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Learn to Play World Music

So you want to learn how to play world music? Find yourself a teacher, a school, a camp... or simply discover a new instrument that you'd like to try!
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How to Choose a Musical Instrument to Play
Many adults would like to learn to play a musical instrument, but aren't sure where to start or how to choose which instrument to play. There are lots of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new musical instrument. Here are some things that can help you choose a musical instrument to play and enjoy for years!

World Musical Instruments That Every Family Should Own
Making music is one of the great joys of childhood (and adulthood, for that matter). Creating your own musical instruments is fun, but it's also neat to own a few "real" musical instruments. Here are some ideas to get you started.

World Musical Instruments for Stocking Stuffers
These tiny world musical instruments might be small, but they pack a big punch. Stuff your loved ones' stockings with something musical this year, and you'll have music on Christmas morning. Maybe.

How I Learned to Play an Instrument as an Adult
Is it possible to learn to play a musical instrument as an adult? Sure it is! Readers share their adult beginner stories and provide inspiration for anyone wishing to learn to play music.See submissions

Readers Share Fiddle Pictures
Readers show and share pictures of their beloved fiddles, and tell the story of where the fiddles came from and how they feel about playing them. Add your fiddle or violin to this gallery and show it off a bit!See submissions

The Wexford Carol
The Wexford Carol is a popular Irish Christmas song with English lyrics. The Wexford Carol is very old, and has a history dating back to the 12th century. Many popular versions of the Wexford Carol have been recorded.

Au Clair de la Lune Lyrics and Translation
Au Clair de la Lune is an early French folksong, which dates back to at least the mid-18th century. The earliest known recording of the human voice is of an unknown woman singing Au Clair de la Lune.

Start a Community Drum Circle
Starting your own community drum circle can be scary and daunting, but it can also be a fun way to meet fellow music fans and learn more about rhythm patterns and the culture of drumming. Your drum circle can as formal or informal as you want.

The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois
The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago offers workshops and classes in many genres of world, ethnic and folk music.

Folk Alliance Organization and Conference
The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance is the trade organization for folk, world and ethnic music artists and businesses throughout the United States and Canada. They hold an annual networking conference, as well as several regional conferences, to allow their members to meet with and work together.

Lark in the Morning Music Store and Catalogue
Lark in the Morning has three brick-and-mortar stores on the West Coast, but also provides a free catalogue containing the most diverse selection of world and folk instruments of any catalogue I've ever found.

What's the Difference Between a Fiddle and a Violin?
What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Well, as the old joke would have it, "You don't spill beer on a violin." There's a bit more to it than that, though, so if you'd like to learn the difference between a fiddle and a violin, read on!

Day-O - The Banana Boat Song
The Banana Boat Song, also known as Day-O, is a traditional Jamaican mento song that was popularized by Calypso folksinger Harry Belafonte in the 1960s. Learn the lyrics and history of the Banana Boat Song!

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