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How To: Play "Somewhere over the Rainbow" 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 play "Somewhere over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World" like Iz. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World" on your uke.

How To: Play Claude Debussy's "Claire de lune" on the piano

Absolutely everybody has heard of it, regardless of whether they know it by name or not… "Clair de lune" by Claude Debussy. This masterpiece by the French composer is one of the most recognized piano pieces in the world. Debussy is regarded as one of the fathers of modern classical music, and the "Clair de lune" shows why. He introduced new, innovative approaches to harmony and sound textures that have inspired generations of musicians.

How To: Play harmonica one hole at a time

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play the harmonica one hole at a time. The instructions for the exercise in this how-to video are helpful for harmonica players of any level, and the exercise will help build your creativity. Start simple and then increase complexity. Playing the harmonica one hole at a time will be easy using the tips in this instructional video.

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: Play "Your Song" by Elton John on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of improving your playing technique. In this keyboard tutorial, you'll learn how to play Elton John's "Your Song." 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 "Your Song," press play!

How To: Fix a wobbly platter problem on a turntable

Learn how to open up your turntable platter in order to fix a wobble on your table, getting those records to play smooth. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Play "Love Story" by Taylor Swift on ukulele

If you want to play 'Love Story' by Taylor Swift on ukulele you should first start with making sure you have your ukulele standard tuned to G, C, E and A top to bottom. You will use the chords C, G, Am and F. These are the chords that are use basically through the entire song. Only at the end is a Bm chord thrown into the song. The strumming patter is Down Down Up, Up Down Up. Play this for each of the chords. You can also pick within the chords if you like this. This is the intro. For the ve...

How To: Play a gospel run on piano

In this tutorial, you'll learn to play a well-known gospel run, one heard in many gospel churches. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate players, even complete beginners will benefit from this tutorial, which presents a note-by-note breakdown of the lick. Can I get a witness?

How To: Quantize audio in Ableton Live 8

In this video, we learn how to use Ableton Live 8: Quantizing audio. To find the bars you want to use, find the up and down arrow keys. These will jump the loops back and forth based on the width of the loop race itself. Press play to search around for the best four bar section in your music. Now, set your first attack in your loop by zooming in on the hit. Hover over the audio and create a warp marker to drag from each of the bars. Label it as the beginning of your clip to the end, then save...

How To: Play "One Thing" by Finger Eleven on guitar

Are you a Finger Eleven fan? You can learn how to play the intro to "One Thing" by Finger Eleven with this guitar tutorial. This tutorial is geared towards intermediate guitarists because some knowledge of guitar playing is assumed. With this how to video you will be able to play and sing along to "One Thing" by Finger Eleven.

How To: Play "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" 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 "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by the Smiths. This is not a note-for-note accurate demo, but most of the basic chords are there. 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 "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by the Smit...

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 30 must-have blues piano licks

In this video series the talented and sizzling Jonathon Wilson guides you through 30 must-have blues piano licks, riffs that, once mastered, could turn any musician into a talked-about sensation. Jonathon introduces each clip, letting you know of any tips or hang-ups that set the lick apart, and then provides a valuable demonstration of how to play and practice the riff alongside a full band.

How To: Play "Whiskey Lullaby" on the guitar

Want to learn how to play "Whiskey Lullaby" on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play the intro to "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss play it. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play along to "Whiskey Lull...

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 a Delta Blues style progression on a resonator guitar

If you're looking to get into slide guitar, the place to start is in the Delta, the deep south, with artists like Son House, Robert Johnson, and Bukka White. You can find their music on the Library of Congress' website as it is all open to the public now. In this video you will learn how to play some basic Delta Blues with some finger picking techniques, slide techniques, a standard I IV V progression, and more.

How To: Play Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" on the ukulele

Want to play the main riff from Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" on the 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 to get started playin...

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: Play "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey on the piano

Want to know how to perform Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" on your piano or keyboard? 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 sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this song on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!