Live Lessons

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, August 8th 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?

A: Absolutely! One week before the live stream, on the first Monday of the month, there will be a new thread in the Live Lessons Forum which covers what the months lesson will be about. Basic and premium members are welcome to post questions that are related to the topic in the thread.

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

High G vs. Low G Ukulele - EP020

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.

Learn to Jam with a Band - EP019

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.

How to Tremolo Pick - EP018

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.

Create More Emotion in Your Performances by Using Rubato - EP017

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”.

The 3 Building Blocks of Music - EP016

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!

3 Ways to do the Triplet Strum! - EP015

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.

Increasing the Sustain of Notes & Chords - EP014

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!

Simplifying Arrangements - EP013

Published on December 9, 2019

In this session, we’ll take an intermediate level arrangement (“The Sound Of Silence”) and show you how to simplify it to make it more beginner-friendly. The tips you'll learn in this session can be applied to any song!

Pros & Cons of Fingerpicking with Your Thumb - EP012

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.

Triplet Picking! - EP011

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.

Tips for Memorizing Music - EP010

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.

A Beginner's Guide to Dynamics! - EP009

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!

Practicing with a Metronome - EP008

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.

Playing with Finesse - EP007

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.

Barre Chords - EP006

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.

Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs - EP005

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.

Master Chord Transitions - EP004

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.

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Master Practicing - EP003

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.

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Proper Left Hand Form - EP002

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.

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Here Comes the Sun - EP001

Published on October 03, 2015

In our inaugural episode of 'Live Lessons', we will be discussing the arrangement for 'Here Comes the Sun' by The Beatles. I will be demonstrating all the sections of the arrangement in full detail and taking questions from premium members.