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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: 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: Play a rock'n'roll instrumental on the ukulele

Learn how to play a rocking instrumental number on the ukulele 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 rock'n'roll number of U...

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 the Tetris theme song on the accordion

In this video, we learn how to play the Tetris theme song on the accordion. D major 7 is the first chord, going to A, B flat, C, B flat, A, G, B flat, D, C, B flat, A, B flat, C, D, B flat, G, and G. Play these separately, then practice doing all of these chords in order one after the other to do the first part of the song. Now, walk up to the C chord and then press, B flat, F, D, B flat, D, C, B flat, A, B flat, A, C, D, and D. Continue to play these chords until you reach the end of the son...

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 "Jingle Bells" on the ukulele

Want to play "Jingle Bells" 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 popular Christmastime carol on y...

How To: Create a techno beat in GarageBand 08

If you like techno music and want to create your own music, this video takes us through the steps of how to do that. Using GarageBand '08, you can create your own techno beat. All you need to do is create a new file in GarageBand at 140 beats per minute. The piano tool will need to be changed to techno kit and can be altered to different octaves moving higher or lower along the scale. You can then record your beats and perfect it for your own custom techno beat, and the best part is you don't...

How To: Play "In the End" by Linkin Park

Watch this piano tutorial video to learn how to play "In the End" 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 "In the End" on the piano after watching this helpful how-to video.

How To: Play "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode on piano

Are you a fan of Depeche Mode? This tutorial is designed to help you play "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode on the piano or keyboard. This song isn't taught in a literal or mechanical fashion but rather is taught to grasp the song's structural parameters & essence. This video will help you understand the body of "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode and enables you to make it your own. This how to video is for intermediate to advanced piano students. With this lesson you will be able to play ...

How To: Play "Tong Hua" by Guang Liang on the piano

Learn how to play the Guang Liang (Michael Wong) song "Tong Hua" or "Fairytale" on the piano or keyboard with this tutorial. This is a beautiful piano piece that's really worth playing. This song is played at tempo and then slowed down so it the notes are easier to follow. Watch this piano how to video and you will be playing "Tong Hua" by Guang Ling in no time at all.

How To: Play the Beatles' "Because" on piano

This video teaches a piano novice how to play the introduction to “Because” by the Beatles, which was written by John Lennon. A close up on the instructor’s hands from above demonstrates the fingering for the piece. The view of the fingering is very important, since this video does not teach you how to read sheet music. Instead, it takes you through the rudimentary fingering. You will not need to know what a quarter rest, an eighth note, or a key signature mean. The instructor plays the intro...

How To: Play "The Pink Panther" by Henry Mancini on the ukulele

Want to play the theme from The Pink Panther on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. 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 ...

How To: Use effects automation in Garageband

In this video, Nick teaches us how to use effects automation in Garageband. Any effects you use on your track will allow you to change the effects over time if you change how you want it. First, load up your track and loop it up by clicking on the loop button. Once finished, load up effects so you can automate them later. Hit the "i" button, then go to the details tab on the bottom. Now, change the effects you would like for automation. For the first one, go with the "au" filter, then for the...

How To: Play "Everybody Knows" by John Legend on guitar

This acoustic guitar video lesson, brought to you by Aaron from Free and Easy Guitar, will teach you how to play "Everybody Knows" by John Legend. Before you begin you will need a capo to play this song the way he performs it. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the strumming and chords used in the song, calling out the chords and explaining the strum pattern he uses to play the song, going into detail on how to finger the chords he uses.

How To: Play "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean

Learn how to play "He's a Pirate" from Pirates Of The Caribbean on the piano or keyboard with this tutorial. This song is first played at regular speed and then is slowed down so it is easier to follow the notes. The middle C of the tutorial is one octave higher in the slow part of the song because the camera had to be set one octave lower so you could see the chords. Watch this piano how to video and you will be able to play "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean in no time.

How To: Play flats and sharps on pan flute

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn several different ways to play sharps and flats on your pan flute. You can push the flute into your lip, tilt the instrument, lower your jaw, or push your top lip out to cover part of the opening. These four methods allow even beginners to easily play sharps and flats on the pan flute.

How To: Play "You Are My Sunshine" on the guitar

If you are looking to begin playing the guitar then this how to video is the place to start. Here's a simple accompaniment for "You Are My Sunshine" using three chords and some basic fingerpicking. You will learn the chords for this song and some easy fingerpicking techniques. With this tutorial you will learn how to play and sing along to "You Are My Sunshine."

How To: Play Sir Elton John's "Your Song" on piano

Want to know how to perform Elton John's "Your Song" 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 "Your Song" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the Beatles' "All My Loving" on the ukulele

Want to play "All My Loving" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles 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 the...

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