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How To : Play string instruments

String instruments make up a large part of many orchestras and include the violins, violas, cellos and double bass. Learn all about the characteristics and history of string instruments with tips from a composer in this free music video series. Part 1 of 10 - How to Play strin ...more

How To : Make a mizrab (mezrab) in one minute

You will need a steel wire to make a mizrab (mezrab) in one minute. Use a N 16 (0.92 mm) for a heavy mizrab. A mezrab is a plectrum which is used for several Iranian and Indian string instruments.

How To : Hold a cello bow correctly

Watch to learn the correct way to hold a cello bow. This is good for beginners because it requires no prior knowledge of cello or string instruments.

How To : Play bass guitar scales

Bass is the anchor of the string instruments linking all the others together. See why and get playing tips in this free video series on musical instruments. Part 1 of 17 - How to Play bass guitar scales. Play bass guitar scales - Part 2 of 17. Click through to watch this video ...more

How To : Use a capo with your ukulele

Whether you play guitar or ukulele, or whatever instrument that actually uses a capo, being able to successfully use a capo is important for creating new sounds and new forms of amber for your chords. In this video you will learn how to use a capo to change the notes of the op ...more

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 o ...more

How To : Learn the major chords for the ukulele

In this Music & Instruments video tutorial you will learn how to learn the major chords for the ukulele. You number the strings on the ukulele going from bottom to top; bottom one being #1 and the topmost being #4. The frets are numbered 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on starting from t ...more

How To : Play the ruan, a Chinese Lute

In this tutorial, we learn how to play the ruan, a Chinese Lute. First, sit on 2/3 of the chair, then rest the ruan on the lap, slanting it 45 degrees to the left. For the left hand position rest the thumb at the back of the neck and allow the other fingers to curve into a bal ...more

How To : Adjust an electric guitar's intonation and action

First off, if you're new to electric guitars, here are some handy dandy definitions for you before you watch this video: 1. Action is how your frets feel when you press down on them with your finger. Finely tuned and taut strings will not be too sharp or too flat when played. ...more

How To : Tune your ukulele to itself with Ukulele Mike

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, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's preeminent tropical tutor, Ukulele Mike. This parti ...more

How To : Mic a guitar

Check out this instructional recording video that shows you how to mic a guitar. This installment focuses on guitar recording techniques, covering the basics of acoustic and electric guitar recording and some of the options you as an engineer have after the recording is done. ...more

How To : Choose & Buy a Guitar

Choose and buy a Guitar - A beginners guide to the Guitar. The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments there is, appealing to both the young and the not so young and spanning different musical genre's such as blues, pop, rock, classical and many more. So, Im gu ...more

How To : Change the nylon strings on a classical guitar

In this Music & Instruments video tutorial you will learn how to change the nylon strings on a classical guitar. Take the peg winder and unwind all the old strings. Then unravel all the strings from the bridge. Make sure the bridge doesn’t fall off. Take a new string and ins ...more

How To : Play power-piano guitar licks like Paul Gilbert

If you're a musician in need of some lessons, there's no better way to learn than with MusicRadar's so-called "Tuition" instructions. Although the title tuition is misleading, this video class is anything but costly, because it's free, right here. Whether you're looking for he ...more

How To : Make an Electric Cigar Box Guitar for $25

A large number of the greatest musicians to ever shape the history of sound first learned to play on cheap, dirty, and often times even homemade instruments. There is a very unique atmosphere that comes about when creating music with something made by your own hands—out of wha ...more

How To : Change Strings on an Upright Double Bass

In this video, I describe and show how to change strings on an upright double bass instrument. Several important thing that should be considered: First of all, don't change all strings at once, as this could damage your instrument if the sound post falls or changes position. S ...more

How To : Replace classical guitar nylon strings

In this tutorial, learn how to get the best play out of your guitar by performing routine maintenance. In this video, learn how to replace nylon strings on a classical guitar. This tutorial from All Instruments will show you how to do this, step by step. Expert repair technici ...more

How To : Easily tune a guitar without using a guitar tuner

Sometimes you need to tune your guitar to another instrument, or you'll need to tune it when you don't have an electronic tuner handy. This video shows you how to do that. Start with the A string, and make sure that's in tune with the other instrument. Put your finger on the f ...more

How To : Tune an eight string ukulele

In this video, a man with an 8 string ukulele teaches you how to tune such a musical instrument, which is similar to tuning 4 strings of a guitar. He starts be reminding you that the 12th fret of the ukulele must be exactly at the middle between the bridge and the nut. If not, ...more

How To : Finger chords when playing the ukulele

In this ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike Lynch, we learn how to finger chords without inadvertently muting strings. With the uke, as with any other instrument, if you want to improve, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash with free, high-quality ukulele l ...more

How To : String or restring a standard 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. In this how to video, Aldrine walks you through the steps of restringing your mini axe. Take is slowly, be careful, and en ...more

How To : Easily tune 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, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from Ukulele Underground. This particular tutorial provides a deta ...more

How To : Hold an acoustic guitar

Play the guitar by putting the body of the instrument on top of the legs and by placing the strumming hand on the strings. Learn to play the guitar with tips from a professional musician in this free video on music.

How To : Play acoustic guitar the basics for beginners

Play an acoustic guitar by putting the body of the instrument on top of the legs and using the right hand, if right-handed, to strum across the tops of the strings. Learn to play an acoustic guitar with tips from a professional musician in this free video on music.

How To : Play open string on the violin

This how to video covers some beginner theory and then moves on to introduce the open strings. we will covering some basic theory and then moving on to actually playing our instrument. You will learn how to play open strings and pizzicato notes. With the tips from this music l ...more

How To : Repair a crack in a ukulele with hot hide glue

Cracked ukulele? Why not take a crack at its repair yourself? This tutorial demonstrates how to repair a simple cracked open seam with hot hide glue using the "percussion" technique—a method, which incidentally, will work for any wooden string instrument. For careful, step-by- ...more

How To : Use Studio Instruments with SONAR and Project5

This music editing tutorial gives an extensive overview of how to use Cakewalk's new Studio Instruments to build your Drum, Bass, Keyboard, and String tracks. This video shows Studio Instruments in use in both SONAR and Project5. Studio Instruments is a collection of 4 virtual ...more

How To : Turn your guitar into a Tumbi

Learn how you can use your guitar as a tumbi to play Punjabi music with this tutorial. The tumbi is a traditional North Indian, high pitched, single string plucking instrument from the Punjab region. This instrument is associated with folk music of Punjab and presently very po ...more

How To : Restring guitars with a stop-bar tailpiece

In this Music & Instruments video tutorial you will learn how to restring guitars with a stop-bar tailpiece. The video shows how to do this on a solid body electric guitar. First, with the Planet Waves pro winder rotate the tuning key button clockwise to release the tension on ...more

How To : Change strings on the erhu

In this video, we learn how to change the strings on the erhu. First, loosen and remove the inner string. After this, take and unwind the new inner string. Then, take the end with the loop and put it through the Qianjing. Then, loop it in the screw at the bottom of the erhu. T ...more

How To : Play a ghost catcher

In this tutorial, we learn how to play a ghost catcher. First, you want to place your index finger on the top of the end of the ghost catcher, then use your other fingers to help hold it. Now, place your mouth on the other end of the instrument. You will pick the strings with ...more

How To : Replace a single guitar string

Are you only having trouble with one, single guitar string? No problem! No need to change the entire set. In this tutorial, learn how to replace a single string on your guitar and keep your instrument in top playing condition. By replacing the rogue string, you will be able t ...more

How To : Re-string your guitar strings with locking tuners

Locking tuners make guitar playing much easier. Essentially, locking tuners keep you from having to constantly tune and retune your instrument by keeping the chords locked in place. In this tutorial, learn how to change the strings on a guitar that has locking tuners installed ...more

How To : Tune your guitar with the 5th fret rule

The ability to tune a guitar is a skill every guitar player should possess. With this tutorial, learn how to properly tune a guitar either using a digital tuner or by using the fifth fret rule. Though a digital tuner is by far a more convenient option, certain situations my re ...more

How To : Play the guitar using only three strings

Don't know how to play the guitar but want to learn? Do you want to learn fast and impress your friends? No problem! Check out this video and master the 3 basic chords (or strings) on your instrument instantly and trick everyone into thinking you've been playing for years! Thi ...more

How To : Play a muted strum 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 play muted st ...more

How To : Play moveable minor chord forms 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 play three mo ...more

How To : Tune your acoustic guitar using a U.S. phone

If you have a natural ear for music and have perfect pitch, then tuning any sort of instrument, including the guitar, is probably not a problem for you. But for the rest of us, a piano or a pitch finder is necessary to make sure our guitars are in tune. But what if you're tra ...more

How To : Play C, Am & F chords on the ukulele

Michael Lynch gives a second tutorial on how to play three different chords on the ukulele, C, Am, and F. First, start by bracing the ukulele against your chest, cradle it in your right arm, and make sure that your left hand is correct on the neck of the instrument. Make sure ...more

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 wil ...more

How To : Make a cup that sounds like a chicken

It Really Sounds Like a Chicken! Have fun with your friends and family when you build this little device that sounds just like a chicken. This is also a great example of how sounding boards work. The cup makes the vibrations louder while the wet paper towel provides friction t ...more

How To : Play "Lonesome Atlanta Blues" on slide guitar

Bottleneck slide guitar is based on an early one string folk instrument called the Diddley-Bow, and the traditional playing style of Hawaiian Guitar. The early Blues Masters of the 1920s and 30s, would place a bottleneck from a wine bottle, or a short piece of metal pipe on th ...more

How To : Play the cello

If you are interested in playing the cello, check out our expert with these cello basics in this free music lesson video series on a beautiful string instrument. Part 1 of 10 - How to Play the cello. Play the cello - Part 2 of 10. Click through to watch this video on expertvil ...more

Minecraft : Musical Wonderland

Have you ever wanted to ride a rollercoaster while listening to Lady Gaga? Or have the Star Wars theme auto-play when you enter your house? You can with Minecraft. Search Youtube for a popular song + Minecraft, and chances are there will be a video for it! Minecraft gives pla ...more

Review : Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Image via Tiger Mom Says. Amy Chua didn't realize what she unleashed when the Wall Street Journal published a string of excerpts from her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and titled it "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior". The article sparked a lot of interest and anger, ...more

How To : Read guitar tabs to play music

Guitar tablature is a diagram of the strings and frets of the instrument and where the fingers are placed in a chord or song. This how to video teaches you to read guitar tabs.

How To : Play Bach on the violin

The violin is a great string instrument for playing Bach from sheet music. Learn how to play Bach on the violin using violin sheet music in this free video series of online violin lessons. Part 1 of 15 - How to Play Bach on the violin. Play Bach on the violin - Part 2 of 15. C ...more

How To : Play simple basslines on the upright bass

Practice upright bass with easy basslines in different keys and styles. Learn how to play simple upright bass basslines from a music teacher in this free bowed string instrument video series. Part 1 of 15 - How to Play simple basslines on the upright bass. Play simple bassline ...more

How To : Play the cello

In this series of videos, learn more about the cello from an expert cellist! Learn the basics such as how to hold the cello and identify the different parts of the instrument. You will need to know where the scroll, the peg box and the bridge are located on your cello. You can ...more

How To : Play up the neck on an upright bass

Practice upright bass scales and finger patterns by playing up the neck. Learn how to play up the neck on an upright bass from a music teacher in this free bowed string instrument video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play up the neck on an upright bass. Play up the neck on an u ...more

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