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How To: Play tenor saxophone

In these sax video lessons, our expert will explore the basics of tenor saxophone, from how to hold the instrument, embouchure and choosing reeds, to scales, arpeggios and jazz improvisation. Learn the art of playing the tenor saxophone today.

How To: Produce a resonant sound with the flute

Many young players have a too tight, smile embouchure with the flute high on their lip and the hole almost entirely covered. Some were initially taught the coke-bottle method of blowing straight across the hole. This video addresses these common problems that many flutists have. This flute playing method is based on the techings of Bradley Garner, who teaches the lower roll out into the flute technique. The angling the air toward the crown idea was taught by Alain Marion. It may feel very str...

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 didgeridoo with PVC

These are simple instructions on how to construct a PVC didgeridoo. You must work in a well ventilated area as you are dealing with heat and PVC fumes. You need a heat gun, pipe clamp, screwdriver, pipe cutter, dremel, PVC pipe, buffing bit and bucket of water. This is a detailed process of digeridoo making.

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: Play a Dolannes melody on the pan-flute

Watch this tutorial video to learn how to play a Dolannes melody 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 this beautiful Dolannes melody on your pan-flute.

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 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 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: Practice active breathing for flute

Check out this flute lesson on breathing techniques by Nina Perlove who teaches at Northern Kentucky University. This unconventional breathing method was taught by Alain Marion in Paris. The end goal is to allow your lungs and chest cavity to expand. You will have more breath control when playing the flute with the technique shown in this video.

How To: Play sharps and flats on pan-flute

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play sharps and flats on the pan-flute by tilting your jaw. This instructional video is good for beginners and will have you playing chromatic scales with sharps and flats on the pan-flute in no time.

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: 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: 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: 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: Build a pipe organ chair

It's a chair. It's a musical instrument. Eureka! Techno-guru Brian of tech makeover show My Home 2.0 builds a pipe organ chair, a (very) old-school invention that you can play just by sitting down. Sit back and enjoy this silent movie DIY!

How To: Play the flute

This simple video, from what seems to be an ordinary housewife, goes over the basics to playing a flute, all while reading the instructions out of her flute book. Watch this 2-part video to be a master.

The Art of Farting: Extreme Jedi Anus Control

Nearly all humans (admittedly childishly) admire the ability to emit uncannily musical armpit or hand farts, or even rarer- mouth fart motor engine aping. However, it is the rare occasion that a performer's gaseous-sounding melodic notes are indeed truly gaseous (meaning literally discharged from the butt-hole).

How To: Play the Native American kiowa flute

In this tutorial, we learn how to play the Native American kiowa flute. This is a very easy flute to play and has a very melodic sound to it. It is a double chambered flute and has soft and sensitive tones. There are knots that separate the chambers of the flute from each other. You will place your fingers on top of the different holes as you are blowing into the flute to make different sounds come out. When the air splits, you will hear different sounds coming out and can learn the notes tha...

News: May the Fart Be With You

Performance by WonderHowTo's beloved hand manualist, Gerry Phillips, in honor of Star Wars Day. (Compare Gerry's song with the original scene, second video in the gallery below). Previously, Happy Star Wars Day! Naked Stormtrooper Life Drawing (NSFW).

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 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: Do a vibrato for flute

Nina Perlove teaches vibrato for the flute in this instructional flute video. This technique can be applied to other wind instruments, too. This tutorial is great for a beginner attempting the vibrato for the first time, or for someone looking for ways to improve their vibrato. These exercises have a long history and have been tried and proven. Practice your vibrato on the flute and improve your flute playing skills!

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 the tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to hold and play the tin whistle. This video is intended for people who have never played the tin whistle before. This helpful how-to video will teach you all you need to know to get started playing the tin whistle.