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Shawn Cheek continues his series of teaching you how to read sheet music and play piano for beginners! In this thirteenth lesson, Shawn introduces you to the concepts of staccato and legato - spaced out or smooth styles of playing. He also reviews musical notation, sight reading, and the fingering for playing in the G position.


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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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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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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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Do you love the film, characters, and soundtrack of “Frozen”? Then try learning Idina Menzel’s version of “Let It Go” on guitar, taught by Smiley Mo! This intermediate guitar lesson covers all the chords you need to know to play this song through and through, from the intro to the last note. Practice the strumming patterns and perform your new song for friends and family!


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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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If you're looking to learn how to play the guitar, the first thing you need to learn is your chords! This online guitar lesson from Best Beginner Guitar Lesson walks you through the D7 chord. Learn the finger positions for the chord, then practice some strumming exercises to get the hang of switching between chords. This lesson also includes a short introduction to guitar rhythms and strumming patterns, which you'll need once you start busting out a song!


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Want to learn how to play guitar chords that are a fantastic blend of utility and expression? In this guitar lesson, Ty the Guitar Guy demonstrates chords that sound great and come up often in a variety of different types of music. Follow along to expand your chord repertoire and learn the fingerings that are the easiest way to play these chords!


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Adding onto the four combos from Part A, this lesson by Rod Howell of United Taps shows you how to do the second half of a short tap dance routine based on steps you’ve learned from previous lessons. In three new combinations, you’ll mix your steps, stamps, and spanks with ease. Finally, you’ll bring everything together with and without music. With a little practice, you’ll be able to perform the entire routine flawlessly.


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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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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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You'll soon be finding it easy to play the E chord on the guitar! Best Beginner Guitar Lessons continues the series of online guitar lessons by teaching you the finger position for the E chord. Practice strumming exercises and switching between chords, and get some handy tips on tuning. These lessons are an easy way to learn guitar chords.


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Ready to learn another chord on guitar? In this lesson, Sam from Best Beginner Guitar Lessons demonstrates finger positioning for the D chord and offers tips for playing cleanly. Once you have committed the chord structure to memory, practice combining it with the other chords you have learned, such as: G, G7, and C.


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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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Get ready to start your first project in Cubase 7! In this lesson, explore the Project Setup in detail to better understand technical settings like sample rate, bit depth, and Hermode Tuning (HMT). We'll even go into detail about common technical standards, so you can set up your Cubase project correctly. 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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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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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.


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What sort of precautions should you take if you own a guitar? This lesson covers the basics of guitar care, from temperature to stands to moisturizing oils. Discover how humidity (or lack thereof) affects your guitar and what sort of products you can use to keep the wood from warping or cracking; you’ll also learn the importance of a stand and a sturdy case for avoiding preventable damage.


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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.


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