and piano are slightly out off sync, but after a bar, it is synced again.
    That was a lot fun! I also started learning Great Fairy Fountain and my index finger already hurts from all the barre chords haha 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by johanna2509.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by johanna2509.


    I anticipated the monthly challenge, so I recorded zelda lullaby this afternoon.
    I know I don’t have the skills for this song, but I started with rock class for this song. I will keep working to succed this song one day.

    I also want to work the zelda fairy fountain but I have a question :
    do you have a tips to pluck like you strumm ? (it’s beautiful in the song but i can’t coordinate my thumb with the orther finger).

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by clempek.

    @clempek – Check out this lesson to learn the pluck/strum technique 🙂


    @Andrew : nice, Thx 🙂


    @johanna2509 – beautifully interpreted! I wish I could play piano. You went the extra mille! And nailed it!

    @clempeck – In no way this tune is behind your skills. It sounds supermooth and calming to my ears. This is not an easy task, giving that it is a challenging song for the left hand. You killed it!

    I Love this month’s challenge. It starts strong with you two 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by rebeca.

    I already posted that on Youtube but man this Challenge is going hard! I’ve been playing the LoZ Games for 25 years now and it is by far my most beloved Video Game franchise. Choosing between any of the three Songs will be quite the ordeal.

    Nice work @clempek and @johanna2509 for already Posting such great work 🙂

    Happy Playing everyone & good Luck!


    @rebeca : thanx for the kinds words. You are adorable

    : happy playing too


    Hi @clempek – I had really hard time to teach my fingers pluck/strum technique. So I googled guitar technique called “rolling a chord” and found some extra tips and exercises. My thumb is not very cooperative yet too 🙂

    Also have to say how happy I am about this month theme 🙂 . I absolutely love all the choices! These Japanese composers just have some edge what makes the music captivating. I literally had tears in my eyes, when I was very first time able to play couple bars of “Zeldas Lullaby”…

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by evapaju.

    @evapaju :thank you very much for the advice
    I will watch and work on all of this 🙂 🙂


    Thank you @rebeca and @sir_anzalot!
    I guess you can just start learning piano, you don’t have to build calluses haha 🙂
    It is indeed hard to choose which song to learn of all the Zelda tunes, so I just learn all of them 🙂



    I recorded this recently and also uploaded on the website, just wanted to submit it as this month’s entry so it gets more exposure. Will upload another entry in the next few weeks, hope I can get feedback on it, even though it won’t count as an entry.


    @Andrew I’m working on Zelda’s Lullabye and I notice that at the end of measure 7 you seem to play an extra note I’m not seeing on the page. Should I ignore that or add it in?

    By the way, it’s so impressive to see the admissions so far. They are so good.


    @gi_gi_ – I’m not seeing an extra note. Tab player is spot on.


    @Andrew oops, I meant measure 12.

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