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    In-Depth Barre Chord Tutorial for the Intermediate Ukulele Player - 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.


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    Here's an awesome lesson from Matt Dahlberg that talks about how we can get different timbres (textures of sound) out of our playing. This lesson is great for those who play fingerstyle, as it focuses on that style of playing.


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    Practicing with a Metronome - 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.


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    A Beginner’s Guide to Dynamics! - 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!


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    Strumming Techniques: Beyond the Island Strum - For most of us, our ukulele journey begins by learning to strum a few chords. We dive into strumming patterns, such as the ever-popular “Island Strum” (D DU UDU), before progressing to “Chucking”; which is a percussive technique that creates a backbeat on beats 2 and 4. But then something happens, we hit a wall, we plateau.

    This course will help you break through that wall by introducing you to four strumming techniques that will make your rhythm playing POP! These techniques not only add pizzazz to your right hand, but will change the tonal landscape, as you learn how to:

    1) Accent beats to create a more dynamic feel to your playing.
    2) Alter rhythms – say goodbye to only strumming quarter and eighth note rhythms.

    Upon completing this course, you’ll walk away with the ability to spice up any simple strum pattern; creating a rhythmic sound that is unique to you!


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    Tips for Memorizing Music - 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.


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    Triplet Picking Technique - 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.


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    Pros & Cons of Fingerpicking with Your Thumb - 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.


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    Learn to Simplify Ukulele Arrangements - 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!


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    Technique Toolbox: Harmonics Course - In this course, you'll learn 3 ways to create harmonics, culminating into a capstone performance piece on “Amazing Grace”. Which as you guessed, is played entirely using harmonics!


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