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How To: Play Pirates of the Caribbean main theme on violin

If you're a violin player who's looking to play the main theme song of Pirates of the Caribbean then look no further. This simple video walks you through the song. You'll likely want or need to pause a few times as you work out the fingering, but hang in there and you'll get it. This song is a catchy little ditty you can whip out at any party or seafaring bash. Memories of Jack Sparrow will soon be floating through your head as you play this song. Now you can play Pirates of the Caribbean the...

How To: Play "Beyond the Sea (La Mer)" on the ukulele

Want to play Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" 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 m...

How To: Play the bass line to "Rain" by the Beatles

Want to know how to play the bass line to the Beatles' "Rain"? Learn how with this free video bass lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, bassists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing this John Lennon song on your own electric bass, watch this how-to!

How To: Utilize the crossing over piano technique

Playing parts that require more than five fingers on the piano is one of the first challenges that beginning players must learn to overcome. This video by David from Piano Play It teaches us how to use the crossing over technique, in which one crosses their fingers over and under one another without moving the hand. This makes it much less challenging to play seven and eight finger melody and bass parts without leaving the hand out of position.

How To: Play "Are You Sleeping? (Frère Jacques)" on ukulele

Want to play "Frère Jacques" 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 famous French folk song on your...

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 "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles

You can learn how to play "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles on guitar. This song is a pretty simple song for guitar beginners and requires that you know how to play about four open chords. The Beatles are a very famous rock band who established their band in the 1960's. They released this song in 1964. This video is great to watch and follow along with. You can pause it whenever you need to and then resume. The guitarist also talks about strumming techniques and style.

How To: Master your song in Studio One

Come see how to master your own music tracks with software by Studio One! Just follow the step by step instructional video. Mastering is done from the project page, which is not available in Studio One Artist. If you want mastering features, please upgrade to Studio One Professional. How to Master a song using Studio One: Adjust song start and end markers: Click on Open Marker Track button. Click and drag start and end markers to the beginning and end of the song. Master a song in a new proje...

How To: Play "Nowhere Man" by The Beatles on guitar

In this instructional acoustic guitar video, Rob shows you how to play cool songs on your guitar. In this lesson, learn how to play the song "Nowhere Man" by the Beatles. This video is great for beginners and advanced guitar players. This is a great and easy song to perform. Learn all the basic chords by watching this guitar tutorial video. Play "Nowhere Man" by the Beatles and improve your guitar playing skills!

How To: Play famous Tori Amos riffs on the piano

Are you a fan of Tori Amos? This tutorial is designed to help you play famous riffs by Tori Amos on the piano or keyboard. This two part lesson demonstrates riffs from Silent All These Years, Precious Things, Pretty Good Year, A Sorta Fairytale, Cooling, iieee, Winter, Spark (extended), Cornflake Girl, Lust, Bliss, Take Me with You, and Space Dog.. This video will help you understand these riffs by Tori Amos and enables you to make them your own. This how to video is for intermediate to advan...

How To: Play "House of the Rising Sun" on acoustic guitar

Learning to play your favorite songs on your guitar is not only a wonderful way of passing the time–and impressing those whom you'd like to impress–, it can do wonders for your technique. In this song tutorial from Siggi Mertens' series of beginning guitar lessons, you'll learn how to play "House of the Rising Sun," a folk song perhaps most famously recorded by the Animals. While this video tutorial is geared towards beginners, it assumes at least some prior knowledge of guitar playing and it...

How To: Sing and beatbox at the same time

This video is a demonstration of how to sing and beatbox Rahzel's "If Your Mother Only Knew." This video breaks down each word in the song and how it relates to the drum part. To do this you need to know how to hum and beatbox at the same time. Good luck!

How To: Strum "Hey There Delilah" on the ukulele

The ukulele is a beautiful and unique stringed instrument that is perfect for the traveling musician because it is so portable and relatively inexpensive. The ukelele is a version of a small guitar that originated in Hawaii. In this tutorial you will learn how to strum "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's on the ukulele. Once you get a hang of this beginner song you can impress your friends with this rendition of "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's on your uke.

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 rolled chords on the piano

This how to video talks about rolled chords on the piano or keyboard. A rolled chord is a sequence of notes played almost at the same time like strumming a chord on a guitar and very common to provide a harp-like effect on the piano. There are two main uses for rolled chords, one is for the sound effect it makes when played, and the other use is to join big chords that wouldn't be possible for the average person to play solid. This technique is commonly used in 20th century piano music. Watch...

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: Disassemble an accordion

The reeds, cover pins, keys and the bass are a few of the parts you'll need to identify and disassemble on your accordion. Learn more in this free video series that will show you how to safely and easily remove the different parts of your accordion.

How To: Play the dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute

In this video, we learn how to play the dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute. First, fine the mouth hole where you place your mouth. After this, look to see the different finger holes that are on the side of the flute. At the end, you will see air vents that are not to be confused with the finger holes. To prepare the flute, you can twist it so the pitch is changed when you play it. Now, place your fingers along the finger holes and start to blow into the mouth opening. After you do this, you will be...

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: String or restring a ukulele with a tie bridge

In this clip, you'll learn how to string up a uke with a standard tie-style bridge. If you want to get really good at playing the ukulele, it stands to reason that your instrument will need strings on it. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality video lessons like this one from the folks at Hawaii Music Supply. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video ukulele tutorial.

How To: Play "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this five-part keyboard tutorial, you'll learn how to play Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" on piano. 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 "Don't Let the Sun Down on Me," press play!