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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 "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 "You Are My Sunshine" on the ukulele

Want to play "You Are My Sunshine" 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 playing this great standard, watch thi...

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 "Starman" by David Bowie on acoustic guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Starman" by David Bowie. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to play the song, and demonstrates how to finger them on the fretboard. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song, and the strum pattern he uses to play it. With the help of this video, even a beginner can learn to play this song like a pro.

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 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" 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 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison 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 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

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 "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: Hold and strum a ukulele

There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's ukeladies. This particular tutorial provides a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to hold and strum a ukulele as a total beginner.

How To: Select a vibraphone mallet

New to the vibes? As a professor at the Berklee College of Music, Victor Mendoza has earned an international reputation as a jazz educator, regularly conducting master classes at major music schools and universities around the world. In this video tutorial, Mendoza will explain how to go about choosing a vibraphone mallet.

How To: Play an easy Hawaiian picking vamp in C on the ukulele

Learn to play the easiest Hawaiian picking vamp in the key of C. There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free uke lessons, like this one from Ukulele Live, which make the task not only easy but fun. For more information, and to get started playing this picking vamp on your own ukulele, take a look.

How To: Sit at the Lever harp properly

This video will teach you the proper manner in which to sit so that you can play the Lever harp. The Lever harp is a traditional folk harp, and is often used in Irish music. Watch this video, and you'll soon be on your way to being a harp prodigy.

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 "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John 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 Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." 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 "Tiny Dancer" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Use EQ & compression to your beats in FL Studio

How to Use EQ and Compression With Your Beats in FL Studio Nick from Prime Loops shows us how to use EQ and compression effects to add flair to a beat. Dovetailing off a previous tutorial that showed how to create a beat, this step-by-step instructional video shows what buttons and effects to use, what they do, and in what order they can be used. According to Nick, whether one chooses to compress first or use EQ first, is a matter of personal taste. To add an additional spark to a hip hop bea...

How To: Play hip hop beats on piano

Our synth expert, Ryan Larson, will explain the basic sequencing process step by step, including how to use samples, setup and create loops, choose and add effects to tracks, record instruments like a thumping bass drum, crisp hi hat cymbals, tight snare hits, and other percussion, add bass lines, keyboard melodies and horns, how to mix tracks, and even how to play the sequencer for a live performance.

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: Whistle like a bird

This 3 part how to video walks you through imitating birds by whistling. First you will learn to whistle through your teeth and then how to practice the technique to whistle bird calls. Watch this tutorial and you'll be attracting birds in no time.

How To: Play chords on the flute

In this short tutorial for beginners, chords on a flute is discussed with a demontration. How to play three note chords is demonstrated by flute teacher, Dan Lefler from Danman's Music School.

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 ...

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