Show Me How To Play by Arts Council England

Arts Council gives budding musicians a helping hand with online tutorials.

Ever wanted to learn to play songs by your favourite artists, but struggled to work out the chords? Forget air guitar and hair-brush microphones, today is the day to start learning to play for real…

For all those frustrated budding musicians out there, Arts Council England’s Take it away scheme has commissioned five exclusive online tutorials of hit songs including Take That’s ‘Back for Good’, Motown classic ‘Heard it Through The Grapevine’, Snow Patrol’s hit single ‘Run’ or, for the rockers, Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ (arguably featuring the greatest guitar riff of all time) and legendary Oasis hit ‘Wonderwall.’

Mary-Alice Stack of Arts Council England said:

“More than 30,000 people have already used the Take it away scheme to buy a musical instrument, but we know that access to affordable tuition can also be a problem. The tutorials are designed to give beginner and intermediate level players of all kinds the tools they need to learn a song that they love, at their own pace and without expense.”

The tracks have been produced by Show Me How To Play using their unique ‘Multiplayer’ software which helps you learn your part, while playing along with the rest of the band. The tutorials provide a unique and simple approach to learning and, better still, participants can play as part of a group to get the full effect.

Mark Flannery of Show Me How To Play said:

“We are delighted to be involved with Take it Away and to have delivered the 5 tutorials. The Multiplayer lets you learn an instrument as part of a band making the whole experience very engaging and therefore rewarding. You can use it as an individual or form a band with your friends. It’s very simple to use just follow the links to download the software and the songs you want to learn.”

Users can see a demo of the Multiplayer and preview all 5 tutorials here

All five songs have been cleverly arranged to strip down separate parts for a variety of instruments and are suitable for musicians and vocalists of all abilities.

To download the Multiplayer software and tutorials, users need to register at .

The tracks have been commissioned by Arts Council England as part of a unique partnership with children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. Users are invited to make a donation of 50p for each tutorial which goes directly to CLIC Sargent as part of their ‘Practice-a-thon Music’ campaign. Users wanting to get more involved are encouraged to put their musical talents to good use by organising a sponsored practise or even put on a fundraising gig in aid of CLIC Sargent. See for more details.