Doing something different

English: An easy way to teach yourself guitar,...
English: An easy way to teach yourself guitar, learning how to play in your own time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a long weekend this weekend.  Friday, I went to a conference, where I ran a section of the Maker Playground.  It was great fun.  We scanned people in and printed them out, flew some mini quadcopters around and made paper circuits. Saturday, we went to a fantastic wedding, a couple I’ve known for about 7 years or so, and it’s finally legal for them to get married!  So, that was a great celebration.  Sunday, I did nothing, despite it being a beautiful day.  I was physically and emotionally exhausted from a long week.  Geeky Boy was in town and we hung out together.  Otherwise, I sat on the couch and played Civilization.

Today, I came out of slugdom and started straightening up areas of the house.  I decided that I needed to focus on me for once.  The last few weekends, I’ve prepped for classes, written papers, or other work.  I needed to do something to improve the space I spend time in and feel like I was doing something non-work-related.

I made some chicken stock from scratch and while it was cooking, I borrowed Geeky Girl’s guitar and started learning to play.  I got an iPad app to guide me through the process.  It’s a little like Guitar Hero with a real guitar.  I practiced for about an hour.  And yes, I suck.  But it’s so different from what I normally do, and I have to focus so much that I can’t think about anything else.  Essentially that’s why I play video games, but I get bored with them after a while and get tired of staring at a screen.

My goal is to learn a song or two by the end of the school year.  I think everyone should try to learn something completely new every 5 years.  I’ve had to learn new programming languages almost every year, but those map fairly well onto existing knowledge.  I also wanted to challenge myself to take the time to do this even when life is busy.  It’s easy enough that I would have a hard time making excuses (unlike exercise where weather can throw a wrench into all my plans).  We’ll see how it goes, and if I get any good, I’ll post a tune here.

2 Replies to “Doing something different”

  1. I posted today about trying a Paint Nite outing for basically the same reasons–putting myself back in that uncomfortable learning space and pushing myself to stretch. Learning to play an instrument is on my lifetime to-do list–curious to see how it goes for you!

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