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    Hi Rock Class 101 Community!

    We are back with site member challenge #19! WOW, there has now been over 475+ 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 2 Rock Class 101 Fingerpicking Etude Themed Genre Lessons:

    1) Fingerpicking Etude no. 13 * – This etude is jam-packed with concepts and playing techniques that will help the beginner player transition to the intermediate level. * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    2) Fingerpicking Etude no. 14 * – In this etude, you will learn a syncopated strumming pattern that will not only challenge you rhythmically, but will also help towards increasing reach in your left hand pinky. * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    ** 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. 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: Fingerpicking Etude no. 13

    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 Piece: Fingerpicking Etude no. 14

    3. Participation Goal: 25 Rock Class 101 Member Participant Videos/MP3 posted.



    1. Post your Youtube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud links of you playing 1 of the 2 Fingerpicking Etude pieces anytime between Saturday, September 1st till Sunday, September 30th, 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) –

    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.

    * 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. This fee will be collected by Uke Republic. If you do not wish to pay the shipping fee, we can award you a gift card to Uke Republic for an amount equal to the giveaway prize(s).


    Giveaway Rules:

    There will be 1 winner, selected by random drawing on October 7th, 2018. To qualify to win, you must submit your audio and/or video links of your playing by the deadline listed above.

    Grand Prize:

    1) $249 Grand Prize! Includes:

    A) Islander MC4-RB Concert Ukulele


    * Please note: the picture and link depict the MC-4 model, not the MC-4-RB; which is a higher-end ukulele featuring a beautiful tortoise binding and rosette. I was unable to find a link/picture as I believe this model may have been discontinued. But, the video below does shows the RB model.




    Uke Republic:



    Let’s crush this challenge!

    • This topic was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Andrew.

    Great song picks Andrew. This month I think I can do both, so that is my goal. I can do the first song but it could use some cleaning up and speeding up, and I’ve been obsessing over the second one since you posted it on Friday.

    Whoever wins will be lucky. I love my Islander. Is this related to your fancy sparkly new endorsement?


    Heres my entry to this month’s challenge 😊


    Yes, Lisa! Kanile’a/Islander and I will be working together to feature more of their ukes 🙂


    I just got a new uke and decided to record this one using the onboard pickup and amp. I got a little carried away by the echo/sound and played some sections too many times, some too few, but what the heck. And, I threw in a ‘big city lick’ at the end to justify the cutaway 😉 Great song, lots of fun to play!


    Hey! This month, I tried playing both tunes to challenge myself. Here’s how they turned out:

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by hafeez3115.

    Oh yeah, and for fingerpicking etude 14 you might want to turn the volume up a little, its quite soft :/

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by hafeez3115.

    Great job, deadbuggy! I like the changes/add ons you’ve made. And the effects are great, too!


    hafeez3115, it sounds great…even soft!


    Thank you!


    Thanks, Stephen! I really love the song. It’s my new ‘play something you really like first thing’ song 🙂


    Awesome to see a few performances in so early in the month 🙂

    jakeypoo, very well done! Great laid-back feel, tone, and picking form. Keep up the great work 🙂 I can tell from instagram you practice a ton!

    deadbuggy, I love that you take it and make it your own! Love the embellishments, they really add to the piece – especially that end lick, super cool!

    hafeez3115, awesome job! Let’s start with number 13: Great playing throughout. Timing was spot-on, as was the feel of the piece. My only suggestion for you is to keep working on the ending, the ritardando. You want to practice a little bit more so that it sounds a bit more natural and smooth as it comes to a resolution. Think of it like driving a car, when you see the light turn yellow, you gradually come to a stop at red.

    Practice singing the ending with a nice smooth slow down, and then try it on the instrument. That’s always a unique way to practice that helps a lot.

    And for number 14, here is a video with some tips:


    Andrew, I REALLY enjoy this etude (coincidentally, 13 is also my favorite number). It’s so pretty and I love playing it. It was already my “next to learn” piece when you included it in this month’s challenge, so thank you!!

    Sorry for the terrible lighting and soft sound…

    Happy Labor Day (for those of you in the US)! I hope you’re having a great holiday Monday. 🙂


    Beautiful playing, Kanni! Happy to hear you enjoy it, I had fun writing it 🙂 I thought your performance was great! The only tip I have is to continue practicing timing, with a focus on keeping the piece steady. Keep up the great work tho, I can hear improvement!


    Thanks for the feedback Andrew, I’ll try to add those to my playing 🙂 Am I allowed to submit another video with the feedback implemented?

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by hafeez3115.
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