Category: Music

Jul 26

Learn How To Write A Song

How To Write A Song (courtesy of ExpertVillage.com)

In this segment, I’m gonna talk about song structure. There’s no rules, really, in creativity…you can do whatever you want. But it’s also good to know what the norm is, so that when you break them, you break them intelligently and purposefully, so you don’t just sound…seem like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Here is a standard pop structure. You’ve got:

Verse I

Chorus

Verse II

Chorus

Bridge

Last Chorus

The verses are the parts of the story – the parts of the song – that basically tell the story. The chorus is gonna pop out as the main feeling…the main idea…the reason you wrote the song and what you want to say to the world about this song.

The 2nd verse is going to develop from the first verse – tell that story more – or, tell the details of what’s going on.

Back to the chorus, which is gonna be the exact same, usually.

Then, we get to the bridge – which is – you don’t have to have a bridge. Not all songs have a bridge. The bridge is a different perspective. It’s gonna have a different sound. It’s gonna almost come out through the looking glass. You’ve got the story and the main idea, and the bridge is gonna be like, “but, what if?”, or, “it could have been this way”, or, “I never thought of it this way”. It’s like, the other side.

And, then, you’re gonna end with the chorus, and you’ll think of a way to end your song.

There’s your basic, standard song structure!

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Jul 12

Learn How To Whistle With Your Fingers

How To Whistle With Your Fingers (courtesy of Howcast.com)

The finger whistle may seem difficult, but, with a little practice, anyone can master it! You will need:

Clean fingers, and

A mouth

Optional:

A mirror

Step 1 – Form a U-shape with your thumb and forefinger, or middle finger. Use a mirror to perfect your form and technique.

Step 2 – Place your fingers partly inside your mouth, wrapping your lips tightly across your teeth. Only the outer edges of your lips should be visible. Angle fingertips toward the center of your tongue.

Step 3 – Flatten your tongue to cover the bottom portion of your mouth. The tip of your tongue will touch your lower jaw, just behind the bottom row of teeth.

Step 4 – Inhale deeply, and blow forcefully across the top of your tongue and lower lip. Push your fingers downward and outward, onto your lips and teeth.

Step 5 – Adjust the position of your fingers, tongue and jaw for optimal whistling. Regulate the force of air for maximum affect and volume.

Step 6 – Practice regularly, until your desired whistle is achieved.

Did you know? Louisburg, North Carolina is the world’s whistling capital!

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Oct 19

Learn How To Play The Drums

How To Play The Drums (courtesy of FreeDrumLessons.com)

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Aug 27

Learn How To DJ

How To DJ (courtesy of WatchMojo.com)

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May 06

Guitar How-to – Fixing a Lose Whammy Bar

How To Fix A Loose Guitar Whammy Bar (courtesy of JustinGuitar.com)

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Jan 08

Guitar How-to – Fifteen by Taylor Swift

How To Play Taylor Swift’s Fifteen On Guitar (courtesy of FreeAndEasyGuitar.com)

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Jan 05

Guitar Tutorial – How to Play Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace

How To Play Three Days Grace On Guitar (courtesy of DaemonGuitarist)

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Sep 16

Keyboard Tutorial – How to Play Twilight’s Eyes on Fire

Watch this keyboard tutorial from El Pianistor to learn to play Eyes on Fire from the Twilight soundtrack.

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Jul 28

How to Play Guitar – Lead Scales

This video tutorial from NextLevelGuitar.com will have you playing guitar like a rock star!

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Jul 07

How to Play the Ukulele

Watch this video tutorial from HonoluluAdvertiser.com for some ‘ukulele basics and how to play “White Sandy Beach.”

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Jul 03

How to Play Guitar – D Chord

Watch this beginning guitar lesson from JustinGuitar.com and learn a few very useful guitar playing techniques.

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Jun 11

How to Play Harmonica for Beginners

Watch this 12GageDan easy to follow beginners tutorial for for some tips on tricks on harmonica playing.

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Feb 09

How to Play Castanets

Watch this tutorial video from ExpertVillage.com and learn a few tips on castanet playing.


Basic Finger Positions for Castanets — powered by ExpertVillage.com

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Jan 05

How to Play Guitar – Beginning Acoustic Guitar

Watch this beginners acoustic guitar tutorial from NextLevelGuitar.com to learn a new strum pattern and a few practice chord progressions to work on your rhythm, timing, and chord changing.

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Sep 12

How to Write a Song

Learn how to write a song with these simple songwriting techniques for your guitar in this video from NextLevelGuitar.com

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Jul 29

How to Tune a Guitar

Learn how to tune a guitar by ear with this video from BobbyCrispy.

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Jul 17

How to Play How to Save a Life on the Guitar

Learn to Play How to Save a Life by the The Fray on the Guitar with this step-by-step video from
tkwatanabe
.

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Jun 30

How to Play Drums – Drum Fills

Learn how to play drum fills with this video from AllAboutDrums.co.uk

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Jan 04

MIDI How-To : Setting Up a Recording on a PC

This easy to follow MIDI how-to from Cakewalk Software will show you the basics of setting up a recording on a PC.

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Dec 17

How to Play Piano – Carol of the Bells

Learn how to play Carol of the Bells on the piano with this video from WebPianoTeacher.com

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Jul 26

How to Play a Ukulele

Learn how to play a ukulele and basic fan stroke with this video from UkeLounge.com

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Jul 22

How to Play Guitar: String Tapping

Learn the simple technique of guitar string tapping with this video from WickedWhammy.com

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Apr 21

How to Play Guitar: Sweep Picking

In this instructional video from www.MarcSeal.com learn how to sweep and rake like a pro!

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Apr 21

How to Play Rihanna’s Unfaithful

Learn how to play Rihanna’s song Unfaithful on the piano with this video from www.PlayPianoDVD.com.

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Apr 20

How to Spin a Drumstick

Learn how to twirl a drumstick like a rock star with this video from wajahatkhan.

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Mar 23

How to Whistle with Two Hands

Learn how to whistle with two hands with this video from ViewDo.com.

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Mar 07

How to Beat Box

Learn how to beat box (use your voice as a drum) with this incredible how to beat box video from CipherStyles.com!

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Feb 28

How to Write a Song

Learn how to write and record a song with this video from David Love.

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Feb 24

How to Read Guitar Tabs

An easy to follow how to video from UltimateGuitarChart.com on reading guitar tabs.

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Jan 19

How to Whistle

Trying to hail a cab? Learn how to Whistle like a pro with this video for focustwo.

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Nov 30

How to Read Music

An easy to follow step by step guide on how to read music from SheetMusicDirect.com.

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Nov 29

How to Play “Jingle Bells” on the Piano (Part 2)

Learn how to play the verses of Jingle Bells on the piano with this Part 2 of the “how to play Jingle Bells on the piano” videos from Brad99r! (Part 1 is here.)

You may also find this helpful:

Piano Lessons: Learning the Piano Keyboard, how to play piano instructional DVD

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Nov 29

How to Play “Jingle Bells” on the Piano (Part 1)

Learn how to play “Jingle Bells” on the piano with this video from Brad99r! This is part 1, the chorus. In part 2 you learn how to play the verses of Jingle Bells! (Part 2 is here.)

You may also find this helpful:

Piano Lessons: Learning the Piano Keyboard, how to play piano instructional DVD

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Nov 24

How to Make a Ring Tone

How To Make A Ring Tone (courtesy of RecordBetterAudio.com)

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