Musical Instruments

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


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The Aussie Didgeridoo May Be the World's Oldest Wind Instrument

The droning didgeridoo, or didge, is an ancient wind instrument created by the aboriginal people of northern Australia, but still widely played today.

The Electric Guitar Made for Women Rockers

St. Vincent, one of indie rock's female pioneers, helped design a guitar that some say is a perfect female fit.

Trigger and Lucille: The Famous Guitars Quiz

If you think only rock stars can be famous, think again. Many of their guitars have achieved legendary status in their own right. Take our quiz to learn more.

10 Famous Guitars

Guitar gods like Les Paul are known for playing the same instrument throughout their career. Here we feature 10 famous guitars and the musicians who loved them.

See the Wildest Winners of Competition to Invent New Musical Instruments

Where else can you find an instrument that can be played with a mallet, a violin bow or a hair comb?

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.

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.

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.

How to Make a PVC Pipe Instrument

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Learn Guitar Chord Transitions in 4 Easy Steps

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

How to Play the 12-bar Blues

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

How to Play Basic Guitar Chords in 6 Easy Steps

Basic chords are presented to help you learn how to play the guitar. Learn about playing the guitar with this basic guitar chords.

Six Strings and Git-fiddles: Guitars and Their Players

Gibson and Fender became household names thanks to legendary musicians like Hendrix. Strum through this collection of photos to see some of these famous guitarists and their instruments of choice.

How MIDI Works

MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) allows musicians to combine their musical instruments with computer technology. Learn more about how MIDI works in this article.

How Band Equipment Works

Ready to kick out the jams? To make your songs resonate like you know they can, you’ll need the right equipment. Instruments and amps are just the beginning -- public venues require special audio equipment to make sure things sound the way they should. Read this before you rock.

How Electric Guitars Work

There aren't too many inventions that have had as much cultural impact as the electric guitar. Its distinctive sound winds its way through most popular music from the past 50 years -- the electric guitar IS rock and roll.

How is an electric guitar different from an acoustic guitar?

If you pluck a string on an electric guitar that is not plugged in, you'll notice that you can barely hear the sound. Why is that?

How Acoustic Guitars Work

The acoustic guitar is one of the most successful instruments of all time, and also one of the simplest to learn and play. And its ingenious, straight-forward design allows for a huge variety of sounds. Learn more about acoustic guitars.