How To: Play "Save it for Later" by English Beat on guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well first you have to learn techniques from the masters. This guitar lesson teaches you how to play the English Beat song "Save It for Later" with open-D tuning (D-A-D-A-A-D). Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into your own songs. With this lesson and a bit of practice you will be able to play "Save it for Later" by English Beat on the guitar. The next time you are with your friends you can ...

How To: Play triplets & rolls using the bodhrán tipper's top

In this video you will learn some wrist techniques for striking your Bodhran as well as how to play and count triplets. As a percussion you know how important it is to know your rhythmical figures and how to count. Just be sure, if triplets are hard for you, be sure to tap your foot and clap out quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes and count them out loud. Once you've got that down, start doing the same thing, but counting out quarter, eighth and sixteenth note triplets, and count them out LOU...

How To: Play "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Lady Madonna" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Good Night" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play "Last Christmas" by Wham on piano

Come along with David Yzhaki into the musical world of the piano! Learn easily with his step by step directions how to play "Last Christmas" by Wham! The song consists of only four chords. D6Bm7EmAHow to start to play "Last Christmas": Start with D6 (Right hand F#, A, B, D) (Left Hand D) Switch to Bm7 (Which is basically the same chord, only the baseline changes. )Switch to Em (Right Hand G, B, E) (Left Hand E). Switch to A (Right Hand A, C#, E) (Left Hand E). Switch to F#m/D (Right Hand C#, ...

How To: Play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play "Golden Slumbers" by the Beatles on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Golden Slumbers" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Golden Slumbers" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play "Wish You Were Here"

"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd is one of the greatest guitar songs of all time and in this four part video series you're going to learn how to play it! First you go over the intro, then the chorus, then the intro solo and lastly puts it all together.

How To: Change strings on the erhu

In this video, we learn how to change the strings on the erhu. First, loosen and remove the inner string. After this, take and unwind the new inner string. Then, take the end with the loop and put it through the Qianjing. Then, loop it in the screw at the bottom of the erhu. Then fold the tip of the other end of the string and put it through the hole in the first peg. Then, loop the string one and push the tip into the hole. Now turn the peg clockwise to tighten it. Repeat this for all the st...

How To: Whistle loudly using only 2 fingers

Carla Simian demonstrates how to whistle loudly using only two fingers. Whistling with two fingers is an easy way to get the attention of people who are far away from you. Whistling with two fingers is easy with a few simple steps and some practice. First, fold your tongue backwards so it presses against the bottom teeth. Make two fingers in the shape of a V and place them on your tongue. Next, put your lips tight around your fingers and blow. Adjusting the angle and the depth of your fingers...

How To: Play Billy Preston's solo from the Beatles' "Get Back"

Want to know how to perform Billy Preston's classic solo from the Beatles' "Get Back" on the piano or ogan? Learn how with this free video piano lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing the solo from this classic McCartney song on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute

In this video, we learn how to play the dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute. First, fine the mouth hole where you place your mouth. After this, look to see the different finger holes that are on the side of the flute. At the end, you will see air vents that are not to be confused with the finger holes. To prepare the flute, you can twist it so the pitch is changed when you play it. Now, place your fingers along the finger holes and start to blow into the mouth opening. After you do this, you will be...

How To: Make a Simple Didgeridoo from PVC

Traditional Aboriginal didgeridoos are made from trees that have been hollowed out by termites. Finishing work to smooth out surfaces and decorate the didgeridoo would soon follow. Lucky for you, you don't have to spend lots of money or find a hollowed out tree to create a didgeridoo!

How To: Play a basic melody technique on the autoharp

This how to video installment explains a basic autoharp melody playing technique called "pinching". Playing melody on the autoharp is not as difficult as it may first appear. There are an awful lot of strings, but finding a melody note and playing it clearly isn't as hard as it seems. Pay attention to these harp playing tips.

How To: Play "Martha My Dear" by the Beatles on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Martha My Dear" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Martha My Dear" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Program a Roland TR-808 drum machine

The Roland TR-808 drum machine is one of the most important modern instruments, forming the backbone of both hip-hop and electronic music percussion. If you have gotten your hands on one, you're a lucky devil, but you have a long way to go before you can unlock it's true potential. Watch this video to learn how to program an 808 all the way up to a 64-step beat!

How To: Play "Rock and Roll" by Velvet Underground on guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Rock and Roll" by Velvet Underground on guitar. The chords to play this on the electric guitar would be bar chords D, C, and G. Play these together slowly at first so you understand the rhythm you are looking for. Once you have these down, you will have the basic sounds down for the entirety of the song. After this, play the first verse of the song, then play the second, chorus, and the rest of the verses. You will need to pay attention to where the pau...

How To: Play "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John

In this video, we learn how to play "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John. Start out with A, E, C. Next, go to the G and then to the A. After this, go to B, A, A, sharp, and D. After this, you will have started to do the intro to the song. You will be playing with your right hand during this. Next, you will trip again and go to A, A sharp, B, A sharp, G, E, then finally to the G in the new measure. Continue to play until you reach the end of the song. You will go through all the different keys ...

How To: Play "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago on the accordion

Interested in playing "Lara's Theme" from the 1965 film Dr Zhivago on your accordion? See how it's done with this free video accordion lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the accordion, accordionists of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Lara's Theme" on your own squeezebox, take a look!

How To: Use a digital tuner to tune your guitar

Guitars will need to be tuned continuously to ensure that it is tuned for the correct scale and notes so your music makes sounds the way you intend. If you haven’t been playing forever, you will probably need the assistance of an electric tuner to find the note. This video will show you how to tune your guitar using a tuner.

How To: Play rampi rampi rhythm with the right hand

This instructional banjo video takes a look at what the right hand does while playing the Rampi Rampi, a Turkish song in 9/8. The rhythm goes something like this: 2 (quick), 2 (quick), 2 (quick), 3 (slow). This is basically the bum-diddy pattern. Watch this tutorial video and learn how to play the rampi rampi rhythm with your right hand.

Wheels of Steel: A Virtual Turntable in Your Browser

Wheels of Steel is a virtual browser-based turntable emulator created by Scott Schiller, a Canadian developer who works on Flickr at Yahoo. This project will appeal to those who A) dig turntablism and B) are knowledgeable in web development. I know nothing of the latter, but from what I can tell, Wheels of Steel appears to be significant because unlike its predecessors, it employs CSS3 instead of flash. Since I'm not familiar with the topic, here's Scott on the history and technical details o...

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