Scratching is the oldest hip hop DJ technique in the book, and for good reason: it’s the most direct way for DJs to add their own musical touch on top of other tracks. In this lesson, learn different scratching techniques, including old-school scratching like the chirp and the flare. Avoid unwanted noise and learn to incorporate the fader to create scratching effects that will move the crowd.
Interested in learning how to play guitar? First familiarize yourself with important guitar terminology! For instance, what’s the difference between a sharp and a flat note? A whole and a half step? Watch this lesson and learn about chords, arpeggios, open strings, position playing, and more. You could soon be talking music with the greatest musicians!
Don’t think you’re cut out for playing guitar? Think again! Everyone gets frustrated - even Jimi Hendrix wasn’t a rock god from day one. Check out this lesson for advice on learning how to play guitar and the encouragement to keep doing it. You’ll surely want to continue pickin’ after hearing these words of wisdom. Practice and persist!
Learning to play the ukulele is fun and easy when you learn super simple two-finger chords. You'll learn the F, D7, and A major chords, which are some of the most commonly used in all kinds of popular songs.
So you have six strings on your guitar, but what are their names? You’ll want to know what notes each of the strings play when they’re completely open. Watch this lesson to learn what to call the strings using both pitch names and number names. Find out which string is the 1st and which is the 6th, and learn to correctly identify the E, A, D, G, B, and the second E string. You’ll be a guitar master in no time!
Learn how to tune an ukulele in this lesson. You will also learn the string names and numbers, as well as how to tune using both a tuner and using a method called relative tuning (without a tuner).
Are you a beginning guitarist ready to take the next step? Ready to really get to know your guitar? Check out this lesson for the guitar basics of music theory. You’ll learn a special tip to remember the name of each string, the musical alphabet, the rule of sharps, and the twelfth fret trick. Music theory never sounded so sweet.
Dash through the snow this holiday season with a ukulele: they’re lightweight, inexpensive, and easier to play than other stringed instruments. In this lesson, Super Ukulele breaks down the chord progression, strumming pattern, and song structure for “Jingle Bells.” Follow along with the attached chord diagrams until you can play each chord in succession; then kick out the jams at your next caroling session.
Learn how to play simple chords using one finger. You'll learn the C, C7, A7, and A minor chords as you gain more skills and confidence in the ukulele. Learning how to play the ukulele is fun and easy when you begin with one-finger chords.
Learning how to play the ukulele is easy when you have a great teacher. Kalani makes learning these three-finger chords easy and musical. You learn songs along the way, as well as how to play the blues in the key of A. This lesson is for beginning and intermediate ukulele students and players
Looking to try your hand at hip-hop? This introductory video will teach you the basic sounds of beatboxing. By using your lungs and lips, you’ll learn to make the sound of a snare drum, bass drum, and hi-hat cymbal. Beatboxing is a musical tradition that turns your mouth into a percussion section. This lesson will teach you how to mimic a basic jazz melody, as well as beatbox notation. All you need is lung capacity and breath control and you’ll be a human sound machine in no time!
Want to add to your piano repertoire of impossibly catchy songs? This lesson shows you how to play “Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepsen. If you’ve already picked up some basic piano chords and know some rudimentary music theory, check it out: Paul Corgan breaks down the verse and chorus before putting everything together for you to play along.
You think you lack the rhythm to play guitar? It takes practice! Get hip with the beat and watch this lesson on basic rhythm technique for playing guitar. Learn the definitions of whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and even sixteenth notes. Find out tricks for counting out notes and each of their subdivisions without losing track of the music.
Are you an experienced harmonica player looking to learn a new lick? This lesson will teach you how to mimic the sound of a train. You’ll learn when to bend notes and use a hand wah-wah to create the sounds of a freight train whistle. By manipulating the way you draw and blow air, you’ll be able to produce different pitches and play this classic bluegrass and folk music sound. You’ll also experiment with octaves and trilling as you work your way to mastering this wind instrument.
Not everyone is born a natural strummer; rhythm takes practice! Check out this lesson on basic guitar strumming techniques and find out tips for focusing on your down and up strums. Learn to mute your fretting hand and strum slowly for better concentration. Then, move onto more complex techniques like ghost strumming and leaving out a downbeat or two. You’ll soon be strumming like your favorite guitarist!
Are you an amateur guitarist? Aren’t we all? Check out this lesson for tips on basic fretting techniques. You’ll learn how to play on the fingertips, position your hand, curl your knuckle for a clean sound, and determine how many fingers to use when fretting (here’s a hint: all of them!). Absorb the principles necessary for becoming the next guitar hero.
Are you interested in playing guitar? Check out this lesson for advice on posture and picking techniques. First, you’ll learn the details of folk posture and classical posture--both have their own advantages. Next, find out how to properly hold a pick. Before you know it, you’ll be picking comfortably all the time.
If you want to play guitar like Clapton, you have to build on the basics. Starting with an ordinary blues scale and adding several articulation techniques, such as bends, hammer-ons, and slides, Muse-Eek shows you how to create face-melting licks. By focusing especially on bends, this lesson serves as a great starting point for intermediate guitarists who have not yet broken into the world of soloing and lead guitar.
Lightweight, inexpensive and easy to play, the ukulele is the perfect instrument to take carolling this holiday season. Learn to play the classic “Here Comes Santa Claus” on ukulele in this lesson, complete with chord diagrams and a chord progression chart. While you’re at it, try out some ukulele strumming pattern variations to add some extra bounce to this beloved Christmas carol.