Hot Winds How-Tos

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: 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: 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 "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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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 an Irish jig and a hornpipe on a tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play a traditional Irish double jig, "Saddle the Pony," and a hornpipe, "The Boys of Blue Hill," on a tin whistle. Beginners may have trouble learning by watching in this video, so intermediate tin whistlers will find this video most helpful in learning how to play an Irish jig and a hornpipe on a tin whistle.

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: 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: 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: 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 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 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.

How To: Play "The Boys of Blue Hill" on tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial video to learn how to play a common Irish hornpipe, "The Boys of Blue Hill," on the tin whistle. This instructional video is intended for intermediate whistlers who are able to pick up songs just by listening. Intermediate tin whistlers will see their technique improve after watching this helpful how-to video and learning how to play "The Boys of Blue Hill" on 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 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 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 a hit on a tin whistle

Watch this winds tutorial to learn how to play a hit, the easiest and most common type of Irish ornamentation, on a tin whistle. Even first-time tin whistle players will find this video helpful. You'll be able to play hits on your tin whistle in no time after watching this instructional video.

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: 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...

How To: Play your first tone or note on the flute

You've just received your first flute! Now how to play it? This video starts by demonstrates the correct way to handle your flute and separate the mouthpiece from the body of the instrument. Then you're shown the proper technique for blowing into the mouth piece to get your first music tone or note. It's just like a whistle!

How To: Play the flute for beginners

In this tutorial, we learn how to play the flute for beginners. To make a sound, you will put the hole directly onto your lips and make the shape of the hole with your lips. Then blow into the hole, trying different positions with your lips. You will place your fingers on the different key holes, and remove your fingers depending on what notes you want to play. You will press down keys on the sides to change the air sound as well. You will start out learning the different keys and notes, then...

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...

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