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    Lutherie Questions for Joe Souza (Kanile`a `Ukulele founder/owner)

    Hey everyone! We're in the process of scheduling Joe Souza to be a guest on the Ukulele Underground Podcast sometime this month (Sept. 2021). If you happen to have any ukulele building-specific questions you'd like to ask him, please post them here! The vast majority of UU Podcast listeners...
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    Final (personal) thoughts on NAMM 2012!

    After four fun-filled days and sleepless nights of musical mayhem, the 2012 NAMM show is finally over. Thank goodness! Between wrestling with audio troubles and Aldrine completely losing his voice on Day 3, the UU crew was able to cover pretty much all of the ukulele goodness showcased at NAMM...
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    Official UU "Ambassadors of Ukulele" Give-Away Contest! (Win a KoAloha Tenor!)

    Official UU "Ambassadors of Ukulele" Give-Away Contest! (Win a KoAloha Tenor!) Hey UUers! Ukulele Underground hasn't put on an official give-away contest for awhile, so here we go again! This time we're giving away a brand new KoAloha KTM-00 Tenor Ukulele AND a full Year of UU+ membership...
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    Final (personal) thoughts on NAMM 2011!

    With the UU video coverage of the 2011 NAMM Show completely edited, exported, and uploaded, I’ll finally find the chance to get some decent sleep at night. Yay! Most of this post is being written from my seat on an airplane, chasing the sunset back home to Hawaii after four crazy days of music...
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    Uke Lesson 33 - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

    Hey UUers! This month's episode of Uke Minutes is up! Uke Minutes 33 - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Overall a pretty simple lesson with a couple new chords, an easy strumming pattern, and a quick finger picking pattern so you can probably get it down fairly quickly with a bit of...
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    Uke Lesson 32 - The Man Who Can't Be Moved

    Hey UUers! This month's episode of Uke Lessons is here: Uke Lesson 32 - The Man Who Can't Be Moved This song was written and recorded by the Irish band, The Script. Aldrine's version features an ukulele take on the signature guitar picking pattern that carries throughout the song - try it...
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    Kanile'a "Spread the Aloha" Contest - WINNERS!

    Hey UUers! Last month (June 2010) we ran the Kanile'a "Spread the Aloha" Video Contest! There were tons of entries, each with a different take on spreading aloha with the ukulele. The judges had an extremely hard time choosing the winners and in the end these were the three that came out on...
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    Uke Lesson 31 - Rodeo Clowns

    Hey UUers! It's a new month and a new episode of Uke Lessons for you to devour and digest: Uke Lesson 31 - Rodeo Clowns Written by Jack Johnson and recorded by both Johnson and G. Love & Special Sauce, this song is a pretty interesting one. The intro is based on a lot of alternate chord...
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    Win an Eleuke - The Official Eleuke "Uke Rock!" Give-Away Contest!

    Hey UUers! This month (July 2010) we are giving away 4 Eleuke ukuleles in the Eleuke "Uke Rock!" Video Contest! To enter, here is what you need to do: 1. Make a video of yourself playing a Rock (or rock-related*) song on your ukulele. Be sure to mention the Eleuke "Uke Rock!" Contest...
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    Uke Minutes 92 - Diminished Run Exercise

    Hey UUers! This week's episode of Uke Minutes is here: Uke Minutes 92 - Diminished Run Exercise It's a nifty little run you can use to practice your picking or something you can use in solos over diminished chords. Go wild! Questions, comments, ideas, helpful hints, examples of songs that...
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    Uke Minutes 91 - Added Octave Chord Inversions

    Hey UUers! This week's episode of Uke Minutes is online: Uke Minutes 91 - Added Octave Chord Inversions This one helps out a lot when you need to stay on a single chord, but you don't want it to get too monotonous - putting in these pinky-additions adds a little color and movement to your...
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    Uke Minutes 90 - 10 Finger Roll

    Hey UUers! Uke Minutes 90 is a-rollin': Uke Minutes 90 - 10 Finger Roll This technique is like a fuller, punchier 8 Finger Roll (which, in turn, is an extended 4 Finger Roll). Now that you've got all these rolls down, it's time to rock. Questions, comments, tips, thoughts on rolls & what...
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    Win a Kanile'a! Official Kanile'a/UU "Spread the Aloha" Ukulele Give-Away Contest!

    Win a Kanile'a! Official Kanile'a/UU "Spread the Aloha" Ukulele Give-Away Contest! Hey UUers! This one took awhile to get together, but it is finally here! Up for grabs is a one-of-a-kind, Kanile'a Tenor "Ukulele Underground" Ukulele!! *gasp* Joe Souza over at Kanile'a was kind enough to...
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    Uke Minutes 89 - One String, Two String

    Hey UUers! This week's episode of Uke Minutes is up! Uke Minutes 89 - One String, Two String Technically, the way Aldrine uses it when playing, it should be "Two String, One String," because he starts off with the middle two stings (instead of starting off with the G) :p. Other than that...
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    Uke Lesson 30 - Perfect Sometimes

    Hey UUers! This month's episode of Uke Lessons is now online! Uke Lesson 30 - Perfect Sometimes Haha, not gonna lie, the picking for this one is a little lengthy and might take you a little while to master (but you can totally do it - we belive in you!). The solo was created by Jake...
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    Uke Minutes 88 - Hammer-Pull Exercise

    Here it is - a discussion for Uke Minutes 88! Uke Minutes 88 - Hammer-Pull Exercise This one should help with those quick hammer-pull combos on ukulele solos! Questions, comments, suggestions, other helpful hammer-pull positions, petitions to make the "hammer-pull" and Olympic event?? Post...
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    Uke Minutes 87 - 8 Finger Roll

    Hey UUers! This week's episode of Uke Minutes is here to save the day! Uke Minutes 87 - 8 Finger Roll Try it out, get it down good, and let us know what you think! Questions, comments, thoughts, additional tips on how to roll smoothly, remarks about how the background of this video looks a...
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    Uke Minutes 86 - 3-String Strum

    Hey UUers! This week's episode of Uke Minutes is online! - Uke Minutes 86 - 3-String Strum This one is especially helpful when moving chord shapes that only use the C, E, and A strings around on your fretboard. Some of these shapes include the G, Em, and Gm chord shapes. An alternative to...
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    Uke Minutes 85 - Strum-to-Fingerpicking

    Hey UUers! This week's episode of Uke Minutes is now online! Uke Minutes 85 - Strum-to-Fingerpicking This is a great way to practice switching from strumming to fingerpicking and getting that transition really smooth. Try it out and let us know what you think! Questions, comments...
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    Uke Lesson 29 - Come Together

    Hey UUers! Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society: Uke Lesson 29 - Come Together! The lyrics are strange, the chords are bluesy, and the elementary math is technically correct - it's a Beatles hit that spans the ages. With Play-Along featuring YouTuber and fellow UUer...