Hot Winds How-Tos

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 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 "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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 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: 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 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: 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 "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 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: 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 flute scales in D flat (Db)

A member of the woodwind family, the flute is a reedless instrument that plays music when air is blown over the opening or an edge. Early flutes were made of bone and date back 30,000 to 50,000 years in certain parts of the world. In this series of videos, learn more about playing the flute in the key of Db from our expert.

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: 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 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: 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.

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