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Musical Instruments demonstrates how guitars and other common band equipment can complement one another to create melodies, harmonies and rhythms.

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How to Play 4 Guitar Licks

Learning these 4 guitar licks will have you well on your way to becoming a rock star. Learn about playing 4 guitar licks.


See the Wildest Winners of Competition to Invent New Musical Instruments

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The Sound of Ancient Irish Horns, Rediscovered in Modern India

A musicologist uncovers a surprising link between the musical cultures of ancient Europe and India. See more »

Why do banjos sound so twangy?

At a glance, the banjo seems like a pretty simple instrument. In actuality, a complex combination of acoustics, physics and musicianship work in tandem to produce that signature twang. See more »

10 Connections Between Physics and Music

It's unlikely that most rock stars are thinking about physics during a performance, but all musicians have learned to manipulate sound waves to create their art. See more »

Playing music isn't expensive when you make your own PVC pipe instrument. Learn about how to make a PVC pipe instrument in this article. See more »

How Guitar Chordal Fills Work

Chordal fills help make ordinary guitar chords sound unique and fascinating. Learn how to play chordal fills in this section. See more »

How to Play a Guitar Lick in 3 Easy Steps

Learning guitar licks can help you on your way to becoming the rock star you've always dreamed about. Learn about playing guitar licks. See more »

How to Play 4 Guitar Licks

Learning these 4 guitar licks will have you well on your way to becoming a rock star. Learn about playing 4 guitar licks. See more »

Chord transitions are explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Learn about chord transitions. See more »

12-bar blues is taught on the guitar in this collection of videos. Find out how to play the 12-bar blues. See more »