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How to Tremolo Pick on Ukulele – 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.

How to Use Rubato on Ukulele – 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 on Ukulele! – 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.

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 Technique – 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.

Understanding & Using 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

Published 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.

Ukulele Barre Chord Tutorial – 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.

Mastering 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.