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More episodes of Ukulele Challenge
Hey UUers!

On previous episodes of Ukulele Challenge, Aldrine has figured out songs like Koi, Fool, and Stallion. This time the guys hit the road and challenge Aldrine to figure out as many songs as possible while they drive from Kapa'a to Princeville. As they pass through different towns, they also sample a number of different genres including Motown, Latin Pop, and Punk.

If you're curious about how Aldrine is figuring out all of these songs, he's using music theory concepts to make educated guesses. Check out Ukulele 102 and our Music Theory course to learn some of these ideas.

Even if you're not familiar with music theory, challenge yourself to figure out a song. It doesn't have to be difficult, any challenge big or small will help you to become a better ukulele player! Have fun and keep growing!

Aloha,
-UU Staff

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Ukulele Underground by Kira, Blog – Ukulele Underground - 2w ago

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The post TLL Podcast #66 – A Teaching Moment appeared first on Ukulele Underground.

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Learn to play "Bennie And The Jets" by Elton John


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Download the Picking TABS for "Bennie And The Jets":
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Check out the Chords and Lyrics for "Bennie And The Jets"

Play along with the ukulele cover of "Bennie And The Jets" (Elton John) performed by Aldrine Guerrero. There are a bunch of chords to this song, but feel free to dive right in and try out the Play-Along above. If you need some extra help learning this song, start with STEP 1 below:

STEP 1 - The Chords

The Intro to this song consists of 2 chords, Gmaj7(0222), Fmaj7(5500):


The diagram for the Gmaj7 also has some faded dots on the A string 5th and 7th frets, while the Fmaj7 has a faded dot on the E string 3rd fret. Don't worry about these for now, but you will need them when you learn the Intro Riff (Step 4), so make sure you keep a few fretting fingers free to be able to hold these down.

For the Verse you'll need to know the following chords:

Am(2000), D7(2223), Gmaj7(0222), G#dim(1212), Em(0432), Bm7(2222), and Cmaj7(0002)

For the Chorus, you'll need also need to know C(0003), D(2220), and C7(3433):


Practice holding each chord and memorize the names of each chord. When you can see the name of the chord and instantly know how to hold it, you're ready to move on.

STEP 2 - Chord Switching

Now that you can hold all of the chords and know them by name, you need to be able to switch chords smoothly. Play along with the practice video below and be sure to switch to the next chord right on time with Aldrine. There are some quick changes here, so you may find pairs of chords that you aren't able to switch quickly enough between. In those cases, isolate the two chords and practice switching between them over and over again on your own until the switch is smooth.

Once you can hold the chords, switch between them, and play them at the right times, you can already play the song! Go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the whole song, holding the chords and strumming them once, right when they change. Great job, you've just played the beginner version of this song.

STEP 3 - The Strumming

Now that you're able to switch to all of the right chords at the right times, let's work on the strumming. In the video we'll be cycling through the chords Am, D7, Gmaj7, and G#dim. Aldrine starts off with a simple down-up-down-up strum, then starts adding emphasis to the first beat, then starts adds chunks. Try your best to watch, listen, and copy what you hear and see on the screen. If at any point the strumming becomes too difficult, just keep strumming the last rhythm you felt comfortable with.

As soon as you are able to play along with any of the strumming examples shown in the strumming video, you can now add rhythm to the song! Go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the whole song, switching through the chords and using the strumming rhythm that you learned.

STEP 4 - The Riffs

Now that you're able to hold the chords and strum the song, it's time to add some fancy riffs to it. Aldrine explains the Intro Riff, which incorporates the first two chords that you learned for this song, Gmaj7 and Fmaj7:

At the very end of the song there is another Ending Riff, which incorporates really quick fingerpicking patterns for each of the two chords:

When you can do either of these riffs proficiently, feel free to go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the song, adding the riffs in.

STEP 5 - The Picking

If you're really adventurous, Aldrine created an ukulele picking part and added it to the middle of the song. This is the picking that he usually plays when performing this tune on stage. Check out the slowed-down video below to help you practice the picking. If you need even more help, check out the TABS for the picking: Please login to access the Picking TAB for this song (.pdf)

That's everything - be sure to test your skills by playing along with the Play-Along video at the top of the page. This one is a pretty involved song, with lots of intricate moving parts. So whether you're a total beginner now able to hold and strum just a couple of the chords at the right times or an advanced player who made it all the way though to the picking part pretty easily, congratulations! Keep playing, keep practicing, and keep having fun with that uke of yours. And as always, if you have any questions, we got your back. Have a great one UUers!

Aloha,
-UU Staff

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Ukulele Underground by Kira, Blog – Ukulele Underground - 3w ago

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Ukulele Underground by Kira, Blog – Ukulele Underground - 1M ago

Restring Ukuleles, Student Reviews, & Singing with Soul

On this week's episode, the guys offer some advice and tips for restringing ukuleles. They each share their own approach to tying knots during the restringing process. Aldrine offers feedback for a couple of Student Reviews which lead the guys to a conversation about playing with other people.

Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989

Questions Asked this Week:
1:40 How do you deal with new strings slipping out of the tuning peg?

7:05 How Aldrine ties the bridge knot.

16:15 What do you do if your bridge hole is too big for your string's knot?

23:05 Alan's Student Review

31:25 Marc's Student Review

41:40 Mixing it up during practice

45:10 Knowing what each other will be playing

53:00 Singing with Soul

References/resources for this video:
Uke Minutes - How to Restring Your Ukulele
Website - Martin Strings

UU+ Forum - Alan's Student Review
UU+ Forum - Marc's Student Review

Uke Lesson - I Like Me Better
Uke Lesson - What's Up
Uke Lesson - Tonight You Belong To Me
Uke Lesson - Straight to the Heart
Uke Lesson - Drop Baby, Drop
Aloha Friday Live Concert - How Can I Get Over

Uke Lesson - Under the Boardwalk (Featuring Randell)
Youtube - Aloha Friday Live Concert (See Aaron's Strum)
Youtube - Ernie Cruz Jr
Youtube - Replay (Aldrine Guerrero)
Youtube - Benny Chong

Youtube - Jason Arimoto
UU Market - Blues Ukulele With Jason Arimoto
Youtube - For Once In My Life (Karlie G at Namm)
Youtube - Karlie G, Aldrine and Willie K playing Hale'iwa Hula

UU+ Solos - Glass Ball Slack Key
Aloha Friday Jam - Replay (The Aldrine and Kahai Show)

Live Lesson Podcast Archive
Old Live Lesson Archive (August 7th, 2014 - March 1st, 2018)

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

Post Videos to Student Review
Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
Send Questions to Questions@ukuleleunderground.com
Call in Questions to our TLL Voicemail: (650)761-0989

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Ukulele Underground by Kira, Blog – Ukulele Underground - 1M ago

Finger Stretches, Barre Chords, and Hand Strain

We've done The Plate Lunch Episode, we've done The Meatball Sub Episode, and now we bring you The Loco Moco Episode. Despite being fueled up on loco mocos, and without our voice of reason (Aaron "the Voice" Nakamura) the guys still manage to stay on track and answer a variety of ukulele questions. They talk about how to stretch out your hands and free up your pinky for wider chords. Mike offers some insight into slash chords, and Aldrine struggles but manages to demonstrate campanellas. The guys spend the majority of the lesson talking about barre chords and how to hold them without straining your hands.

Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989

Questions Asked this Week:
5:25 Playing a chord that requires a stretch of the pinky.

17:05 What are slash chords?

21:50 Can you talk about campanellas?

30:30 Any tips for holding barre chords?

38:05 Playing without straining your hand.

45:20 It's not the uke, it's you. Keep going!

References/resources for this video:
TLL Podcast #42 – The Plate Lunch Episode
TLL Podcast #16 – The Meatball Sub Episode
Yelp - Roland's Mix Plate
Yelp - Roland's Loco Moco
TLL Podcast #56 – Chicken Wings and Thwip Thwip Swing

Ukulele 102 - Week 2: Arpeggios and Finger Picking
Master Class - Essential Elements of Soloing with Chris Salvador (Part 1)
Ukulele 102 – Week 1: Warming Up Your Ukulele

Amazon - John King The Classical Ukulele

Ukulele 101 - Week 7: Chords, Chords, Chords
Ukulele Webcam Sessions - Focused Fretting Fingers

Website - Mim's Ukes
Website - The Ukulele Site

Uke Lesson - Waiting in Vain
Songs Made Easy - Waiting in Vain

Live Lesson Podcast Archive
Old Live Lesson Archive (August 7th, 2014 - March 1st, 2018)

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

Post Videos to Student Review
Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
Send Questions to Questions@ukuleleunderground.com
Call in Questions to our TLL Voicemail: (650)761-0989

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Ukulele Underground by Kira, Blog – Ukulele Underground - 1M ago

Hammer Ons, Herb Ohta Jr, & Thumb Picks

On this week's Live Lesson, Aldrine and the guys answers a wide range of ukulele questions. They covers everything from hammer ons to thumb picks. Aldrine also talks about some of his wish list questions that he would ask Herb Ohta Jr during a private lesson. A rarity for TLL, Aldrine also welcomes non ukulele questions. They close out the lesson by talking about dead strings and the sun's effect on strings and ukuleles in general.

Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989

Questions Asked this Week:
1:35 How do you improve the volume of your hammer ons?

8:05 Hammer on multiple notes

18:30 Where do your parents live?

22:45 Why Aldrine loves Kauai.

25:55 Why did Aaron go to college in Fort Collins?

30:35 What extra curricular activities did you do in Colorado?

33:40 What would you want to ask Herb Ohta Jr in a private lesson?

41:20 Wound or unwound low G?

44:45 What's your opinion on thumb picks?

51:05 Polished wound low G strings

52:40 The sun's effects on strings and ukes.

References/resources for this video:
Uke Minutes - Hammer Ons
Ukulele 101 - Week 10: Picking on the Ukulele
Uke Minutes - Pull Offs

UU+ Form - Weekly 1-on-1 Coaching forum (UU+ Members)
Calendar - Schedule a Private Lesson (UU+ Members)
UU+ Forum - Student Reviews (UU+ Members)
Uke Lesson - Amazing Grace
Uke Lesson - Come and Get Your Love

Youtube - Europa (Herb Ohta Jr.)
Youtube - Europa (Brittni Paiva)
Youtube - Europa (Pure Heart)
Youtube - Herb Ohta Jr. He Aloha No O Honolulu
Youtube - Herb Ohta Jr. Honolulu City Lights
Youtube - Kalei Gamiao

Website - PhD Strings
UU - Merch Store

Uke Minutes - How to Shape a Thumb Pick

Live Lesson Podcast Archive
Old Live Lesson Archive (August 7th, 2014 - March 1st, 2018)

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

Post Videos to Student Review
Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
Send Questions to Questions@ukuleleunderground.com
Call in Questions to our TLL Voicemail: (650)761-0989

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