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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: 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 "Welcome to the Black Parade" on the piano

Watch this piano tutorial video to learn how to play "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance on the piano. Instructions include the scales and key signatures and chord breakdowns. Beginners and intermediate pianists will be able to learn how to play My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade" by watching this helpful how-to video.

How To: Use Delta blues-style strumming and picking on 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 one-two video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn the basics of Delta-style strumming and picking. 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 Bl...

How To: Play "That's just the way it is" on the piano

If you would like to play "That's Just the Way it is" on the piano you first should realize this song is in the key of G! The phrase that starts this song first starts with A minor then goes to E minor. Next, go to D and down to a C and to a G then back to A minor. That is the first phrase of the song. Continue to practice this phrase. Now to start the chorus, you should play a G on the left hand and then A , B, G and go to the F on the left hand with G, A, F. When you go to the C it's just D...

How To: Play simple Delta blues-style riffs in the key of E

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 number of simple Delta blues-style riffs and runs, all in the key of E. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to lear...

How To: Play "Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional on guitar

Want to learn how to play Dashboard Confessional on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Dashboard Confessional 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 "Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional.

How To: Play the clave

Take heart, aspiring timbaleros and timbaleras. Eguie Castrillo, having played with everyone from Tito Puente to Steve Winwood, is one of the world's most prolific timbale artists. In this installment of his video tutorial series on the fundamentals of timbale playing, Eguie will walk you through some basic tricks and techniques for playing the clave.

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 Yiruma's "River Flows in You" on piano

Learn how to play "River Flows in You" by acclaimed South Korean composer and pianist Yiruma with this free video piano lesson. This video, which merely presents the chords and notes of the songs, is geared more toward intermediate and advanced players, pianists of all skill level can get started playing along. For more information and, to get started playing Yiruma's "River Flows in You" on your own piano, watch this tutorial.

How To: Play the song "My Boo" by Ghost Town DJ's

The ukelele is a great little instrument that is easy to learn, sounds good, and is portable. How much better could it be? They work especially well for covering pop songs, since they're very simple and catchy, which is the essence of the ukelele. This video will teach you how to play the hit song "My Boo" by Ghost Town DJ's on ukelele.

How To: Play "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on the guitar

Want to play the "Rudolph" Christmas carol on your guitar? Learn how with this video tab from Mahalo, which presents a detailed breakdown of the song's component chords and strumming pattern. While this guitar lesson is suited to those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, beginners should be able to follow along also given a little sticktoitiveness. Watch to get started playing the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Xmas song on your own electric or acoustic guitar.

How To: Understand music accents

Join David Yzhaki as he makes learning piano music fundamentals fast and easy. In classical music, a measure that is in four four time (four quarter notes get the pulse) the first beat and third beat are naturally more accented than the second and fourth. Jazz, reggae, and pop music are entirely opposite because the natural accents occur on the second and fourth beat of each measure. Another type of accent is called a melodic accent. This happens when a note is accented because of its higher ...

How To: Play the Alberti Bass technique on the piano

This music tutorial shows you how to break up a regular piano chord into a technique called Alberti Bass. This technique makes piano chords more interesting and can also give the chord more direction instead of a regular block chord sound. Watch this how to video and you will be playing the Alberti Bass pattern in no time.

How To: Play "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer on guitar

Want to play "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and it 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 "Kiss Me" on your own guitar, take a look!

How To: Use movable chord shapes on the ukulele

This free video ukulele lesson presents an introduction to movable chord shapes. It concentrates on the shapes for major chords with root notes on the E and A strings. It also shows some variations on one of the chord shapes and points out positional relationships that allow you to play in other keys. For more information, and to get started using movable chord shapes on your own ukulele, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play a simple Delta blues bend riff on 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 a (relatively) simple Delta blues bend riff. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get playing this riff on your own parl...

How To: Play an off-beat snare drum

In this instructional video series you will learn how to play an off-beat snare drum to a swing beat. Our expert Peter Van Dyck shares techniques for creating a basic drum beat, adding fills, and offers tips and advice on how to begin the process and walks you through some great informational steps to becoming a more advanced drummer.

How To: Sing in the vocal fry style

In this video, we learn how to sing in the vocal fry style. Start by using your throat to sing higher with music notes being played on the piano. You will make a noise with your throat that is similar to Elmer Fudd the cartoon. Don't worry about how your pitch sounds with this, it's just about getting your voice stretched out to have a more full sound. You want your voice to sound creaky and weird, as you keep going higher with your voice. After, start doing the opposite and singing down in t...

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 "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#, ...

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