Joel Daruvalla explains how you can play one of the most popular Beatles songs on the ukulele. His “Here Comes The Sun” tutorial is a beginners guide that allows pros and newbies alike to enjoy. His simplistic “how to” guide explains every note and chord needed to perform the song. So grab your uk’, watch the video below, and get playing!
Guitar maintenance should be a simple thing, right? But there are so many products and opinions out there that perhaps you might put it off for another few months. Then a crack appears on your beloved cedar top acoustic, or your fretboard is feeling sticky, or maybe you just think it could be better now that you have gotten familiar with all its little quirks. Here are some simple tips for guitar owners that can make a big difference.
If you’ve got an acoustic guitar—particularly a classical guitar with nylon strings—here are some beginner techniques for unleashing your guitar’s latent drum kit.
The banjo’s birthplace is Africa or colonial America, depending on where you draw the line between banjo and banjo-ish ancestor. But while we debate the banjo’s birth, we can at least agree on where it hit puberty. That happened in America in the 20th century.
This is probably why Autotune infuriates so many serious musicians: those variations in pitch aren’t mistakes in the performance; they are the performance. If you clean up those “errors” and quantize everything to the “correct” pitches, all you’re left with is dry, robotic music.
It’s not just the words you say that get a message across—it’s the way you say them. Similarly, in music there are many ways to “say” the same notes. Without following articulation markings, your playing could end up sounding like the equivalent of speaking in a monotone. Here’s an easy guide to help you become more “articulate” and bring more life into your playing by using accents, slurs, and staccatos.