Hot Winds How-Tos

How To: Whistle like a bird

This 3 part how to video walks you through imitating birds by whistling. First you will learn to whistle through your teeth and then how to practice the technique to whistle bird calls. Watch this tutorial and you'll be attracting birds in no time.

How To: Play flats and sharps on pan flute

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn several different ways to play sharps and flats on your pan flute. You can push the flute into your lip, tilt the instrument, lower your jaw, or push your top lip out to cover part of the opening. These four methods allow even beginners to easily play sharps and flats on the pan flute.

How To: Play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on a recorder

In this how-to video, you will learn how to play "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" on a recorder. The first note you have to play is a D. The D note is made of a G. This means three fingers on the top, and three fingers on the bottom. The left hand will be on the top. Play an A note by letting go of the bottom four holes. Do this transition over and over until you feel comfortable with this. Next play the next note by only holding one finger on the top hole. Next, play the last note by placing f...

How To: Make a Simple Didgeridoo from PVC

Traditional Aboriginal didgeridoos are made from trees that have been hollowed out by termites. Finishing work to smooth out surfaces and decorate the didgeridoo would soon follow. Lucky for you, you don't have to spend lots of money or find a hollowed out tree to create a didgeridoo!

How To: Play chords on the flute

In this short tutorial for beginners, chords on a flute is discussed with a demontration. How to play three note chords is demonstrated by flute teacher, Dan Lefler from Danman's Music School.

How To: Play the pan-flute

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play the pan-flute. This instructional video covers the tuning and some basic techniques for beginners who have never played the pan-flute before. This helpful how-to video will help you get started playing the pan-flute.

How To: Tune an ocarina

An ocarina is an ancient instrument similar to a flute. It has an oval-shaped body with four to twelve finger holes and a mouth tube projecting out from the body. This tutorial teaches you how to tune an ocarina. You will need a needle tool, a cutting tool or small sharp knife and a drill bit. With this how to video you will be able to tune your ocarina.

How To: Hold a recorder properly with Mrs. Hill

In this Music & Instruments video tutorial you are going to learn how to hold a recorder properly with Mrs. Hill. The bottom part of the recorder has one thumb hole at the back and seven holes on the front side. The thumb of the left hand goes on the thumb hole and the top three fingers of the left hand go on the top three holes on front side of the recorder. The other four holes are covered by the four fingers of the right hand and the right thumb goes behind the recorder. The fingers should...

How To: Make Native American flutes

In this expert video series, let Werner John show you how to make this incredible instrument. He will illustrate the basic steps required to make a wooden flute. From his knowledge, you will learn about various Native American style flutes and how to make them sing. So, what are you waiting for? Start making this wonderful instrument today.

How To: Play beginning recorder

If you have never played recorder before, (or if 3rd grade was a long time ago) this lesson should help you learn the basics of recorder playing: how to play all the notes and how to fix the squeaks. Play beginning recorder.

How To: Make your own didgeridoo

Watch this music how-to video to learn how to make your own didgeridoo out of agave using the fire drilling method. This tutorial video on how to make a didgeridoo is not for beginners, as it involves chopping down the agave tree yourself and does not provide spoken instructions.

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 the "Amazing Grace" hymn on a six-hole flute

In this free video flute lesson, you'll learn how to play "Amazing Grace." Regardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one.

How To: Play "Ode To Joy" on the recorder

This video is designed to teach you how to play Ode to Joy (from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.) Remember to play with your left hand on top. You may need to pause and replay parts to get the hang of it. Play "Ode To Joy" on the recorder.

How To: Play "Amazing Grace" on a five-hole flute

In this two-part flautist's tutorial, you'll learn how to play the "Amazing Grace" hymn on a five-hole flute. tutorialRegardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one.

How To: Whistle like a mourning dove

This video demonstrates how to whistle like a mourning dove using nothing but your hands and mouth. To do this, just place one hand on top of the other, put your thumbs together and blow through your thumbs.

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: Know different types of Native American flutes

In this series, learn about the different types of Native American flutes. You will be amazed by the various sounds and pitches that these instruments can produce. Let Werner John show you some different styles of Native American flutes. He also plays these flutes so that you can hear their distinctive sounds and pitches. So, start learning about wondrous world of Native American flutes today!

How To: Play a native American flute

When Werner John was introduced to a small wooden flute at age 11 it was love at first note! He has been playing for over 40 years. The Native American flute is a wonderful instrument, it sounds great, it's physically beautiful, but the best part about it is how easy it is to play. I've sold about 800 flutes to people all over the northeast in the last 16 years or so and no one has ever came back for more than three lessons. That says a lot about an instrument that people just pick up and mak...

How To: Hack together a working ocarina from a soda can

This musical instrument, coke can ocarina hack is fun & creative (but doesn't really make a nice sounding instrument). Follow these instructions to learn how to make your own coke can ocarina - who knows maybe you can mod this hack into a better sounding instrument. Good luck! Hack together a working ocarina from a soda can.

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: 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 the roll on a tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play a more difficult type of ornamentation, the roll, on a tin whistle. The roll takes a lot of practice to learn, and it is a combination of the cut and the hit. Tin whistlers will find this how-to video very helpful in learning how to play a roll on a tin whistle.

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 an agave didgeridoo

Watch this music video tutorial to learn how to make a didgeridoo, or didjeridu, out of agave. This instructional video will allow you to use an agave trunk to make your own didgeridoo using a process that is involved and not for beginners.

How To: Care for your recorder properly with Mrs. Hill

In this how-to video, you will learn how to maintain your recorder instrument. First, label your recorder with a permanent marker in case you leave it somewhere. This will allow someone to identify who it belongs to. First, use the cleaning rod and put a piece of cotton cloth on it. Push it through the opening of the recorder to get any spit and dirty out of the recorder. To clean the mouth piece, use an old tooth brush and scrub it. Once in a while, it is a good idea to wash the recorder in ...

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: 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: 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...

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