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How To : Use the heel-up and heel-down bass drum techniques

A band leader, classical percussionist, clinician and author, Steve Houghton is also the associate professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fu ...more

How To : Find North in Minecraft Without Using a Compass

It's easy to lose oneself when playing Minecraft and easier still to get plum lost. That's why it's always good to have a compass on hand. No compass? No problem. There are, in fact, no fewer than seven methods at your disposal for finding true north in a Minecraft world. Bett ...more

How To : Perform a general eye exam on a patient

If you're a medical student, you'll learn a lot from this video lesson on examining your patient's eyes. If the patient is having trouble seeing, like double vision, blurred vision, pain or any other problem, a proper eye examination is detrimental to properly diagnosing and t ...more

How To : Make Chain Mail Armor from Start to Finish

This article is a guide for making Chainmail Armor from start (simple wire) to finish (a finished chainmail shirt). We will be using the European 4 in 1 weave, as this is the most common weave. This is the weave that you usually see in movies. There are several sections to thi ...more

How To : Improve Your Shooting Ability For Soccer

Shooting technique: Locking your ankle and pointing your toes down when striking the ball is probably the most important factor in developing the proper shooting technique. It is probably the hardest skill to learn in soccer, but not anymore because I am here to guide you thro ...more

How To : Use proper footwork as a catcher in baseball

This collection of instructional videos from BaseballRox focuses on the big three footwork positions for the catcher. Coach Luckhurst explains the Big 3 footwork, the jump-shift, the rocket throw and much more as a catcher in the sport of baseball. This BaseballRox catcher's ...more

How To : Wrap a gift the easy way

In this tutorial, we learn how to wrap a gift the easy way. To begin, lay the wrapping paper down on a flat surface. Next, lay your gift down upside down on the middle of the paper. Next, fold the paper over half the gift, then tape it. After this, measure the other side to me ...more

How To : Slow down cloth simulations in MAXON Cinema 4D

This quick tip demonstrates a method of slowing down your cloth simulations. This method can be used with various other animation techniques that involve deformation of your objects at a point level. Whether you're new to MAXON's popular 3D modeling application or are just loo ...more

How To : Make your very own paper spinner

Evil Penguin Master demonstrates how to make a paper spinner. First fold a regular sheet of paper in half, defining the lines well. Then, cut the paper along the crease with scissors or tear it with your hands. Next, fold the halved paper again lengthwise. Then, fold down the ...more

How To : Use the best ukulele strum in the world

Hit a plateau in your ukulele technique? Why not learn the Best Ukulele Strum in the (New) World? This free video ukulele lesson will get you started. In terms of discrete strokes, the strumming pattern can be described as follows: down, thumb, up down, thumb, up, down and thu ...more

How To : Multiply & Divide Numbers (Basic Elementary Math)

Adding and subtracting may be the easiest of mathematical operations, but once you get it down, multiplication and division can be just as easy. That's why it's called elementary arithmetic. If it were harder, it would be called college algebra or trigonometry. But it's not— i ...more

How To : Nail down the basics of boffer combat

Combat is a fundamental part of many boffer larps, and you'll need to know how to fight well in order to have a successful PC for most games. This tutorial starts with the very basics of weapon grip, and shows you other important boffer combat techniques, like footwork and how ...more

How To : Deal with heart palpitations

Heart palpitations can be a serious problem if it's not monitored properly. If you're starting to get more and more heart palpitations, or if you've been experiencing them recently, it might be a good idea to watch this video. In it, you will learn what signs to watch out for ...more

How To : Practice Advanced Skills for Softball Pitching

Fast-pitch softball is fast becoming one of the most popular youth sports in America. This video features softball coach Cirssy Rapp demonstrating some advanced techniques for developing athletes fast pitch softball skills. These include learning how to throw hard before worki ...more

How To : Hit a backhand corner drive in squash

This technique drill video shows you how to hit a backhand corner drive in squash. 1. When you're moving into the backhand corner 2. Make sure you get down low 3. Let the racket head drop beside your body 4. Swing under the ball 5. And follow through.

How To : Hit a backhand lob in squash

This is an instructional video of the backhand lob technique in squash. 1. Prepare your racket early to the ball 2. Make sure the racket head drops down and under the ball 3. With a slight snap of the wrist 4. Then follow through.

How To : Face-off in lacrosse

Paul Cantabene teaches you his three best face off techniques. First learn how to hold your stick and the proper stance. Also includes the down the line clamp, the top, and the rake. Part 1 of 2 - How to Face-off in lacrosse. Part 2 of 2 - How to Face-off in lacrosse.

How To : Pump and flow in mountain biking

Mountain bike tips, how-to's and techniques from Shaums March (MMR Camps). Pull up and push down on rollers and holes to keep momentum going in the mountains. Part 1 of 2 - How to Pump and flow in mountain biking. Part 2 of 2 - How to Pump and flow in mountain biking.

How To : Make an English curve with an elevated cue

This video makes you aware of the possibility of curving the ball slightly with an elevated cue stick. The elevated cue stick striking down on the cue ball will cause a very slight curve in the direction of whichever English technique you use. This video is good for those who ...more

How To : Make a fashionable duct-tape wallet

Is That All Duct Tape demonstrates how to make a duct tape wallet. You will need a knife, duct tape of any color and measuring tape. First, rip off a piece of tape about 10 inches long. Put the tape sticky side up. Attach another piece of tape sticky side down on top of it hal ...more

How To : Tone your back with a lat pull-down exercise

This incremental workout from Men's Health is a great way to tone your back. Pay special attention to the technique! Sit at a lat pull-down station and grab the bar with an overhand grip, your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keeping your head and back straight ...more

How To : Tone abs with a standing cable crunch exercise

Join Men's Health as they show you the "standing cable crunch" exercise, which uses a high-pulley cable to tone your abs. It's a great abs workout if you have the right equipment. Attach a rope to a high-pulley cable and stand with your back to the weights stack. Hold one end ...more

How To : Blend colored pencils with a paintbrush

Watch this fine art video tutorial to learn how to blend colored pencils with a paintbrush. "Today, I am going to demonstrate a new artistic technique. I am going to merge the best qualities of two artistic mediums; oil painting and color pencil. What you are now watching is ...more

How To : Swim a proper freestyle

New techniques may improve a swimming pool workout from Masters coach Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno. Before sticking a toe in the water, consider this advice: * Swim in a pool that's at least 20 to 25 yards long; those pools can usually be found at high schools and some gyms. A 50-me ...more

How To : Clone yourself using iMovie '09

Do you wish there were more of you? Well, at least two? At least in a video? This sweet video will show you how to do just that with Apple's iMovie. You'll also need a sturdy tripod that you DO NOT move. This is essential to creating the effect. If you move the tripod, this ef ...more

How To : Clone yourself with iMovie

One is the loneliest number there is. Well, unless you clone yourself! This sweet video will show you how to do just that with Apple's iMovie. You'll need iMovie 11, or iMovie 09. This technique is also possible by using other video editing software tools as long as they are c ...more

How To : Create realistic smoke and dust particles in Maya

The key to being able to animate realistic smoke or dust is being able to master the particle texture rate technique in Maya. Once you have gotten this down, you can create any sort of particle effect, such as sand or bubbles in addition to smoke and dust. This three part tuto ...more

How To : Play various harmonics on the guitar

Various guitar players have made harmonics, and pinch harmonics, a popular guitar technique that has inspired a generation. Guitar players like Zakk Wylde, Andy McKee, Eddie Van Halen, and other amazing players have all contributed their own style of incorporating them into th ...more

How To : Sound Like a Biological Woman When Speaking

In this tutorial, we learn how to sound like a biological woman while speaking. There are many different techniques to help you speak like a woman, including going into falsetto. This isn't about getting the sound, it's about learning how to not speak with resonance. You want ...more

How To : Refinish wood furniture with simple techniques

When that dusty old dresser you have starts looking more fit for Grandma than your sleek 21st century home, it may be time to refinish. This tutorial guides you accurately and quickly through how to refinish furniture, including using a chemical stripper, scraping off the fin ...more

How To : Fold a ninja star out of paper using origami

Ninja stars are pretty cool. They are easy to throw and make fun toys as well as decorations. In this tutorial, learn how to fold your own star using Japanese origami techniques. This star turns out very polished looking but is actually pretty easy to fold. So, grab some paper ...more

How To : Truss a chicken for beginners

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to truss poultry. Trussing is a technique that helps keep poultry in shape when cooking. To truss a chicken, begin by tucking the wing under the chicken and then flip it over. Wrap the string around the drumsticks, pull the string out ...more

How To : Throw a cast net to catch as much bait as you can

We learn how to throw a cast net. There are many different ways to do this since everyone develops their own personal technique. The way we're shown is this way: First choose your bait. Then get all the rope up in your hand. Lay your hand on the top. Come down about halfway. L ...more

How To : Do the Double Kong freerun trick

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a Double Kong. Before attempting this technique, viewers should first be able to do a regular Kong vault. The Double Kong is basically the same as the regular Kong vault, except you leap over two objects in stead of one in a jump ...more

How To : Do a thumb or index card fan

This video tutorial shows you how to create a fan using a pack of playing cards. Hold the cards firmly using the thumb and four index fingers of your right hand. You then drag the cards across from left to right using either your thumb or index finger. In order to snap the fan ...more

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