In this video, we learn how to play the dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute. First, fine the mouth hole where you place your mouth. After this, look to see the different finger holes that are on the side of the flute. At the end, you will see air vents that are not to be confused wit ...more
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In this video, we learn how to tie the qianjing on a erhu. First, measure and cut 60 inches of Qian Jin string, then place one end on the neck and make a downward loop. After this, loop the rest of the Qian Jin over the neck, across the loop which you just made. Then, loop fiv ...more
It's music theory time with Andrew Furmanczyk. With this in depth and informative lesson, Andrew will show you four various music score types, (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass). You'll learn how to write them, how to read them and what they mean in the world of music composition a ...more
Learn how you can make a homemade theramin using three radios with this tutorial. Before buying a professional theramin instrument, you can practice playing this 3 radio arrangement. Find out if you are a gifted theremin player before investing in an expensive theramin. Part 1 ...more
Learn how to play the Melodica in this free music lesson video from a professional multi-instrument musician. Part 1 of 13 - How to Play the melodica. Play the melodica - Part 2 of 13. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Play the melodica - Part 3 of 13. Cli ...more
This is a video demonstrating how to properly coil a guitar cable. First some incorrect ways of folding the cable are shown. One should not wrap the cable around the forearm, pick it up in a ball, or wrap it like a lasso around the hand. The correct way is demonstrated by taki ...more
Musical instruments are lots of fun but boy, they sure ain't cheap. Dennis Havlena (the internet's true DIY instrument king) demonstrates some dedicated yankee ingenuity with his homemade alternatives (aka poor man's instruments). Dennis has created hundreds of hybrid, folksy ...more
This SUPER cool video shows how to make some fantastic percussion instruments out of items you can easily find around your house, or for cheap around your neighborhood. From plastic pails, PVC pipes, tin cans, buckets, 45 gallon drums and more. This video is short, but very in ...more
A short introductory theremin lesson to playing notes, executing dynamic vibrato, and dynamic volume with the theremin. Playing errors included to demonstrate how difficult it is to play the theremin well.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to bow the Erhu. When playing this instrument, keep the shoulders and both arms relaxed. The elbow moves the arm, the arm moves the wrist, the wrist moves the fingers and the fingers move the bow. There is a slight twitch of the wrist ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the erhu in the left-handed position. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, used as a solo instrument, in small ensembles and in large orchestras. Viewers learn basic tips such as: do not grip tightly, elbow and ...more
A Cuíca (pronounced KWEE-kah) is a Brazilian friction drum often used in samba music. This 3 part how to video will teach you to make a Cuíca with household objects. You will need a plastic or paper cup, string or twine, a paper clip and cloth. This is a perfect project for ch ...more
In this Make Magazine podcast Bre Pettis makes a theremin from a kit by Harrison Instruments. A theremin is a super cool musical instrument invented in Russia in 1918.
In this video, we learn how to read fiddle tablature. These will have an A part and a B part on them. You may see a repeat part along with a part that is written out more than once. A tablature shows what strings to play on and what finger to use instead of using notes. A "1" ...more
This is a strictly for fun and comical video tutorial that teaches you how to make a musical instrument specifically a "kazoo" with a gas mask. A kazoo is a wind instrument which adds a buzzing sound to a player's voice. This makes a creepy sound effect to a mask. You simply r ...more
Learn the names and patterns of some typical Greek buzuki (bouzouki) rhythms like the tamiko, kalamatiano, zembekiko, and ipirotika.
This video tutorial show how to make a recorder out of a carrot. Great fun musical instrument. Step 1: Follow this youtube tutorial for instructions. Video: .
In this video, we learn how to fix dimo flute membrane. First, slice open a tube of dimo and cut a piece big enough to cover the dizi hole. Next, crumple and crease the dimo for better sound. Now, wet the area around the dizi hole with water and rub a piece of Jiao around the ...more
Looking for a musical instrument that will really make you stand out? Check out this video to learn how to make a Harmoni-kazoo... or should it be called a Kazoomonica? With just tape, rubber bands, card stock, and popsicle sticks, you can make your own musical instrument.
In this video, we learn how to change the strings on the erhu. First, loosen and remove the inner string. After this, take and unwind the new inner string. Then, take the end with the loop and put it through the Qianjing. Then, loop it in the screw at the bottom of the erhu. T ...more
A membranophone is any musical instrument which produces sound primarily by way of a vibrating stretched membrane. This 3 part how to video teaches you how you can make an inexpensive mebranophone made from household items. All you need is a water bottle, a latex glove or viny ...more
Make a cheap talkbox out of common parts for a very small amount of money and time. This will NOT give you a sound like a pro talkbox, but it's cheap, easy, and fun.
MAKE and Collin Cunningham brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make Magazine celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will. In this Make video tutorial, you'll see how to calibrate and play the Gakken Premium ...more
You can play beautiful, traditional music on an elderberry flute, just how the Native Americans have done since ancient times. Crafting a flute out of elderberry wood is a quick and easy project.
Amazing Grace is one of the most beautiful pieces of music known to man. Why, it even sounds good on the recorder, the second grade music student's weapon of choice. In fact, it even sounds good when played on the recorder with your nose.
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a kazoo out of a clothespin. This musical instrument can be made at home with just a few minutes. You will need: 2 rubber bands, a clothes pin, and tape. First, take the clothes pin apart and then take one side and wrap both ends with tap ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to play the ruan, a Chinese Lute. First, sit on 2/3 of the chair, then rest the ruan on the lap, slanting it 45 degrees to the left. For the left hand position rest the thumb at the back of the neck and allow the other fingers to curve into a bal ...more
In this video, we learn how to attach guzheng nails onto your fingers. You will need: set of 4 guzhen nails and surgical tape to do this. First, place the nail on the underside of your finger with the tip protruding. Next, take a strip of surgical take and stick it onto the na ...more
This video explains how to change a string of guzheng. The process is well described in the video with each and every steps clearly. The thing that is to be done is loosen the peg in a an anticlockwise direction using a tuning tool to remove the string. Thus remove it. If ther ...more
According to Wikipedia, to be called "the Stradivari" of any field is to be deemed the finest there is... "A Stradivarius is a stringed instrument built by members of the Stradivari family, particularly Antonio Stradivari. According to their reputation, the quality of their s ...more
This lesson teaches some basics on how to set up the bridge, and a few technical exercises on how to play basic intervals on the lyre. I have tuned the lyre to the melodic minor mode, as the intervals here are much more simple and therefore easier to understand, than the much ...more
They say you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Here's proof. This video will show you how you can make music by connecting a brain wave sensor to electronic music software. Using the Mindset EEG device, processing, and MIDI you can make a beat with your own brainwave ...more
And I bet you thought a cactus was only good for stinging. Presenting the dueling musical cacti, the Sting Boogie: AND... the Cactus Crackling Klangspiel: Ouch. Previously, I WonderHowTo Get These Excruciatingly Painful Cactus Needles Off of Me.
In this tutorial, we learn how to wear pipa nails on your fingers to play a pipa. First, place the nail on your natural nail with the bases matching up. After this, wrap the tape around your finger until it reaches the end. Then, press down on the tape to secure the nail. Afte ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to play a ghost catcher. First, you want to place your index finger on the top of the end of the ghost catcher, then use your other fingers to help hold it. Now, place your mouth on the other end of the instrument. You will pick the strings with ...more
Make making music with your own anatomy easy with the fancy finger pop shown in this how-to video. You may remember this famous finger popping sound from such movies as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In any case, the finger pop sound is a fun party trick or a way to annoy people- ...more
Take the best RPG of all time. Combine with the only instrument with invisible strings. And you have pure elf-worthy magic! This incredible viral video shows Randy George, a concert thereminist from Los Angeles, playing the legendary theme from the video game Zelda. It looks ...more
Learn how to play the most famous of ALL ancient Jewish melodies on King David's Lyre; "Hatikvah" - "The Hope" This ancient melody was later to be made the official National Anthem of Israel. Here are the written notes of Hatikvah: EF#GABB, CBC highE B, AAGGF#EF#GE (REPEAT) ...more
In this lesson, I will demonstrate how to play on the lyre, the traditional melody usually sang to "Adon Olam"(Lord of the World); one of the beautiful closing hymns sang at the end of a traditional Shabbat Service. The melody is in the melodic minor scale, starting on D, so ...more
In this lesson, I am going to demonstrate, for the 1st time in 3000 years, how to play traditional Jewish Klezmer music on a replica of King David's Lyre! "Klezmer" music, is the traditional name given to the Jewish wedding music of Eastern Europe. "Klezmer" in Hebrew, means ...more