How To: Use a Merle Travis-style picking pattern

Because of its portability, the acoustic guitar can be wonderful songwriting device. However, having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user Sawlon is here to help you train your head and hands with his series of free video guitar lessons. In this installment, you'll learn how to play acoustic guitar with a Merle Travis fingerpicking pattern employed in songs like "Landslide," Dust in the Wind," "Helple...

How To: Strum "Hey There Delilah" on the ukulele

The ukulele is a beautiful and unique stringed instrument that is perfect for the traveling musician because it is so portable and relatively inexpensive. The ukelele is a version of a small guitar that originated in Hawaii. In this tutorial you will learn how to strum "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's on the ukulele. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this rendition of "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's on your uke.

How To: Use the EQ, bass, mid and treble on a DJ mixer

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to use the EQ, bass, mid, and treble on a DJ mixer. This video gives you a demonstration on how to use the EQ on a DJ mixer while a track is playing. It should be set at twelve o'clock because when that track is made at the studio, it's made as a flat signal....

How To: Play "Yesterday" by the Beatles on a keyboard

Are you a big Beatles fan? Love their all time hit 'Yesterday'? Watch this short and easy tutorial and learn how to play yesterday by the Beatles on your own keyboard. Simply follow along with the instructional video that gives you step by step how to play yesterday. So if you want to learn how to play the hit song 'Yesterday' on your keyboard watch this short and entertaining instructional video and quickly learn how to play it on your keyboard.

Play "Comptine d'un autre été: L'apres midi" on piano

Watch this piano tutorial video to learn how to play "Comptine d'un autre été: L'apres midi" by Yann Tiersen from the movie "Amélie" on piano. The instructions in this video are detailed and helpful to pianists of any level, even beginners. You'll be feeling quirky and French right away after you've watched this helpful how-to video and learned how to play Yann Tiersen's "Comptine d'un autre été: L'apres midi" on the piano.

How To: Change a mandolin string

Sooner or later you're going to break a mandolin string and you'll need to know how to change them. This free lesson by Brad Laird will walk you through the process so you'll be more prepared when that time comes.

How To: Use Delta-blues style picking in open G

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn how to use Delta Blues-style in open G. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started using Delta blues-style picking...

How To: Play "Tush" by ZZ Top on the bass guitar

If you're a beginner bass player, sometimes the best way to learn is to watch others play. Also, learning from books and virtual bass websites can be frustrating and confusing, but this video makes it all simple. It's a beginner bass lesson for "Tush" from ZZ Top. It's basically a 12-bar blues, and there are 2 different bass lines to this format— either the verse or what's played under the guitar solo.

How To: Play Beatles "I Should Have Known Better" on guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "I Should Have Known Better" by The Beatles. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to get started on learning the song and demonstrates how to finger each of them. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song. With the help of this video you will be playing this song in no time at all.

How To: Play "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John 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 Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." 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 "Tiny Dancer" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on ukulele

Want to play John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing John Denver's signature so...

How To: Play "Piano Man" by Billy Joel on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this four-part piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play Billy Joel's "Piano Man." 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 "Piano Man" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play "The Pink Panther" by Henry Mancini on the ukulele

Want to play the theme from The Pink Panther on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For ...

How To: Play "Scarborough Fair" on the ukulele

Want to play "Scarborough Fair" (sometimes called "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?") on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favorite songs. Not only is it more fun and much easier than running drills or memorizing a chord book by wrote, it's obviously also a wonderful way to build your repertory of songs. For more information, and...

How To: Travis pick using G, C, and D chords on guitar

Because of its portability, the acoustic guitar can be wonderful songwriting device. However, having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user Sawlon is here to help you train your head and hands with his series of free video guitar lessons. In this installment, you'll learn how to play a G-C-D Travis picking progression on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the...

How To: Play "Love Story" by Taylor Swift on the piano

Want to know how to perform Taylor Swift's "Love Story" on your piano or keyboard? This free video piano lesson presents a complete guide. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this song on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Make a three string guitar out of a cigar box

This video will show viewers how to simply make a 3 string guitar using an empty cigar box, a piece of oak, some string, and a few eyebolts. You start with a 1 by 2 piece of oak which is about 3 feet long. First, you should begin by making some markings along one side of the oak, first at 1/2 an inch and then at 1/4 inch spacing after that. Drawing 3 symmetrical lines where the strings should go, drill holes at the intersections of the lines you have drawn. The holes should be made using a 1/...

How To: Use Merle Travis-style picking on the ukulele

There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's preeminent tropical tutor, Ukulele Mike. This particular tutorial provides a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to use Merle Travis picking on the ukulele. For more information, and to get started Travis pickin' your own uke, watch this helpful how-to.

How To: Play "Driftin' Blues" on acoustic guitar

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn how to play a Delta blues-inflected version of Eric Clapton's "Driftin' Blues." While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get...

How To: Play octaves on a harmonica

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play octaves on your harmonica. The split interval or octave technique is useful in all different kinds of harmonica playing. Harmonica players of all ability levels will find this instructional video helpful in learning how to play octaves on a harmonica.

How To: Connect your laptop to your DJ mixer

This video shows you how to connect your laptop to your mixer. First you will need two different sound sources from your laptop to your mixer. This is so that you can use all of your mixer functions on two different channels. The way to do this is to run a 1/8" RCA cable channel 7 from your normal earphone jack to the mixer. Also use a behringer uca202 audio interface to connect to the laptop via USB cord. This provides another earphone jack. Then use a master out cable to connect it to an am...

How To: Play "Halo" by Beyoncé on the piano

In this video, learn how to play the last section of Beyoncé's song, "Halo" on the piano. This instruction has added an A to the notes, allowing it sound better (in his/her opinion). If you want to play "Halo" exactly how it is in the song, the notes are (just for the last part of the right hand) as follows:

How To: Play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on a recorder

In this how-to video, you will learn how to play "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" on a recorder. The first note you have to play is a D. The D note is made of a G. This means three fingers on the top, and three fingers on the bottom. The left hand will be on the top. Play an A note by letting go of the bottom four holes. Do this transition over and over until you feel comfortable with this. Next play the next note by only holding one finger on the top hole. Next, play the last note by placing f...

How To: Play "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean

Learn how to play "He's a Pirate" from Pirates Of The Caribbean on the piano or keyboard with this tutorial. This song is first played at regular speed and then is slowed down so it is easier to follow the notes. The middle C of the tutorial is one octave higher in the slow part of the song because the camera had to be set one octave lower so you could see the chords. Watch this piano how to video and you will be able to play "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean in no time.

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