Posts Tagged ‘music lessons’

Free Guitar, Banjo, & Violin Tutorials!

May 8th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, May 8, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Folk of the Wood: Acoustic Music Lessons

Age Range: All (Youngsters and non-readers will need adult assistance.)

This commercial website offers free, acoustic music lesson tutorials for the following instruments:

  • Acoustic Guitar for 6 & 12-string instruments (with crosspicking and open G tuning lessons)
  • Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer
  • Banjo for 5, 6, & 12-string instruments
  • Bouzouki
  • Fiddle
  • Mandola
  • Mandolin (including crosspicking and fingerstyle lessons)
  • Squareneck Dobro Lessons
  • Tenor Guitar (with C-G-D-A tuning lessons)
  • Violin

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction that includes a link to the  “Lessons Table of Contents.”  Click on that to access a list of the instrument lessons that are available. Click on an instrument and a new page opens with a menu of lessons. The lessons are delivered in a variety of ways that include the use of text, photographs, illustrations, sheet music, and more.

The lessons vary depending on the instrument selected. You’ll learn basics such as how to hold the instrument properly, how to strum or pick the instrument, how to tune it, how to read music, how to read and play music scales, how to play chord progressions, and how to play songs from beginning to advanced levels.

The idea here, aside from presenting some great tutorial lessons, is to entice you to purchase their instructional DVDs and books. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to enjoy this site for acoustic instrument enthusiasts that offers “free online lessons, an extensive FAQ database, online video samplers and even free online support via e-mail.”

Free Video Music Lessons and More! (CSAW)

January 31st, 2009

Recommended Website:
Making Music Fun

Age Range: 6-11 (Designed for elementary grades 1-6.)

ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended this website that provides FREE music resources for those who want to enrich children’s lives with an appreciation for music.

When you get to the site you’ll see three menu choices that include:

  • Oliver Octopus Arcade – Play two music theory arcade games and learn to identify 6 basic rhythms including the whole note, the half note, the eighth note, the dotted half note, and the dotted quarter note. Learn note names for the treble or bass clef. Set the note range that you would like to practice, and play!
  • Print It! – Get free printable sheet music that you can preview and listen to online. From beginner to intermediate players – you’ll find sheet music for the piano, violin, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone. Print out an entire music songbook with music, lyrics, and guitar chords. Preview, listen to and print Off music orchestrations for classroom or homeschool coop class use. You’ll also find practice charts, worksheets, and even printable award certificates.
  • Music Library – THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE! Access an archive of FREE music lessons on video for piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, percussion, and bagpipe. There are even video flashcards for learning music theory! You’ll also find biographies of great composers in the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern music eras. Learn the instruments of the orchestra (woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboard) with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and other fun facts. Get an “Index” of suggested music activities created just for homeschool parents. Print out music lessons that help children learn about tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, form, and much more. There’s even a “Jazz Index” with lessons and resources for learning about jazz music and great jazz musicians.

This site is a CSAW. What’s CSAW? That acronym is pronounced (see-saw) and stands for “ClickSchooling Award Winner.” It indicates (in my opinion) the very best utilization of educational technology. Bookmark this site – it’s a winner!


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FREE Music Lessons With Instructional Videos & More! (CSAW)

October 1st, 2006

Recommended Website:

DON’T MISS THIS WEBSITE! What an incredible resource for getting a music education! Today’s website was recommended by list member Tina Tremain who wrote, “I found this site while looking for music lessons to start with my kids… I haven’t been through the whole site, but it looks like there are many lesson ideas for all ages here.”

That’s an understatement. I was stunned by the free content available at this site for instruction in music theory as well as playing a variety of instruments. Not only are there text versions of lessons — but most are accompanied by some form of media that illustrates the lessons — from interactive programs that let you virtually practice playing an instrument online to instructional videos by professional musicians.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction with three icons labeled “Students,” “Teachers,” and “Other.” The site is set up in flash, so you have to navigate by clicking the icons with your mouse. If you click once on an item and it doesn’t open, double-click and that should do the trick. THERE IS AN EASIER WAY to get around the site, and that is to just use the menu bar at the top of your screen that includes:

  • Lesson Plans — Designed for classroom teachers, it includes music lessons, ideas, and activities for grades K-12. Most can be easily tailored for use at home. (For a better bet for home use see the “Videos” and “Lessons” sections described below.)
  • Resources — This section is for music educators and includes practice charts for private studio instruction, ideas for professional development, and college level resources in music theory, history, orchestration, conducting, composition, and more.
  • Directory — Use the map to locate music teachers in your area.
  • Videos — This section of the site offers FREE instructional videos in how to play Electric Bass, Guitar, and Piano — along with Music Theory. It also links to music-related short films and performance videos. Don’t miss the “Misc. Videos” in this section to see some amazing, strange, and very funny clips of musical performances in a variety of genres. You can even follow instructions here to load your own performance video to the site. :)
  • Lessons – Get FREE instruction on how to play piano, guitar, bass, clarinet, saxophone, snare drum, flute, and trumpet! You can also learn music theory applicable to every instrument.
  • Library – An archive of popular sheet music for public domain and original compositions contributed by website members. You can become a member too — it’s free to join.

This site is a ClickSchooling Award Winner! New content is added continuously, so bookmark it to return often. :)