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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 "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 "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this three-part piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John. 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 "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

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: Build a classical acoustic guitar from scratch

If you've always wanted to build your own Classical Acoustic guitar, this video series can get you started! You will watch he starts with some simple blocks of wood and an idea and crafts a great classical guitar! He will also show you his mistakes along the way and his own fixes, so that way if you make the same mistake, you will have an answer right there!

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 "Octopus's Garden" by The Beatles on guitar

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the song "Octopus' Garden" by the Beatles on the acoustic guitar. This video reveals all the string movements and the order that the notes are need to be played, in order to execute the song. This video provides voice narration and a visual demonstration for viewers to easily understand and follow along. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing the guitar and want to learn how play a new song.

How To: Play Beirut's "Elephant Gun" on ukulele

This video tutorial demonstrates the ukulele strum to Beirut's "Elephant Gun." The strumming pattern is as follows: Up, Up, Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Up, Down. When you strum, use your finger as opposed to your thumbnail and pluck just the C and G strings (or in this case C# and G#). And that's it. For a complete video walkthrough, watch this helpful ukulele lesson.

How To: Use Elliott Smith-style Milonga flamenco picking

Elliott Smith was more than a great songwriter; he was a great guitar player. This video tutorial demonstrates a small chord progression highlighting the Milonga style of picking. It was a strong influence on the development of Elliott Smith's fingerpicking style and a lot of modern rhythmic guitar styles. While this tutorial is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, even beginners will find much to take away. For more information, and to get started using a Milonga flamenco picking...

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: Play the Dire Straits song "Romeo & Juliet" on guitar

Want to impress your friends by whipping out your guitar and strumming some of their favorite tunes the next time you are at a party? This guitar lesson teaches you how to play the Dire Straits song "Romeo & Juliet" using open G tuning(D-G-D-G-B-D) with a capo on the 3rd fret. 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 "Romeo & Juliet" by Dire Straits on the...

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: Play "A Whale of a Tale" on the ukulele

Want to play "A Whale of a Tale" from Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 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 start...

How To: Play "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay on the piano

Want to know how to perform Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone" on the piano? 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 time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Better Off Alone" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

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: Drum an easy swing beat for a beginner

For anyone who is new to the drums or is an aspiring professional drummer, this video will show you a simple beat that could help you build rhythm--the swing beat. Jonathan, the drum tutor in this video, demonstrates how to perform the easy swing beat using the cymbal, bass drum and snare. First, Jonathan shows you the how to hit the cymbal three times--only not in a consecutive manner. You have to hit the cymbal once and then two more times closer together. Then Jonathan demonstrates how to ...

How To: Play John Lee Hooker-style blues 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 John Lee Hooker-style Delta blues guitar. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started playing like John...

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 "New Year's Day" by U2 on electric guitar

Want to play "New Year's Day" by U2? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete (and we mean complete) breakdown of the song and its constituent parts. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "New Year's Day" on your own guitar, just take a look!

The Art of Farting: Extreme Jedi Anus Control

Nearly all humans (admittedly childishly) admire the ability to emit uncannily musical armpit or hand farts, or even rarer- mouth fart motor engine aping. However, it is the rare occasion that a performer's gaseous-sounding melodic notes are indeed truly gaseous (meaning literally discharged from the butt-hole).

How To: Play "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles on baritone ukulele

Want to play "Here Comes the Sun" by George Harrison of the Beatles on baritone ukulele? Learn how with this video tab, which presents a complete breakdown of the song's component sections, chords and strumming & picking patterns. For all of the details, and to get started playing "Here Comes the Sun" on your own baritone uke, watch this free video ukulele lesson.

How To: Play "Back in Black" by AC/DC on electric guitar

Want to master "Back in Black" by AC/DC on the guitar? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Back in Black" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: DJ the 1 click flare scratch

In this video, we learn how to DJ the 1 click flare scratch. When you are ready to DJ, you must first make sure you have all the proper equipment. You will want to put an album into the player and then learn the proper technique on how to scratch the music without hurting it. As you do this, you will want to push the album back and fort on the spinning table as you are using the knob on the right hand side to control the level of sound while scratching. Record this to use when switching up mu...

How To: Play "Stranger Things Have Happened" by Foo Fighters

In this video, we learn how to play "Stranger Things Have Happened" by Foo Fighters. You can fingerpick this one or use a pick to get a different sound if you are comfortable with that. For the melody you will play the A string, B string, E string, with different frets to create different sounds. As you continue, you will learn how to play the strings of the chorus and the rest of the versus. Make sure you are sliding your finger to the correct strings and have the right frets so the sounds m...