Online music videos are among the technologies readily available for anyone learning to play a musical instrument.  Both live performances and how-to tutorials are waiting for you online–usually for free–and all musicians absolutely must utilize them.

Watching video of music you are currently practicing can have a profound effect on your learning curve and your ability to memorize quickly.  You will see with your own eyes how your music can be played and learn from the masters.  Plus, it’s fun to play along as you watch your favorite artists perform.

I had an interesting experience recently that illustrates the power of video.  I needed to play “I Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles for a revue show.   I knew the song but hadn’t played it in years.  I went to YouTube, and there was a performance of the song by the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Within seconds I saw how Paul McCartney was playing the bass part.

It was an amazing experience.  Before the vocals even came in, I could see exactly how the creator of this bass line was fingering the notes, and I adjusted my position to match his.  Who was I to argue with Sir Paul?

There are many video websites that are useful for musicians.  Here’s a small sampling:

For all styles of  music:
http://www.youtube.com
http://www.fanpop.com

For classical music:
http://www.deccaclassics.com/features/videos/videos.html
http://www.classicalmusictube.com/

For rock, pop, country, and R&B:
http://www.vevo.com
http://www.mtv.com/music/videos/

For jazz:
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzvideos.php
http://www.jazztube.com/

Almost anything that musicians are practicing can be found online on video websites.  There are literally hours worth of videos to watch for the most popular songs.  There’s certain to be something that will work successfully for you.

Here’s a quick sampling of searches I did in just a few minutes at YouTube:

1.  Fur Elise (the Beethoven classic played by all piano students):
Pages of videos, with everything from world-class piano soloists performing this piece to instructional tutorials to heavy metal performances on guitar.

2.  Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin’s must-learn song for guitarists)
Multiple screens of videos listed.  Led Zeppelin performing live.  Lessons on how to play this song on guitar.  Cover bands playing the song.  The list goes on.

3.  Suzuki violin book 1 (One of the most popular starter method books.)
Pages and pages of results.  Pre-schoolers playing solo.  Group recitals.  Endless variations of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

It’s mind-blowing really.  We now have access to videos of musicians from the last 90 or so years available instantly in our own homes.  Plus, many music teachers have uploaded their lessons to video sites, and these lessons are available–for free.

If you are not watching video to help you learn your music, you are putting yourself at a serious disadvantage compared to everyone else who is using this valuable tool.  Speed up your progress today: watch online video of the music you’re learning.

And, if you have other video websites to recommend to musicians, please leave a comment on this post.

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