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: 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: 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 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 "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 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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 "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: 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 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 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 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 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 "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 "Annie's Song" on a Native American flute

In this two-part video lesson, yo u'll learn how to play John Denver's "Annie's Song" on the Native American flute. 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: 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 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 "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: 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: 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 "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.

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