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    Hi Rock Class 101 Community!

    We are back with site member challenge #66! WOW, there has now been over 3,500+ 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 5 RC101 Lessons:

    1) “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran * – A fun fingerstyle take on a classic summer song!

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    2) “Island in the Sun” by Weezer * – A fun take on a song that exudes summer vibes.

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    3) “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry * – A feel good, summertime jam!

    * Taught in its entirety for FREE!

    4) “Misirlou” by Dick Dale – Learn an iconic surf rock guitar riff on ukulele! But wait, there’s more! This song is arranged as a ukulele duet with a full band backing track (Drums & U-Bass); which makes this lesson infinitely more fun to play!

    Note: Performing to the backing track is required. Premium membership is required to download the backing tracks.

    5) “Bodysurfing” by Herb Ohta – This instrumental jam is one of the most iconic compositions tied to ukulele music! Our version pays tribute to this in an exciting way as we’ve arranged it as a high-energy duet!

    Note: You can choose either ukulele part to play (ukulele #1 or ukulele #2). Performing to the backing track is required. Premium membership is required to download the backing tracks.

    ** 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: “Summertime Blues”

    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 Pieces: “Island in the Sun” [INTERMEDIATE], “In the Summertime” [INTERMEDIATE], “Misirlou” [ADVANCED], “Bodysurfing” [ADVANCED]

    3. Participation Goal: 50 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 Thursday, September 1st until Friday, September 30th, 11:59pm EST.

    The upload feature on the site only supports photos. 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. This fee will be collected by Uke Republic. You are also responsible for any custom fees or duties.


    Giveaway Rules:

    There will be 1 winner, selected by random drawing on October 5th. To qualify to win, you must submit your audio and/or video links of your playing by the deadline listed above.

    Grand Prize:

    1) $130 Grand Prize:

A) Ortega RUPA5 Pineapple Concert Ukulele

    B) Kala Padded Tropical Print Gig Bag




    Uke Republic:

    Let’s crush this challenge!


    Can you enter with a submission using a uke with a low G string?


    I admit I had a head start. I love the arrangement of In the Summertime and I was hoping it would be in the September challenge. I made a couple adjustments for my low G, added a metronome and slowed it a bit to 120.


    @mark1256 that was great! Makes me want to learn that song this month!


    @rosewerther – Which song are you asking about?

    – Excellent timing, groove, and feel throughout. Well done, Mark! I’ll be sure to send it to Steven to watch. He’ll love it 🙂


    I’m fairly new to playing, so I would be doing “Summertime Blues”


    That song should be fine on low G. You may have to change a note here or there, but you can reference Mark’s take above as he played it on low G and made some minor adjustments 🙂


    Okay, I just played through it on my Low G. There’s only 1 note I’d change. It’s in bar 18 (19 in SS as SS counts the pick-up bar as 1). The 5th fret on string 4 (beat: & of 3). I’d move that up an octave to the 8th fret on string 2. I’d also sub the 5555 (F6) chord for x555 to make that section easier to play. Both of these changes Mark did in his video 🙂


    @jbmills07 thank you. It is possibly my favorite song that I’ve learned.

    thanks. It was fun. I wasn’t sure about slowing it down but it felt much more comfortable to me.


    @ Andrew I’m not sure, but it seems to me that Rosewerther wants to learn “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran, she wrote “I’m fairly new to playing”. Mark1256 played “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry, this is for intermediate.

    In “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran we do not have the 5555 (F6).


    Ohh sorry! I misread the song last night. Thanks for pointing that out @katazumiri 🙂

    For “Summertime Blues” you’ll want to substitute every open G for the G note on the 3rd fret, 2nd string. That’s the only change needed to play it on low G.


    @Andrew, what about for Misirlou or body surfing? Could you play on low G?


    Both of those work for low G 🙂


    Wonderful. Thanks!


    mark1256 – What a great rendition! I love the swing feel you gave it. Top notch performance. Keep up the great work!

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by Steven.
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