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Livestreams, jams, lessons, and more from Ukulele Underground
Every level of player can take part, thanks to onscreen chords, with Ukulele Underground founder Aldrine Guerrero offering strumming, playing, and soloing tips for everyone from the newest beginner to the most advanced ukulele masters! With the help of Aaron "The Voice" Nakamura (aka @anaka), Kahai "The Legend" Furugen, and special guests including Funkmaster Mike Odo, @Brittni Paiva, and many more, you'll level up while laughing, playing, and singing along! The songs come from the Ukulele Song Library, which you can find in the "Learn" menu at the top of this page, or via this direct link. Tune in live every other Friday at 1 PM HST, or go here for the complete list of nearly 300 weekly live jams!
Hawai`i `Ukulele Festival, Jollibee, & Riley’s Time Travel Journey What makes a song Technically Difficult? Aldrine explains what might be the most Technically Difficult song that he performs, and What is the most Technically Difficult song he has written. He also shares other Ukulele Professional’s Songs that are hard to nail down without being the person who wrote it. Before that we start off the podcast with a recap of the Hawaii Ukulele Festival, and a call for a personal apology from Jollibee. The guys talk about a new Children’s Ukulele Book, and use that as inspiration for the next Songwriting Challenge. Aldrine’s serves his thoughts on the Wimbledon Finals, the Oha Series from Kanile`a, and the best Filipino Restaurants on...
Underrated Artist, Songs to Listen to, EQing for the Stage This week we ask Aldrine to shed a spotlight on Underrated Ukulele Artist/Bands that you should know. First Aldrine covers the obvious choices (Pure Heart and Ka`au Crater Boys), then he lists the Bands that include Ukulele Players who may be overlooked, and what songs from the bands you should be listening to. An Audience member from Monopolele ask Aldrine how he got his Tone/Sound at the Festival. This leads to an in depth tech talk, and a deep dive into EQ settings. At the end of the Podcast, the guys introduce a new segment to Answer Questions Quickly. Questions asked this Week: 0:18 How is the Weather on Kauai? 3:50 Questions from Tourist 8:45 Who are your Favorite...
Tuning Peg Ratios, Voicing VS Inversions, & Ukulele Test Songs With our Favorite Guest back on the podcast, we’re challenging Mike and Aldrine to play a game of Music Theory Charades. Before the game, Mike shares what some of the best selling ukuleles and ukulele accessories are. The guys answer a question on Tuning Ratios, and give their opinions on different tuners. Aldrine is tasked to play or describe Music Theory Terms without using the words in them, then Mike has to give a definition for those terms in 5 words or less. The UU Team pick a winner for the last Songwriting Challenge before answering questions about starter ukulele books, songs to test ukuleles, and what is the first effects pedals ukulele players should own...
The Songwriting Process, Sentimental Ukuleles & Respecting Hawaiian Music Hear 3 interpretations of a Sci-Fi Song using the Ukulele. The guys are playing their Songs for the Songwriting Challenge this week. They also discuss their ideas behind the songs, and how songs will write themselves. Aldrine answers a question about the Wahine `Ilikea Play Along, and his Signature Ukulele before talking about his two lost sentimental Ukuleles. Aldrine answers a couple of questions using 5 words which leads into a more than 5 word answer about respecting Hawaiian Music. Reminder: Open Mic is Postponed till Next Week Questions asked this Week: 0:00 Starting Soon 0:15 Another Podcast Day 2:00 Sci-Fi Songwriting Challenge 7:45 Aldrine’s Song 14:40...
Fingerpicking transitions, Singing Rhythm & Getting Over a Slump Questions asked this Week: 0:55 Welcome to the Aloha Underground Podcast 3:40 How do I transition from Fingerpicking to Strumming? (Good Form) 5:20 Bad Form 6:50 The Basic Form 9:15 Strumming to Fingerpicking Form 12:05 Strumming to Fingerpicking Practice 13:10 The last Advice: Using the Flick 18:25 How do you get better timing for singing? 20:40 Getting over Being Embarrassed 23:20 Motivational Slump 25:45 Finding Other People 32:20 July Open Mic, Join the UU Forum 33:40 Do you ever use a Pick? 35:40 The UU Family is Growing 38:15 Teki Giveaway 41:45 Songwriting Challenge #37 Guideline: Write a Sci-fi Song UU Team Due Date: July 1st Everyone Else: July 8th 46:35 Ukulele...
Monopolele Festival, Travel Gear & Passing on the Torch Aaron and Aldrine are back to talk about their trip to the Monopolele Ukulele Festival in Monopoli Italy. Good times with great uke players! The guys also discuss what music gear they travel with and passing the torch to the next generation of uke players. Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989 Questions asked this Week: 0:18 We’re Back, but We’ve Always Been Here 2:55 Were you Fooled? 4:50 Favorite Non-Uke Thing from Italy 8:00 Aaron’s Favorite Non-Uke Thing from Italy 11:55 Food from Italy 16:45 Headphone Talk 17:45 What Gear did you take? 22:00 What is a DI? 25:35 Why Aldrine Stripped Down his Gear 31:50 What Gear did Aaron bring? 33:50...
Practical Effects, The Best UU Videos, & 16 Years of Video Making Tricks in Lenses and Lovesongs on Busses Charades with our Friendses and Parodies with Russes Play Alongs made to make you Sing These are a few of our Favorite Things In a totally normal podcast, the guys are taking turns and naming their 3 Favorite things from all of UU. See what they picked, and look below to check out all the things mentioned. Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989 Questions asked this Week: 0:00 Totally Normal, Not Prerecorded Episode 1:45 Our Favorite Things on Ukulele Underground 2:20 How Old is Ukulele Underground? 4:30 Aldrine’s First Pick 5:15 The Story Behind the Video 7:50 Practical Effects 10:05 We...
Origins of Bandito Tyler, Storytelling in Songwriting, and Arranging Music for Jazz In this special Pre-Recorded Podcast, we talk to Sarah Tochiki, the Music Director for both Kauai Community College and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. She is also the person who re-arranged songs from Bandito Tyler for Jazz Big Band. A few weeks ago we Recapped the Kauai Jazz Festival, but this week we pick Sarah’s Brain for how she came up with the Arrangements. As we talk about each song, Aldrine shares the background history of the Bandito Tyler album, and we learn about the Real People who inspired the Characters. Sarah explains how she accomplished the challenging task of balancing the songs original essence while also adding more to the...
Content Warning: If you’re Sensitive to Mouth Sounds or Eating, you may want to stop watching after 37:10 With Kyle back on the podcast, the guys are trying a new Ukulele Challenge, Name that Quote: Jake or Jac-Ob. Kahai is challenging Aldrine and Kyle to guess whether Jake Shimabukuro or Jacob Collier is the source for different Quotes. This leads the guys into discussing what Music Quotes have stuck with them through the years, and what Lyrics just won’t leave their heads. A viewer asks where they can start learning Ukulele, so the team gives their suggestions for beginner songs. A UU+ Member asks about how they can move forward in their music journey? The latter half of the podcast, the guys are doing a Hot Sauce Taste Test. Aldrine...
Chord Replacements, Defying Music Theory, Just Press If you find a song “Boring”, use Chord Substitutions to spice them up. Kahai Challenges Aldrine to demonstrate a couple of ways you can change a song by “Replacing” one or two chords. Aldrine starts by adding notes to the base chord to make new Substitutions. On the next Level, Aldrine shows how you can use Relative Chords as Substitutions, and how you can combine both techniques to make a song your own. The guys also discuss how knowing some Music Theory is a good shortcut to find new Substitutions, but if you want to jump in, it can be as easy as Adding or Subtracting fingers from a Chord. The team shares some of their favorite examples of Musicians who didn’t know Music Theory, but...
Setlist, Song Request, & Breaking into Gigging This week, we’re hanging out with friend of the show, Kyle Furusho, and finding out the biggest Do’s and DON’TS for Gigging Musicians and Audience Members. The Podcast starts off with a question from Kyle’s biggest Fan, Mickey Aüto. Then we ask Kyle how he makes a Setlist, and how he handles unknown Song Requests. Aldrine ask Kyle how to deal with someone picking up your tip jar, and explains why audience members should never do it. A viewer asks how they can break into Gigging, and if it’s ok to write a “Song Menu” instead of taking request. The guys explain why they don’t want to play certain songs, and how song request can break the flow of a show. The podcast is topped off with some...
Jumping in on Songs, Master Improv Secrets, and Meme Tricks How do you use “Memes” to Jump in on Songs and Improvise? Aldrine shares his secret tips to playing along to other people even when you’re unsure of the songs, keys, or chord switches. This leads into a discussion on improvising, and how you can use simple songs to “Meme” to your audience. Two viewers ask questions on plucking with your Fretting Hand, and improving your Strumming Speed. The guys respond to a viewers comment on being intimidated by Improv Masters, and show how even the pros use simple tricks to make effective solos. Aldrine gives his own examples of how he is trying to improve on his ukulele journey, and how he is still a student in his own right. At the end of...
Defying Jazz Expectations, Jazz Fears, & Jazzito Tyler What happens when you rearrange a Western Ukulele Instrumental Concept Album for Jazz Big Band? This Week Aldrine and Mike are sharing their experience playing and planning for the KCC Jazz Festival. We start off with a relatively quick conversation about Double Flats/Sharps, Reading the Youtube Comments, and Aldrine’s T-Shirt, then we dive into Aldrine and Mike recounting the Jazz Festival. Aldrine explains what it was like collaborating with KCC Music Director, Sarah Tochiki to rearrange songs from his Album Bandito Tyler. Aldrine also shares his fears of playing at the Jazz Festival, and criticizing his own performance. We get some last minute questions about Beginner Ukulele...
Ukulele Festival Essentials, Defining Notes, Fancy Bridge Pins What are Essential Items you bring to a Festival? Do you even need to bring an Ukulele to a Festival, and should you bring your most “Expensive Ukulele” or should you bring a “Beater”? The team tries to help a viewer define a group of notes, and explain why they aren’t pentatonic, and why you don’t necessarily need to name them. Aldrine explains the advantages and disadvantages of different Ukulele Bridge Types (sorry for the noise). The podcast is topped of with recounting the Kauai Ukulele Festival and giving a preview of Aldrine’s workshop for the Monopolele Festival. Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989 Questions asked this Week...
TAB Appropriate Settings, Building Music Instincts, Correcting “Wrong” Chords Is Sheet Music necessary for Memorizing a song? In this Week’s Podcast Aldrine will show you how you can build your Music Instincts; Memorize songs using Numbers and Feelings; and play the “Wrong” Chord while playing the “Right” Song. We’re giving all of our opinions on when it’s appropriate to use and perform with TABS/Sheet Music. Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989 Questions asked this Week: 0:13 New Intro from Laurei 3:25 WrestleMania 8:25 TAB Appropriate Settings 15:05 Aldrine playing with Sheet Music 18:55 TAB vs Music Notation 22:35 Written Music vs Learning by Ear 24:00 Memorizing Music and Building Your...
New Intro Songs, Party Trick Riffs & the Genius of Dragon Learn how to Tap in 2 Minutes! This week, the guys are challenging Aldrine to teach a Tapping Riff as fast as he can. After Aldrine’s Tapping Speedrun, he explains the theory behind Tapping. The Team discuss learning Party Trick Riffs vs learning to apply the same Flashy Techniques. As an Example of Elegant Application of Tapping, the guys geek out about the genius of Jake’s Album and Song, Dragon. This leads to an appreciative analysis of Ernie Cruz Jr. and the rest of the Cruz family. A Songwriting Challenge winner is picked while also drifting into a tangent about Dead Media. Aldrine ask’s the last question of the podcast: what is the Algorithm’s effect on Creativity? Ask...
Pirate Ships, Thumb Picks & Building Confidence What does Pirate Ships, Sister Act and Building Confidence have in common? Answer: This Week’s Ukulele Underground Podcast. The guys start off the Podcast by playing their Song Submissions for the Songwriting Challenge, and making plans to get their own Pirate Ship. A member ask Aldrine if there are specific Thumb Picks for Ukulele, and if he has recommendations? The team discuss how you can Build Your Confidence even if you make little “Oopsies” or play a wrong note? The podcast is topped off with what pickups does Aldrine use, and where can you get the best Acai bowl? Reminder: No Aloha Friday Jam this Week Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989...
Scrappy Enthusiasm, Jamming Faux Pas, & Musical Conversations What is the difference between a Scrappy, Up and Coming Musician VS a Mature Musician who has been around the block? What are the traits of Inexperienced Players and what are the qualities of Tasteful Players? What Jamming Faux Pas should you avoid, and what can you do to Mature as a Musician? Find the answers to these questions plus our thoughts on High Humidity, Jazz, and Metal on today’s podcast. Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989 Questions asked this Week: 0:45 Breathing in Spring 3:55 What are traits of a Mature Player? 6:05 What are traits of a Inexperienced Player? 12:20 Battling Someone more Mature 16:45 Being Scrappy isn’t...
Growth from Criticism, Impostor Syndrome & Songwriting Challenge #36 What was a Harsh Truth Aldrine needed to face in order to improve as an Ukulele Player? Aldrine shares the precise moment when someone gave him a “Harsh Truth” that pushed him to being a better player. We also hear how Aldrine learned to grow from these criticisms and how he changed his goals to better reflect himself. The guys discuss Wound, Unwound and Flatwound Low G Strings and what they prefer. A new Songwriting Challenge is set before Aldrine gets introspective on where his own Impostor Syndrome comes from, and how he deals with it. Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989 Questions asked this Week: 1:31 Caffeine Talk 8:00...
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