Live Lessons Library
All live lessons will be archived and available to stream after the original air date. Premium Members will be able to chat live with Matt & Andrew during the event.
Next Live Lesson
Saturday, December 12th at 12:00pm EST (check your local time zone)
Live Lessons FAQ
Q: What happens in a live lesson, how long is it, and when does it occur?
A: Live lessons are usually 30-45 minutes in length, but can extend until all questions are answered. The first 20 minutes will comprise of the lesson, while the next 10-25 minutes will be a Q&A session for premium members.
Live lessons take place every second Saturday of the month at 12:00pm EST (check your local time zone).
Q: Can I submit questions beforehand?
Q: Who can watch the live stream, how do I watch it, and how do I chat with Matt and other members?
A: Premium members will be able to tune in and watch the livestream. Premium members will also be able to chat live with Matt during the broadcast.
To watch the live stream, simply navigate to the Live Lessons Page. You will see a YouTube video embedded on the page (if you don’t see it, double check that you are logged in).
If you do not wish to participate in the live chat, you can stay on the page and watch the embedded video. If you do wish to participate in the live chat, you will need to sign up for a YouTube account (100% FREE).
To participate in the live chat, click on the embedded YouTube video’s title. This will open up a new tab and take you directly to the video on YouTube’s website. The live chat box can be found to the right of the video (on desktop). For mobile and tablet, the live chat is embedded inside the video and can be turned on or off.
For further clarification, here is a video showing how to do the above (for desktop).
Q: I can’t make the broadcast. When will live streams be released publicly?
A: The live lesson will be released for everyone to view on the Monday following the broadcast (third Monday of the month). If you cannot make the broadcast, no worries; you’ll still be able to watch the lesson. Don’t forget that you can submit questions for Matt to answer beforehand (see the above FAQ).
Watch All Previously Released Live Lessons
Published on November 14, 2020
In this session, I want to tell you about 5 ukulele players I think you should know. These are players that have greatly inspired and influenced me. Be sure to check each of them out!
Published on October 10, 2020
In this session, we’re tackling one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences: What to play when someone asks to hear us play. We’ll share tips to help ease your nerves, as well as, ideas for entering this situation fully prepared.
Published on September 12, 2020
In this month's session, you'll learn 3 steps that will streamline your ability to progress as a musician.
The 3 steps, known as "The 3 E's", are: Education (learning new things), Experience (practicing those new things), and Exposure (getting feedback from someone on those things).
Published on August 8, 2020
In this session, we'll explore the difference between practicing with intent vs. playing things that you've already mastered. Oftentimes, the latter gets a bad rap, but as you'll find out, having a balance between the two helps you become a better player.
Published on July 11, 2020
A commonly asked question in the ukulele world is: What is the difference between High G and Low G ukuleles? In this session, we'll be answering just that! We'll also tackle: The strengths and weaknesses of each; and why you would pick one over the other.
Published on June 9, 2020
Our ukulele journey usually begins by learning to play the instrument in a solo setting. As your skills improve, it's only natural to branch out and perform in an ensemble setting.
And that's what this session is all about! You'll take your first step by learning how to play a riff and strum pattern alongside a drum, bass, and guitar backing track.
Published on May 14, 2020
Tremolo picking is a technique used by many virtuosic players, such as Taimane. In a nutshell, it allows you to play notes on one string at super sonic speeds!
In this session, you'll learn how to perform the technique by using the nail of your thumb.
Published on April 16, 2020
Rubato is a stylistic approach used to amplify emotion in music. This is accomplished through tempo alteration, specifically via speeding up or slowing down in sections. When executed properly, it can add a “human element” to your performance. This creates a nice contrast to playing perfectly in-time, which can come across as sounding robotic.
This session explains when and how to implement rubato. We’ll also cover the pitfalls of abusing it… which can sound like you are playing “out of time”.
Published on March 9, 2020
Music is comprised of 3 elements: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. In this session, we’ll take a look at each element separately before showing you how they come together to create music!
Published on February 10, 2020
The triplet strum is a technique that can be performed in multiple ways. In this session, you'll learn 3 ways to do so! We recommend trying all 3 ways out and picking the one that feels the most comfortable to you.
Published on January 13, 2020
In this session, we’ll take a seasoned beginner piece (“Toss a Coin to Your Witcher”) and show you multiple ways to approach playing it, so that you increase the sustain of your notes and chords. The tips you'll learn in this session can be applied to any song!
Published on November 11, 2019
In this session, we'll look at the pros and cons of fingerpicking with ONLY your thumb. We'll examine musical situations where this method prevails, and others where it may fall short.
Published on October 14, 2019
In this session, you’ll learn the triplet picking technique used in classical guitar mainstays like, “Malagueña.” We’ll cover what triplets are from a rhythmic standpoint, as well as, how this technique creates a tremolo effect on the A string.
Published on September 9, 2019
Do you struggle with memorizing music? In this session, we’ll cover the do’s and don’ts when it comes to learning and memorizing new music.
Published on August 12, 2019
Dynamics breathe life into our performance. But what exactly is it? And how do we incorporate it into our playing? Grab your uke and get ready to make it sing as we dive into the world of dynamics!
Broadcasting on July 8, 2019
Have you ever felt lost or confused when trying to practice with a metronome? Worry not, as this month’s live lesson will lay down a clear path to help you see how rhythm fits within the walls of the “click”.
You’ll also learn why using a metronome is an incredibly valuable tool for practicing.
Published on June 10, 2019
Have you ever learned a song note for note, but it just doesn't sound right? Oftentimes it's not only about playing the correct notes, but rather how you play them.
In this session, you'll learn to train your ear to identify the overall timbre of the piece, as well as, tips and techniques to recreate the feel in your playing.
Published on May 13, 2019
In this session, you’ll learn how to properly fret full and partial barre chords. We’ll also cover the main reasons why barre chords do not ring clear, AND, how to overcome these obstacles.
This lesson will move beyond ONLY barring with the index finger; as we’ll also be tackling chords that require barring with the middle and ring finger.
Published on April 8, 2019
With a name like Rock Class 101, how can we not work on one of Rock's most popular techniques? We'll deep dive into the mechanics behind this technique, while developing a buttery smooth tone along the way.
Published on March 11, 2019
We are usually taught a specific fingering to use when fretting chords; but depending on the context of the music (i.e. transitioning from one chord to the next), the standard fingering may not be the most efficient to use. So how do we determine the correct fingering? That's what we'll be answering in this lesson.
Published on October 7, 2016
In our third episode of 'Live Lessons', we will be discussing how to get the most out of your practice time. I will be providing tips on creating a practice guide and the best way to practice the arrangements on Rock Class 101.
Published on December 21, 2015
In our second episode of 'Live Lessons', we will be discussing proper left hand form when forming chord shapes and playing single notes. This live lesson will accompany a Technique & Theory 101 Lesson.