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How To: Mix rock music

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 mix rock music. Most rock, soul, disco, motown and other old school styles had real people playing real instruments, so the timing was never exactly the same all the way through the song. So it becomes quite difficult to mix these styles. Watch this DJ tut...

How To: Play the detache bowing technique on the violin

Detache is French for separate bows, not to be confused with the English "detached", with space between the notes. With this tutorial you will learn to play the detache bowing technique on the violin. The detache technique helps build a consistent and confident sound, improves projection and improves control of the entire bow, especially at the very frog and tip. Play as loud as possible. Bow next to the bridge (Control the "Sounding Point"). Keep the bow straight and flat. Use the entire upp...

How To: Make a cigar box ukulele

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a cigar box ukulele. This video only focuses one the cigar box for the ukulele. For this task, it is recommended to use a wooden cigarette box with a bottom that is about 1/8" thick. The bottom of the bottom of the box will be used for the front of the ukulele. Wider is better. It should be at least 6" wide and 2 1/2" deep. Remove the paper from the inside the box. Use a scrap tool or warm water if necessary. This video will benefit those view...

How To: Play "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder on electric guitar

In Part 1 of this electric guitar video lesson, brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz will teach you how to play "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder. As you follow along with him, he teaches you the intro of the song, breaking it down slowly so that you can follow along with him. Then he moves on to the progression of the chords used in the song, breaking down each part of the song, teaching you the chords and explaining the strum pattern and picking of the guitar riffs. You will learn the...

How To: Play "Lips of an Angel" by Hinder on acoustic guitar

Want to learn how to play Hinder on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Lips of an Angel" by Hinder on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Hinder plays 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 the guitar along to "Lips of an Angel" by Hinder.

How To: Play vibrato on the cello

This how to video gives you a description of cello vibrato technique by Jamie Fiste, Cello Professor from Central Michigan University. This technique is easy to master and will improve your cello playing. Watch this how to video and you will be able to play vibrato on your cello.

How To: Record with electronic drums

In this drumming video series, you'll learn tips and techniques on recording with electronic drums. Our expert Steve Blank will show step-by-step, from the click track, scratch vocals, and laying down the first drum track, to building dynamics with background percussion, adding effects like reverb and compression, and mixing your multi-track recordings down to a CD or demo tape.

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: Strengthen your 4th & 5th fingers with piano exercises

If you are looking to improve your piano technique then this how to video is the place to start. You will learn how to strengthen your fourth and fifth fingers with this easy piano exercise. The fourth and fifth fingers are often the weakest fingers when playing piano. You must learn to strengthen then so you can play piano better. This exercise also improves the extension between the ring finger and the pinky finger. This is a great exercise for beginner to advanced students. With this tutor...

How To: Play various rhythms on bongos

Itching to start slapping some bongo skins? In this three-part bongo tutorial, learn how to play various bongo rhythms. Hosted by Manny Cepeda (a composer, songwriter, & performer), you will learn the Son Rhythm (4/4) Martillo, the Borello Rhythm, and Guaguanco Rhythm.

How To: Play Time To Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli - Piano Tutorial

Video: . You don't have to know how to read piano chords or piano sheet music in order to use this piano tutorial. Connect a piano keyboard or start playing on your computer keyboard right away! Practice one hand at a time, change playback speed, transpose to a different key, create loops to repeat, track your progress and much more. How to Play Time To Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman Andrea Bocelli - Interactive Piano Tutorial.

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 "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 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 a simple guitar boogie in G

Check out this music tutorial video that demonstrates how to play a simple guitar boogie in G. This instructional video provides fret diagrams and live action to show how to play a simple boogie in G. This video is aimed at budding fingerstyle guitar players, but can be adapted to a pick. Advanced beginners are also encouraged to watch and learn. Play a simple guitar boogie in G and improve your guitar playing skills!

How To: Play a Spanish piece 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 Spanish piece on the ukulele. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this easy Spanish song on your uke.

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 "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 "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson on piano

Want to know how to perform Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" on your piano or keyboard? Learn how with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. 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 pop ballad on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Prenzlauerberg" by Beirut on the accordion

In this video you are shown how to play Prenzlauerberg on accordion. You will use the right hand for the melody. Both hands will be used. Your tutor divides the song into three playable components, after you develop skill in playing them you can piece them together. The song starts on G, the chords played include G minor, C minor and D7. The D7 chord includes the notes D, F sharp and C. When playing a chord you hold all of the notes (keys) of the chord at the same time. Also, playing D7 chord...

How To: Hum While Beatboxing

Humming while beatboxing is one of the most important techniques to pick up if you're planning to cover popular songs. It's also a key element for singing and beatboxing, but that's for another tutorial. Here, I'll teach you how to hum while beatboxing by explaining exactly how it works.

How To: Do drum music for the Chinese Lion Dance

In these lion dance video instruction clips, learn about the music of the Southern style Chinese New Year Lion Dance and how it influences and directs the ceremony. Listen to the cymbals and drums as the Buddha puts the lion through its paces, taunting him with his fan. Learn how the different instruments create emotional soundscapes related to the narrative of the lion dance. Get an in-depth look at Chinese lion dance drum music in this video series, a thousand years in the making.