One-Month Challenge

Friday, February 1, 2008

And we're back...

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Learn a new musical instrument and learn to play a few songs on it. [Catherine Murcek] / Learn to play the cello. [Rob Peck]

I've had this lovely old Yamaha G-50A classical guitar kicking around for the last decade. It used to belong to my mother (if I can find it, I'll post the circa-1970s black & white of my parents camping with it), who handed it down to me, and I've been shlepping it from city to city promising myself "someday, I'll learn".

UW's Experimental College (the place where they put all the fun classes, like Adventure Backpacking and Cartooning) runs a Beginning Guitar class taught by Jack Dowdell (who moved here to continue his public school career but did so well holding private lessons that he started his own business); it promises basic playing skill plus a little music theory for the low, low price of $125.

Let me put in a pitch (ha! ugh.) for NCR's PitchPerfect software. No need to buy a tuner; just fire up you laptop, slap in a microphone (or a bluetooth headset), and play a note: the software tells you how far off you are. Slick...and free!