YouTube: A Platform for Musicians

YouTube: A Platform for Musicians

I can’t remember how I discovered YouTube. (I think one of my daughter’s friends emailed me a link to a video about ten years ago.) But once I found it, I was hooked. What a great way to showcase creativity.

I hope you have time to listen to great music today, because I just have to share some of my favorites.

You can find anything on YouTube. Your favorite scene from a TV show or movie. A tutorial on how to paint ceilings or apply makeup. TED talks. Khan Academy. Stupid phone videos. Art videos. Book trailers.

And of course, music videos.

I am addicted to music videos. And such variety exists on YouTube: archival clips of artists long dead; every genre, from ancient through classical, country, rock, jazz, and cutting-edge-this- minute; famous musicians; kids who know two chords on guitar; unknowns; and my favorite—talented musicians who will be world famous next week when their video goes viral. Some careers boosted by YouTube exposures: 2Cellos, Jake Shimabukuro, and ThePianoGuys.

Another favorite class of YouTube videos is covers—but not the ones that duplicate the original, ones that remake it so that it sounds so new. Okay, the ones I posted above do that, too. And also some of the ones I included in a previous post, Why I Like Pinterest (click here). But here are two more amazing examples:

And I have to share Yo Yo Ma playing bluegrass:

When I taught elementary general music, I used YouTube to show my students examples of excellent performances. I even made a couple of playlists. For example, in my district, fifth graders did a unit on Irish music, so I put together some videos showing Uilleann pipes, bodhran, penny whistle, harp, and wooden flute.

And here is a playlist I made to teach about the Brass Instruments.

I’ve mentioned before that I save my favorite music videos on Pinterest. I have very eclectic taste. I support the musicians I follow on YouTube by buying their CDs and attending their concerts.

I know this post just scratches the surface of YouTube, but I promise I will delve deeper in future posts. In the meantime, are you using YouTube to reveal your talent to the world? Tell us how below in the comments.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

3 responses »

  1. Hi, Andrea! I think I’m the first person to leave a comment on your blog, and why shouldn’t it be your brother? I’ve only recently started checking out things on YouTube. One video that helped me a lot was one that showed how to change mandolin strings. It’s not so easy if you have no idea where to begin! Anyway, we both have eclectic musical tastes, and I thought you might like this video. While this isn’t the style of music either one of us is likely to seek out first, I think as a former music teacher you’ll be impressed by these young ladies’ talent. Here’s the link:

    I enjoy reading your other posts, too!

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  2. Wow, they’re really holding their own, aren’t they? And over 8.6 million hits. Thanks for your comment, little brother. Did you see my post on YouTube tutorials?


    • Yes, I did, and I suspect I’ll be utilizing some of the them in the near (and distant) future. While I have looked for music and tablature before to try to learn how to play certain songs on guitar or mandolin, I’ve haven’t yet looked to see how other people might do so. Live and learn!

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