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The four main families of instruments are woodwind, brass, percussion, and string.
String instruments are comprised of some sort of hollow box or pickup with strings drawn across that are plucked, strummed, or bowed and include violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, ukulele, and many more varieties.
Brass family are made of brass tubing as their name implies, and include trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn and others.
Woodwind instruments have reed and tubes, but not all function in exactly the same way as with flutes. Others include clarinet, saxophone, and the English horn,
Percussion includes the piano and any sort of instrument that uses a stick, hand, mallet or other handheld implement to strike a surface and generally are used to maintain rhythm and beat.
Learning guitar, like many string instruments, is slightly less intuitive as other instruments because of the inclusion of chords and a wide range of notes, including half step notes.
Reading sheet music and reading guitar tabs are not exactly the same, and if the goal is to pursue more formal method, then guitar tabs will help to develop familiarity with the guitar, but a bit of study of music theory would follow.
Finger Placement for Guitar:
Generally, tabs have six lines to represent the six strings on a guitar.
Finger Placement for Piano:
Here are some quick start resources for piano.
Flowkey provides instructional materials arranged as individual, progressive chapters.
8notes provides a huge set of piano sheet music for free with many beginner selections available.
Take A Piano Sheet Music Break is home to beginner sheet music PDFs and arranged by level.
Use this all-encompassing Youtube channel for learning a wide variety of instruments from a wide variety of different teachers and hosts.
Use this resource to learn step-by-step lessons to play piano. Very simple and easy to follow, the link connects to a playlist of piano-focused videos.
Another helpful collection of videos for learning many different guitar techniques for acoustic, electric, and classical.
Use this free collection of drum lessons to gather the basics needed to play a drum kit as well as tricks to get the look and feel of being a professional-quality drummer. A variety of videos and instructors available including the Godmother of Drumming playing heavy metal.
Use this excellent resource to learn piano pointers and fine-tuning for violin. A great resource for those interested in learning violin, especially in a step-by-step progression; very British, indeed.
Here is an extensive set of descriptions and reviews for some of the more popular Youtube channels and teachers for learning to play a variety of instruments and music styles. Some of the videos provided go quite deep into detail concerning music theory and can be helpful for learners of any level.
Examples from the review can also be found here:
Another helpful resource is Andrew Huang.
These videos provide not only background on music theory and helpful tips for learning to make music, but explores some of the less-conventional approaches to making music through incorporating technology.
Check out these free online courses from EdX:
Check out these online courses from Coursera:
A casual TED talk to get some warm nostalgia.
A short documentary explaining influences on folk music.
A real deep dive into folk music of the American Midwest from the Library of Congress.
Folk music ranges throughout the world, finding its roots in oral tradition and telling of stories. Sounds of banjos and fiddles often evoke pastoral scenes in the imagination, and the sounds inspire a nostalgic veneration for ancestry and pioneering.
Folk music continues to grow more popular in the United States, with lyrics telling the stories of folklore and spirituous Americana. Often the sounds come from improvised instruments, but that is not to say that folk music goes without brilliance and mastery.
Its core instruments are stringed and reeded, used to keep lively time and often encourage dancing and clapping to keep and enjoy the rhythm.
Common instruments are:
Banjo, a five-stringed cousin of a guitar with a round, tambourine like body and is often plucked with fingers, and notes separated using frets, much like a guitar.
Dulcimer, a hollow box across which are drawn strings of different pitches who are struck with small hammers to make a resonate sound.
Fiddle, the classic lead for melody in much folk music, it more or less is a violin and is played almost exactly the same with a bow drawn back and forth across the strings, but occasionally is used for its plucked sound.
Mandolin, a stringed instrument with four sets of paired strings that is smaller than a guitar, and its even smaller cousin the Ukulele, that actually came to and not from Hawaii from Europe.
Harmonica, a small, hand-held reed box used to make harmony and melodic rhythms.
Concertina, an accordion instrument that uses buttons instead of keys, but is played by moving hands apart and together in much the same manner.