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Once you have a general understanding of inversions, or slash chords, on guitar, it’s time to put them to good use in your chord progressions. Inversions can turn the leap from one bass note to another into a seamless transition. In this lesson by Your Guitar Sage, learn three common inversions with examples of chord progressions and put them to good use.

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If you lived through the year 2000, you probably remember Vanessa Carlton’s irresistibility catchy “A Thousand Miles.” Want to learn how to play it on piano? This lesson from Paul Corgan, designed for beginner to intermediate students, breaks down each major part of the song and details the notes for the left and right hand.

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Take some time to learn about intervals, or the relationships between notes in a scale; chords and embellishments will start to seem like second nature. This lesson by Your Guitar Sage recalls what you have learned about the whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half pattern to demonstrate the relationship between the eight notes of major and minor scales.

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The major scale means major business. Check out this lesson by Your Guitar Sage and investigate one of music’s most important structures. You’ll learn and memorize the form of a major scale in whole steps and half steps so that you can construct one from anywhere on a guitar. Once you know the pattern, you can move on to playing the major scale across multiple strings.

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Three-finger chords may sound like a challenge, but they’re worth it. Once you can play one-, two-, and three-finger chords, you’ll have access to the majority of common chords on the uke. Commit several patterns to memory by learning fundamental progressions, such as the 12-bar blues. This lesson is for beginning and intermediate ukulele students.

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Before you start playing the ukulele, it’s imperative to make your instrument pitch-perfect with accurate tuning. In this introductory lesson by Kalani, learn how to use the string names and numbers of your uke to tune it. Don't have a tuner? No worries! You'll also learn how to tune by ear with a method called relative tuning.

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Bring your piano playing to the next level by adding bass notes to create a rich, full sound! The fourth in a series of seven, this lesson will teaches how to add bass notes with your left hand while playing a melody chord with your right. Mark will also teach you a chord progression to help hone this new skill. As you practice, improve your overall technique by learning to surge while playing—a skill that will allow you to create a variety of musical effects.

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One of the most important aspects of recording music is keeping time. Using the click track feature in Audacity will help you do just that! Modeled after a metronome, the click track option establishes a steady rhythm to guide you as you play and record. You can customize the beats per minute and beats per measure to give you the cadence you need. This audio editor also allows you to easily shift your recording and match-up your music!

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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!

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Learning how to play the ukulele is fun and easy when you begin with one-finger chords. There is a surprising number of one-finger ukulele chords that will help you build confidence quickly even if you’ve never picked up this tiny stringed instrument before! In this lesson from professional uke player Kalani, learn how to play the C, C7, A7, and A minor chords.

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When you use two fingers to shape chords on the ukulele, your repertoire increases dramatically. In this lesson from Kalani, learn some of the most commonly used chords in all kinds of popular songs: F, D7, and A major. If you have a little experience playing the ukulele and want to build your skills, this is a great lesson to improve your range.

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Get ready to start your first project in Cubase 7! In this lesson by In Your Ear, explore the Project Setup in detail to better understand technical settings like sample rate, bit depth, and Hermode Tuning (HMT). Once you have the best settings to fit your needs, you’ll be well on your way to recording, arranging, or editing your first project!

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Almost every song played on the guitar involves some sort of chord progression. Check out this lesson for tips on how to transition from one guitar chord to another. Start out by focusing on just your fretting hand and going through the motions of a simple C, G, D chord progression. With practice, you’ll be able to set up chords with accuracy and control your fingers for the ultimate transition efficiency.

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Hold off on the Beethoven and Debussy for a second and play something a little more . . . contemporary. This piano lesson from Paul Corgan shows you how to play the insanely simple and fun-to-play “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” by Mike Posner. You’ll learn the verse, chorus, and guitar riff and get some tips for putting your own spin on the chord progression.

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Don’t get scared away by a little bit of music theory! Learning the notes in the treble clef (the pitch used for writing guitar music on a staff) can be easy and fun with a couple of age-old mnemonics: Every Good Boy Does Fine and FACE. In this tutorial by Your Guitar Sage, learn how to write notes in the treble clef and get some tips on how to turn basic musical notation into second nature.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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