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Playing the Piano from Bed

Playing the Piano from Bed

Mary Had a Little Lamb is one of the easiest songs to play on the piano. But can you play it while lying in bed with your keyboard on the other side of the room? Korean YouTuber 이름미정 has figured out a method that involves taping lengths of string to the keys, then yanking downward on them from across their bedroom.

Lachy Doley: A Whiter Shade of Pale

Lachy Doley: A Whiter Shade of Pale

Aussie musician Lachy Doley pays tribute to late Procol Harum lead singer Gary Brooker with a phenomenal cover version of the band’s most famous song A Whiter Shade of Pale. Like Brooker before him, Doley demonstrates similar levels of brilliance on both keyboard and vocals.

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Don’t Stop Believin’: Vocals Only

Don’t Stop Believin’: Vocals Only

The Journey song Don’t Stop Believin’ is a true classic – and it wouldn’t have been anything without Steve Perry’s talents. NetMusic shows off just how good his singing was by stripping away most of the music and allowing us to hear Perry’s isolated vocals. Neil Schon’s guitar solo is also a treat.

Bill Wurtz: I’m Scared

Bill Wurtz: I’m Scared

Here, there, I’m scared of everywhere. Like many of us musician Bill Wurtz is worried about a lot of things. But rather than letting his stress and anxiety get to him, he put pen to paper and turned his feelings into one of his pleasant little songs.

Down with the Doo-Wop

Down with the Doo-Wop

There I Ruined It continues to live up to their name with another cursed reimagining of a popular song. This time, they took the Disturbed track Down with the Sickness and made it sound like a bubbly 1950s Doo-Wop tune. Love it or hate it, consider supporting their fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

How Not to Use an Effects Pedal

How Not to Use an Effects Pedal

If you took two minutes to read the manual that came with the effects pedal, you’d know that it plugs in between your guitar and the amplifier. But musician Seiji Igusa came up with a less conventional way to use an effects pedal, to strum and manipulate his guitar’s strings. Whatever works, we suppose.

Minecraft x Portal Music Sync

Minecraft x Portal Music Sync

DoodleChaos is a master at making digital worlds that sync up to the beat of music. In this video, they created a incredibly complex Minecraft level, with Portal-inspired gateways that lead to a wondrous world filled with music and visual delights.

If Pink Floyd Was Nirvana

If Pink Floyd Was Nirvana

Musician Steve Welsh likes to reinterpret songs in different styles. Here, he explores what it might have been like if Pink Floyd possessed the bodies of Nirvana, and they were the ones who wrote the 1991 track Endless, Nameless. Welsh’s dreamy prog-rock version is significantly more eardrum friendly than the cacophonous original.

The Drum Gyroscope

The Drum Gyroscope

Normally, drummers play on solid ground. But the Westfield High School Band has a gyroscopic rig that lets a percussionist perform while spinning on three axes. EMC Productions got up close with this dizzying thrill ride for drummers and took it for a spin. We’re impressed that he didn’t lose his lunch while playing.

Seven Device Army

Seven Device Army

The Device Orchestra is back to perform one of their most requested songs ever. Everyone’s favorite band of electric toothbrushes, typewriters, credit card machines, and miscellaneous appliances is perfectly suited to the thumpy and repetitive bass rhythm of the White Stripes classic Seven Nation Army.

Alugalug Cat Ultimate Edition

Alugalug Cat Ultimate Edition

After The Kiffness remixed the gurgly sounding Alugalug Cat and subsequently upgraded it with an international symphony, the track continued to make the round on social media. It eventually landed in the hands of MiMo, who stitched together Kiff’s beat with a bunch of other musicians from TikTok and enhanced it with a funky mix of jazz and rap.

Take on Miku

Take on Miku

Astrophysics celebrates Valentine’s Day with a music video and cover of the overplayed but still catchy A-Ha track Take on Me. Taking on lead vocal duties is synthetic singer Hatsune Miku, one of the few musical artists capable of hitting the same high notes as A-ha’s Morten Harket.

One-Day Piano Build

One-Day Piano Build

Musician Rob Scallon has been working on a series of DIY instruments that can be assembled quickly and inexpensively. For this build, he and his buddy Simon created a makeshift piano in less than a day, using a bunch of spare guitar strings, tuning pegs, door stoppers, and other bits and pieces from the Home Depot.

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Stayin’ Alive But It’s Way More Complicated

Stayin’ Alive But It’s Way More Complicated

The 1977 Bee Gees track Stayin’ Alive is one of the most famous songs of the disco era. Musician Charles Berthoud remembers the song a little differently than we do, with way more flourishes for the bass guitar part – and a funky prog-rock synth solo sandwiched in the middle.

Songs That Stop on Stop

Songs That Stop on Stop

The word “stop” has appeared in countless songs over the years, and musicians just can’t resist taking a breath after singing it. Todd in the Shadows put together this great compilation of songs that momentarily stop after the word, including tracks like U Can’t Touch This, Where Is My Mind?, I Try, and Suit & Tie.

Giants by Moog: Herb Deutsch

Giants by Moog: Herb Deutsch

Electronic music trailblazer Herb Deutsch invented the Moog synthesizer with Bob Moog. Their genius propelled synths into the mainstream, changing the sound of music forever. Deutsch tells all in episode one of the Giants documentary series, which invites legendary electronic music innovators to share their untold stories.

Beatboxing with Four Harmonicas

Beatboxing with Four Harmonicas

Musician Dan Murphy of Irish folk band Hermitage Green has made a name for himself with his ability to beatbox and play the harmonica at the same time. In this clip, he managed to switch between four different harmonicas in order to play notes across more octaves.

Some Nights: Choir Edition

Some Nights: Choir Edition

The talented vocalists of Stellenbosch University Choir performed this enveloping cover of the 2012 Fun. track Some Nights, giving the song a rich and layered new sound with a hint of South African flair. The performance took place at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre and was wonderfully arranged by Tom Anderson.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

“It’s been a long time since I made a new friend… waiting on another black summer to end.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers just dropped their first new song in six years. The intro track off their album Unlimited Love also marks the return of producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante. The album drops 4.1.22.

Easy Listening Monster Band

Easy Listening Monster Band

Need to take the edge off of a hard week? Put on your headphones, take a sip of your favorite spirit, and listen to some smooth jams from the Monster Quintet. This series of easy listening musical interludes was produced for the Sesame Place theme parks back in the 1980s and is a must-watch Muppet fans.

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The Book of Boba Fett Cello Cover

The Book of Boba Fett Cello Cover

Between the excellent theme music for The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, Ludwig Göransson is setting himself as the Star Wars franchise’s new go-to composer. Sit back and enjoy this great cover of the Boba Fett theme performed in three parts on cello by Nicholas Yee.

The Empire Strikes Axe

The Empire Strikes Axe

Star Wars tribute band Galactic Empire bangs out an awesome hard rock cover version of John Williams’ The Imperial March, giving the Empire’s most iconic theme song an appropriately razor-sharp edge to accompany all of their evil deeds. Even Emperor Palpatine approves, and he’s not easy to please.

Queens of the Stone Age on Slide Guitar

Queens of the Stone Age on Slide Guitar

Dan Dubuque is back with another phenomenal solo slide guitar performance. This time, he takes on on the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age track, Go with the Flow, which also happens to be one of our favorite songs of all time.

When You Can’t Afford a Piano

When You Can’t Afford a Piano

It used to be if you wanted to play piano, you needed an actual piano. But with modern synthesizers, software, and controllers, you can play pretty much any instrument without having one. Composerily proves that point with a performance of Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca on an MIDI Fighter 64 8×8 controller.

Get Low: Swing Edition

Get Low: Swing Edition

(PG-13: Language) If Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz recorded music back in the 1930s, it might have sounded something like this. There I Ruined It took the 2009 track Get Low and crunked it up swing style. Skeet-skeet that slide whistle!

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

DoodleChaos loves to create visualizations of music. While they usually use programs like Minecraft, Planet Coaster, and Line Rider, they made this video with a custom Unity program that reads MIDI files and drops an object each time a key is pressed. As the music progresses, the density of the falling Tetrominoes goes insane.

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