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How To: Practice high end exercises on the sax

This is a demonstration of High End exercises on the saxophone. This exercise involves the last five notes on the top, starting from B up to a high F and back down. There are also different combinations. This tutorial video is great for beginners and advanced sax players. Check out this instructional sax video that shows you how to practice these high end exercises and improve your saxophone playing skills!

How To: Play "The Cat's Meow" by Joanie Madden on tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play Joanie Madden's "The Cat's Meow" on tin whistle. This video is best for intermediate tin whistle players, as beginners may find it too difficult to learn how to play Joanie Madden's "The Cat's Meow" on tin whistle. For note names and music, visit www.thesession.org.

How To: Play flute scales in A Major

In this series of videos, learn more about playing the flute in the key of A major from our expert. An experienced player, she first teaches you about what a musical scale is and and how a flute actually sounds. You will learn scales easily by watching these videos and also learn how to play chords on the flute.

How To: Play "Grinnin' in your Face" by Son House on harmonica

Check out this instructional harmonica video that shows you how to play "Grinnin' in your Face" by Son House on the harmonica. This video provides some tips to playing the harmonica, including having soul and being yourself. The harmonica should be an extension of yourself, so express the inner harmonica tune within your soul by watching this tutorial video! Learn Son House's "Grinnin' in your Face" and stomp them boots to this tune!

How To: Play flute scales in A flat (Ab)

In this series of videos, learn more about playing the flute in the key of Ab from our expert. An experienced player, she first teaches you about what a musical scale is and and how a flute actually sounds. You will learn scales easily by watching these videos and also learn how to play chords on the flute.

How To: Play a Bb minor chord with arpegio on flute

Looking to brush up on your basic flute skills? In this short beginners flute lesson, learn how to play a Bb minor chord on the flute with arpegio with Dan Lefler of Danman's Music School. A demonstration of how it should sound when played correctly is presented.

How To: Make a membrane pipe from CPVC

This video tutorial demonstrates how to make a membrane pipe out of CPVC. The pipework is all 3/4" and 1/2" CPVC pipe and 3/4" CPVC adaptors (T-joint, coupling, cap). You can use 1/2" O.D. vinyl tubing for the mouthpiece, a piece of a Meijer grocery bag for the membrane, and some masking tape to create the bottom seal and to try to fix the pitch of some of the fingerholes. The pipe creates a very clear, clean sound that reminiscent of a clarinet or Scottish smallpipes. To get started building...

How To: Play a polka on the tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play Peg Ryan's "Polka" on the tin whistle. This tune is faster and more complicated, so make sure you are comfortable with slower tunes first. Beginners will find this instructional video helpful in learning how to play a polka on the tin whistle.

How To: Play a roll on a tin whistle in an Irish reel

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play "The Silver Spear," a common Irish reel, with ornamentation like the roll on your tin whistle. The teacher first plays the reel slowly, then adds ornaments and plays up to tempo. Intermediate tin whistlers will find this instructional video most helpful to learning how to incorporate rolls into Irish wheels on the tin whistle.

How To: Make and play a didgeridoo

This music tutorial video shows how to make a didgeridoo, an aboriginal instrument, out of a PVC pipe, beeswax, and other household materials. Making and playing your own didgeridoo will be easy with the instructions in this helpful how-to video.

How To: Replace a clarinet reed

Clarinets are beautiful wind instruments. They can play almost any type of music and they are fun to learn. Once you start playing your clarinet, you will need to know how to maintain it.

How To: Play the "A" flute note with fingering

In this tutorial, we learn how to play the "a" note with fingering. First put your head joint into the main body of the flute, then grab it so the end is in the palm of the hand. Slowly turn it so it goes into the flute easily. Now, line the hole up so it's equal with the center of the keys and hold the flute correctly. Hold your fingers onto the flute so all your fingers on the right hand are up except for your pinkie finger. Your third finger on the left should be on the 'a' key and the two...

How To: Play the notes B, A, and G on a recorder with Mrs.Hill

How to play the notes b, a, and g on a recorderHillary Hill demonstrates to us how to play a mouth piece. Note b is played by completely covering the thumb hole in the back and the thumb hole in the front. Remember to cover the hole completely to avoid squicky sounds. Note a is played by covering the thumb hole in the back, the first hole at the top and the second hole. To play g, its the thumb hole and the top three holes on the piece. Its important to use the left hand because when we learn...

How To: Play "Star of the County Down" on the tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play the common Irish song "Star of the County Down" on the tin whistle. This song is great for learning new techniques and ornamentation, particularly tonguing. Beginning tin whistlers will find this instructional video very helpful in learning how to play "Star of the County Down" on the tin whistle.

How To: Make a carrot ocarina

Check out this instructional ocarina video that shows you how to make a carrot ocarina. This video is in Japanese with English subtitles. This video is great for Zelda enthusiasts and anyone who can appreciate the art of ocarina playing. Follow the simple instructions outlined in this ocarina tutorial and learn how to make a carrot ocarina that will impress your music friends!

How To: Play the recorder with Mrs. Hill

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play a recorder. The mouthpiece of the recorder goes onto your bottom lip and in front of your bottom teeth. Do not bite on it. You rest your mouth on it. Only the tip of the mouthpiece goes in your mouth. When you blow on the recorder, blow with a steady air stream with a small amount of air. Squeaking is caused when you blow too hard and if you finger are not covering the holes completely. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested ...

How To: Play a cut on a tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn a basic but crucial ornament, the cut, on the tin whistle. The cut is very similar to the hit and is a good technique for beginners to learn, but it takes a lot of practice. Tin whistlers of every level will find this instructional video helpful in learning how to play the cut on a tin whistle.

How To: Build a homemade redneck PVC $2 didgeridoo

This is a tutorial on how to make a $2.00 didgeridoo. Redneck style out of ABS pipe, this homemade musical instrument is a fun project. This is constructed using chemicals that are caustic and possibly harmful. Only practice in a well ventilated area. Build a homemade redneck PVC $2 didgeridoo.

How To: Play the didgeridoo for beginners

Interested in learning how to play the didgeridoo? If so, this video lesson may prove a good place to begin. This tutorial will walk you through the rudiments of didgeridoo playing, including tonal techniques for varying the pitch, volume and timbre of your didge. For more information, and to get started playing didgeridoo yourself, watch this helpful video tutorial.

How To: Play "My Tribute" on pan-flute

Watch this tutorial video to learn how to play "My Tribute" on your pan-flute. This instructional video features a note-by-note transcription; knowledge of the letter note of each pipe is required. Soon you'll be playing "My Tribute" beautifully on your pan-flute.

How To: Align your flute headjoint to the body for comfort

Many flute books suggest center-to-center (blow-hole lines up with center of keys) structure, but this can lead to comfort problems and inefficient use of the arm tendons. So this quick video is for teachers and advanced students to show some of the "rock and roll" problems and their solutions.

How To: Practice the octave and fourth exercise on the sax

This is a demonstration of Low End exercises on the saxophone. This is one of the tone and ear-training exercises in octaves and perfect fourths. This tutorial video is great for beginners and advanced sax players. Check out this instructional sax video that shows you how to practice these low end exercises. Try out the octave and fourth exercise on the saxophone and improve your saxophone playing skills!

How To: Play "The Dawning of the Day" on tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play "The Dawning of the Day" on the tin whistle and review basic hand position. This video is directed toward beginning tin whistlers. You'll be playing "The Dawning of the Day" on your tin whistle in no time after you've watched this helpful how-to video.