Hot Music & Instruments How-Tos

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: Do a high pitched scream

Cory teaches us how to do a high pitched scream in this video tutorial. This is the same as a low scream, just higher in pitch. The first this to do is to let out a lot of air when you are using a high pitched scream. This is the opposite of what you would do for a low pitch yell. The next thing to do is to position your tongue in your mouth. The tongue should be up to the front of your mouth touching your bottom teeth. The last thing to remember is to use a different spot in your throat, fin...

How To: Create sound with your vocal chords

In this tutorial, we learn how to create sound with vocal chords. Your vocal chords remain open when you are breathing and are drawn together when you are singing. As the vocal chords release, it creates a ripple effect that releases noise through your mouth. You want to make sure you use solid breath, so you don't have tension in your vocal chords and while you sing. Your breathing technique should be similar to how you are using your vocal chords. You don't want to apply too much pressure t...

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 "Numb" by Linkin Park on piano

Watch this piano tutorial video to learn how to play "Numb" by Linkin Park on the piano. The instructions include the scale, key signature, and chord breakdowns. Intermediate pianists will have no trouble learning how to play Linkin Park's "Numb" on the piano after watching this helpful how-to video.

How To: Make a hip hop beat in FL Studio

In this video we learn how to make a hip hop beat in FL Studio. First, load up your drum sounds from the browser to the interface. After this, change the hits on the drums to make the beat sound different. Edit how high the volume is on the snare drum and then change the ghost kick so it's not too loud either. Once you have this figured out, add in the high hat and the shaker patterns. Once you have these added in and you like the volumes that they are at, you will have your very own hip hop ...

How To: Plug the vinyl turn table into a mixer

Check out this instructional DJ video that demonstrates how to attach the vinyl turn table into a mixer. In this video for the totally new DJ, learn where to plug the RCA cables (or phono plugs) from a Vinyl turntable into a DJ mixer. Discover the proper way of plugging your equipment in by watching this DJ tutorial video.

How To: Play "My Immortal" by Evanescence on piano

Playing popular songs on the piano is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "My Immortal" by Evanescence on the piano. 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 "My Immortal" by Evanescence on piano.

How To: Play "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin on piano

Want to know how to perform Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" on the piano? Learn how with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the popular ragtime 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 "The Entertainer" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias on acoustic guitar

Aaron from Free and Easy Guitar shows how to play Enrique Iglesias' "Hero" on the acoustic guitar. The song requires a four-finger G chord with the string picking order 6, 3, 1, 2, 3, and 2. This is repeated four times for the introduction. The chorus is strummed using any chord of your choice. If the G or E minor chord is used, you can pick all six strings. With the C chord, any of the bottom five strings can be strummed and with the D chord, any of the bottom four strings can be strummed. T...

How To: Play "Amazing Grace" on the ukulele

Want to play John Newton's "Amazing Grace" hymnal 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 also a wonderful way to add to your repertory of songs. For more information, and to get started playing "Amazing Grace" on your ...

How To: Play "Wish You Were Here" (Pink Floyd) on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz, will teach you how to play "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. As you follow along with him, he teaches you 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. This tutorial focuses mostly on just the beginning of the song, and does not cover the entire song.

How To: Beatbox four different types of snares

This instructional beatboxing video provides a detailed explanation of 4 different types of snares performed in Beatboxing and their application throughout vocal percussion. This video is great for beginners and advanced beatboxers. Practice these techniques and improve your beatboxing skills!

How To: Play the song "Nightmare" by Avenged Sevenfold on piano

Avenged Sevenfold has been one of the biggest rock bands in the world for a long time, but their most recent single "Nightmare" might be their biggest hit yet. It's a beautiful, haunting song, and like much of A7X's work it translates well to some furious piano playing. This video will show you how to play the song on piano or keyboard in the simplest terms possible, but it's a hard song if you are new to piano you might want to look elsewhere.

How To: Play classic Beatles' "Blackbird" on acoustic guitar

The Beatles revolutionized the music industry and brought us songs that can never be forgotten, that could never be overstated. With John Lennon at the front of the "Fab Four" they couldn't be stopped... wouldn't be stopped. But let's not forget it wouldn't be the "Fab Four" without George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. In your head you constantly hear the Beatles' tunes, so why not bring them outside, why not bring that joy to everyone around you? With this video tutorial, you'll...

How To: Use the back of a Gemini CDM-3600

In this instructional DJ video, take a look at the back of the Gemini CDM-3600 unit to learn how to use the inputs and outputs. This video is ideally for beginners who are just starting off as DJs and need some advice on the various outlets. Learn how to use the back of a Gemini CDM-3600 by watching this DJ tutorial video.

How To: Play "I Believe in Music" by Mac Davis on the ukulele

Want to play Mac Davis's "I Believe in Music" 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 to get started playing "I Believe in Musi...

How To: Play "A House Is Not A Home" on the piano

Want to learn how to improvise and play jazz piano? Well first you have to learn techniques from the jazz greats of yesteryear. This piano lesson teaches you how to play "A House Is Not A Home" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. With some practice and basic understanding of music theory and harmony you will soon be able to improvise jazz solos over basic chords. Soon you will be able to play along with any tune with this jazz piano lesson. Check out this jazz piano how to video and you will be ...

How To: Sing without injuring your vocal chords by supporting with the diaphragm

If there's one thing we learned from high school show choir, it's that trying to scream out songs like your favorite pop artists will eventually ruin your voice and even scar your vocal chords so you'll never be able to sing well again. In fact, lots of famous pop musicians have had to get throat surgery later in life to correct all the damage they did to their vocal chords when they were younger.

How To: Play "Mad World" by Gary Jules on acoustic guitar

This acoustic guitar video lesson is brought to you by Matt from Free and Easy Guitar, will teach you how to play "Mad World" as performed by Gary Jules. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the strumming, picking and chords used in the song, going into detail on how to finger the chords he uses. In this video you will learn the whole song from the intro to the verse, and following up with the outro of the song, as he breaks down each part for you.

How To: Play C#dim, GM7, CM7, Am7, Dm7, D7, G7 & G#dim chords

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 freddym233 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 C#dim, GM7, CM7, Am7, Dm7, D7, G7 and G#dim jazz chords on your guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better you'll sound and the better able you'll be to play what you hear....

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