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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 a reggae rhythm on acoustic 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 reggae rhythm on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better you'll soun...

How To: Attach the earth cable to the back of a DJ mixer

Check out this instructional DJ video that demonstrates how to attach the earth cable for most vinyl turntables to the back of the DJ mixer. This video is dedicated to the new DJ who is just starting out and setting up new gear. The earth cable has to be fitted to your mixer. Watch this turntable tutorial video to learn how to attach the earth cable to the back of a DJ mixer to stop any nasty buzzing sounds. Practice and enjoy!

How To: Play the harmonica in the key of G

In this video from pazzmanmusic we learn how to play the harmonica in the key of G. Draw on the 1, blow on the 2 and blow on the 3. Then draw on the 3. A bit of a bend draw. Then walk it down by drawing on the 2 and then drawing on the 1. Then he goes on to play a riff where he blows on the 1 and 4 holes and covers the 2 and 3 with his tongue.

How To: Play "Perfect" by Simple Plan on the acoustic guitar

Want to play Simple Plan's "Perfect" on acoustic guitar? 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 this song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play John Lee Hooker style blues riff on the guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well first you have to learn techniques from the masters. This guitar lesson from Siggi Mertens teaches you how to play a ohn Lee Hooker style blues riff. There are similar blues riffs to this John Lee Hooker riff. "Boom, Boom" or "Suzie Q" by Creedence Clearwater Revival or Tommy Emmanuel´s "Stevie´s Blues" are great examples of this blues style riff. Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into y...

How To: Play piano by ear for beginners

When you're a piano player, showing off book learning is nice, but have you ever noticed that the most renown piano stars can improvise like nobody's business? Though their melodic tunes seem to emerge from the top of their heads, piano experts have spent years training their ears to be able to play piano by ear.

How To: Play country rhythm guitar patterns

In this video, we learn how to play country rhythm guitar patterns. The sound will have a little bit of a bass pickup when you play it to get a country sound. First, hold down an open G chord and on beat one pick the first string. Continue to move the pick down the strings and move back up. As you go, you will move slowly and keep the same noise of the strings as you go around. This will take a little bit of practice, but is a great exercise to get the right country sound for the guitar pattern.

How To: Play Art Tatum two-finger descending runs on piano

If you have so much as a passing interest in jazz piano, then you've surely heard of Art Tatum. This two-part tutorial offers a visual demonstration of one of Art Tatum's favorite licks, the two-finger descending run. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate or advanced pianists, players of all skill levels can play along. Watch this tutorial to get started playing two-finger runs.

How To: Transpose music on the piano

This how to video explains transposing music from one key to another. Transposition, in music, is when you move a series of notes up or down a constant interval. Transposing is a great skill to have, especially when playing jazz music. Watch this tutorial and you will be transposing your sheet music in no time.

How To: Get started playing slide guitar

A step-by-step video tutorial presented by Andrew Wasson shows the basics of playing the slide guitar for beginners. First, choose what kind of slide you want. Metal slides are known for their high-end treble sound, while glass slides are a little warmer sounding. Andrew goes on to teach you what gauge of strings are best suited for slide playing, as well as how to pick which finger to use your slide on.

How To: Play "Simple Man" by Lynrd Skynyrd on guitar

Want to learn how to play Lynyrd Skynyrd on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and covered by Shinedown on the acoustic guitar. This version is more like the Shinedown version of the song and is not exactly how Lynyrd Skynyrd 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 the guitar along to "Simple Man" by Lyn...

How To: Play "Wanted Dead or Alive" & "Peace Train" on guitar

In this song tutorial, you'll learn how to play the introductions to two popular songs, "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Jon Bon Jovi and "Peace Train" by Yusuf Islam (né Cat Stevens). While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate and advanced guitarists, players of all skill levels can play along. Watch this lesson to get started playing "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Peace Train" on your guitar!

How To: Play "Hey Soul Sister" by Train on baritone ukulele

Want to play "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train 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 "Hey, Soul Sister" on your own baritone uke, watch this free video ukulele lesson.

How To: Make an dubstep "wub wub" bass beat on your computer in FL Studio

Dubstep is the music of the moment in the global underground electronic music scene, and producers from all types of music are incorporating it into their tracks. One of it's distinctive features is the "wub wub" style of bass track that dubstep producers favor, and it can improve all kinds of songs. This video will show you how to get a really good "wub wub" bass effect in FL Studio for use in all your Dubstep and fusion tracks.

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: Play "Guava Jelly" by Bob Marley on the ukulele

In this how-to video, you will learn how to play "Guava Jelly" by Bob Marley on the ukulele. You will need a tuned ukulele and basic knowledge of chords in order to play this song. The first part consists of the chords G, C, and D. The second chord progression consists of G, Em, C and D. After this, start playing C, G, D, G, C, G, C, G, D and G. Next, repeat the first progression for the next verses. After this, repeat the third chord progression and then go back into the intro progression. T...

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