Hot Other Instruments How-Tos

How To: Make an optical theremin to play music

Watch as Kipkay from MAKE Magazine shows you how to make something really cool for your music skills, with parts from RadioShack. Everybody's heard of them, but nobody has one or knows how to play one... a theremin. You could be the exception as you see how to build your very own optical theremin to play the air around you. Wait, this is optical which means you'll be making that beautiful music with light, like a flashlight.

How To: Read music notation

Watch this music how-to video to learn how to read musical notation or sight read. This instructional video is very detailed and includes types of notes, tempo, and the staff. Reading music will be easy once you've watched this helpful music notation tutorial video.

How To: Play the theremin

In this series of kitsch avante garde instructional music and space sounds videos, our theremin expert explains the basic principles of this bizarre instrument. He also tells you how to operate the controls and even demonstrates how to coax a song out of it. Join Brain Wilson, John Spencer and any number of science fiction soundtrack composers on the evergrowing bandwagon of theremin disciples.

How To: Build and play a theremin

In this series of expert video clips, learn more about the theremin. Our expert goes into detail about what makes up the complicated workings of the theremin including the coils and other components. Get a full history on the musical instrument and learn about the many uses of a theremin. What makes a theremin sound so special? Get answers to this question and many more in our expert instructional videos.

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