Posts Written By heyheygig

How roadblocks can help you be a better teacher.

As a teacher or learner, what’s holding you back from accomplishing your goals? What obstacles keep you from progressing? What are your biggest struggles? For me, there are few obstacles and roadblocks that hold me back from being a better teacher. First, my school does not promote any professional development. I do not get any time off to attend conferences or seminars and if I miss a class due to absence, I have to make it up at a later date, which is very inconvenient. Plus, my school’s Faculty Development department was just dissolved. No kidding. Second, I feel like…

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Learning Guitar: 1-Minute Changes w/ Problem Chords

Nothing like airing some dirty laundry! This is a video of me drilling chord changes with a few chords that have been giving me a hard time. The idea here is to change chords as many times as possible in the span of a minute. The chords shouldn’t be total rubbish, but the aim is to speed up the fingers and build muscle memory while worrying about accuracy later. I have discovered a small tweak that’s helping me speed my changes along. I’ve started changing the order I place my fingers on the strings. The goal is to have all…

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How I’m Reclaiming My Life From My Phone

Do you ever find yourself walking down a busy sidewalk while typing messages on your phone? Do you ever use your phone while crossing the street? I used to do both of these things. Over the past couple years, I’ve been thinking a lot about my phone usage, and how I spend too much time staring at its screen. I realized that I need to rein in my phone usage and reclaim my life. While I began thinking about how to do this, I came across several others sharing helpful ideas about the same thing. This quick 3 minute TED…

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Twist & Shout (Take 1)

  Here’s my weekly guitar practice video. This week I’m taking a stab at a simplified version of The Beatles Twist & Shout. I’m beginning to see some progress with my changes between chords A, D, & E while I continue to practice up-strums and various rhythms patterns. Here’s the original Beatles version for reference. Someday in the distant future, if I’m lucky and keep chipping away at my practice, I may make girls scream like this.  

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This Land Is Your Land (Take 1)

This is my first take on a simplified version Woody Guthrie’s famous folk song. After reading the Dust Bowl Ballads a few weeks ago, and with everything going on in the political world now, I kinda figured this was timely practice. I’m still working my up-strum and slowly building different strum patterns. Trying to keep a steady rhythm and hitting my chord changes is plenty enough for me to think about now. Maybe one day I’ll at least start humming the lyrics.   Take ‘er easy, but take it.

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French 004

Here’s my pronunciation practice from my fourth French class.     The following are the texts I’m using to practice.     I am still very dependent upon reading the text to help me speak, but I can feel my confidence slowly building as I become more familiar with the vocabulary. I struggle with the French numbers and need to practice them more. As we begin to tackle higher numbers, I realize that I need to spend some time on the basics.

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Wild Thing (Take 1)

  Honestly, I’m not sure if this is Wild Thing or Louie Louie, but I love them both! This is one of the first tunes I began learning on the guitar. It’s fun to play because it’s just the same few chords repeated. I’ve recently been practicing my up-strum, so I decided to give it a go on this tune. The up-strum makes this sound so much better! I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m beginning to see some slow progress. I still need to get a metronome to help me keep a steady…

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