For my choose to learn something new, I chose to simply learn how to do improv. And I quickly found out that it is not simple to just learn how to do improv. There is also many ways to go about learning it. I asked some experts what they thought was the best way to do it. Eventually I began learning through exercises or games with the experts. They would explain how to do an improv exercise and then I would try out the exercise with the same expert.
My goal was to be able to do the last exercise at the end of the semester without messing up once and flowing right through the game like an improv pro would. The reason that I chose to try and learn improv was because I found out very early on in the second semester how important it is with radio on-air hosting. I thought it was a good opportunity to try and kill two birds with one stone, I would try honing my skills at improv for fun and to help me on NR92 and any radio or speaking I do in the future.
So how I learned was through 4 different sessions with 4 different experts throughout the semester. They weren’t very long sessions, and usually we would only try out one exercise or game, but i felt I was able to get my feet wet and what I did learn was good stuff. My 4 experts were Tyler Dettling, Scott Pedrick, Sam Silver, and Donovan Workun who works for Atomic Improv.
On 4 separate occasions I met with an expert and they taught a game or exercise to me and then we tried out the game. I took a video of 3 of these times and have a couple pictures of the other time. The only way I really tested myself was by trying out the game with the expert and doing it until I completed it successfully. The one day that we had Donovan come and do improv with our class, we did a lot of exercises and games and was by far the most time I put into learning improv. The other times I only tried out one or two games at a time and only tried them for around 3-5 minutes.
My ultimate test was the last one with Scott and as I pointed out earlier, my ultimate goal was to make it through a full game without screwing up. I wanted to flow throughout a whole exercise because my first exercise with Tyler, I bumbled and screwed up multiple times. I technically didn’t achieve my goal because I had to say “umm” or “uhh” a couple times and needed to think about answers. It was a pretty chincey goal in the first place and I have to do improv on a regular basis to get anywhere close to doing it well or without screwing up. I would definitely say I need A LOT more work on my improv game.
So for my learn something new, I decided to learn guitar. Ever since I was young, I was pretty musically inclined. I played the recorder in elementary (who didn’t), I was the rhythm section in a school choir group, I started playing drums when i was 11 and played trombone while I was in junior high and highschool. I was also part of a band that my friends and I made that lasted for 4 years. I continue to play drums till this day! Ever since I started playing music I’ve always wanted to learn the guitar. I wanted to learn it because the guitar has always been able to make music on its own, without the need of an accompanying band. I tried picking it up and learning, but I would quit after a few hours. I just became unmotivated when I didnt see myself improve as quickly as I did with drumming. So when I got this assignment, I knew it would help me learn guitar because I would HAVE to if I wanted to pass the course. Step 1: Getting the Guitar A few years ago I actually bought a guitar from my friend. He had no use of it and needed the cash so i bought it from him. A year later he actually needed it back for a camping trip he was going on so I let him borrow it (since I wasn’t using it anyways). I didn’t get it back until now and im glad its still in good condition 🙂 Heres the guitar.
Step 2: Getting the Lessons When I went into this project, I originally planned to get lessons from a professional. I went to Axe Music and looked at the billboard they had in the store, for guitar classes. All of them were very expensive,ranging from 30-40 dollars a lesson. Being a college student, I couldn’t afford that at all.
I then went to my friends. They all have been playing guitar as long as I’ve been playing drums and two of them were actually part of the band I was in. The first friend I asked said he was too busy with school and work and we wouldn’t be able to find time. The second friend I asked said that he was really bad at teaching and that he hasn’t played for a long time so he might have forgot how to play well. I then went to ask one of the my friends in the RTA program, Andrea Creelman. She teaches music lessons with her whole family so I thought this was going to work out well. She said she would teach me but she just had too many students at the time and would let me know when she was free. Those calls never came in. By now I was pretty bummed out and thinking about changing my learn something new project. I then looked towards the internet to see if I could learn things from there. I stumbled upon a youtube channel with a guy that was giving free EASY beginner lessons. I started watching it and doing the things he told me to do and I found myself learning pretty quickly! It started off really slow but got harder and harder with each lesson.
Step 4: The test
After the classes I did and all the obstacles I went through, this is the end result! Nothing special, but I think I’m a lot farther than I was
Step 5: The wrap up and what now…
Well overall I’m very happy with this assignment. I would never have done it without being forced to. I’ve always given up on stuff before it could get anywhere. Now that I have the training wheels on with this, I’m going to carry on playing! Hopefully someday in the future I’ll get a video of me playing a whole song!
Being tasked with learning something new gives you lots of options to choose from. It can be anything, literally anything!! Which also makes it so difficult to choose what 1 thing you should learn.
I decided I wanted to challenge myself and try to learn how to correctly do a back walkover on my own. I taught kindergym gymnastics (ages 3-5) for a year or so and understand how it needs to be excicuted but to actually perform the move is the difficult part. I had trouble achieveing my goal of a complete back walkover, I need to work more on my bridge to get it looking like this. (see picture below)
Instead of like this. (see below)
I was not able to bend into a bridge from standing and kick over to come to a standing position to finish. I need to work on my shoulder flexability more and hopefully will be able to do one before I return in September.
It didn’t help that I procastinated asking friends to spot me in my attempts to fall back into bridge and then kick over, and when I asked friends I needed to follow through with my requests. I never did get a chance to try the full assisted move but I will work on the fine tuning things in hopes of successfully completing one in September.
I could start from ground and go into a bridge, then walk up a wall and kick into a standing position – but to do it all together (go from stand and fall back into a bridge) at this point is too much. I never “focused” on stretching my back and shoulders on a consistant basis to improve my over all flexability but worked on strengthening them through excersices at the gym on occasion.
To complete this goal I needed to be more determinded and should have worked harder to achieve the results I wanted. I kept putting it off and procrastinating practicing it and that came around to bite me in the end here. Had I gotten a friend to assist/spot my attempt it would have looked something similar to this. (see below)
I thought about using a yoga ball as a brace to support my back in my early attempts, but having lots of snow outside my yard wasn’t avalible and my living room is not sufficent enough to perform this move in. At our schools fitness centre we have yoga balls – but only those in personal training programs are allowed access to the room where they are kept so that wasn’t an option either.
Having taught gymnastics I met quite a few gymnists and catching up with one of the girls who’d gone to national competitions, Sammy Jo Johnson and asked her about executing a walkover. She told me that to perform a back walkover easily you need lots of shoulder and back flexability and it helps to watch your hands as you bend backwards so that you know where the floor is and how soon its coming. Also when you start doing your walkover you need to have the guts to keep going, the moment before you touch the ground with your hands and kick your leg over you need to push yourself and just kick and push with your legs to loop over and land nicely.
I hope that practice over the summer and stretching out my limbs will allow me to be more successful and succeed with this goal I set out to do. That’s what I’ve learned about preparing and excecuting a back walkover this semester. Its been a blast!
NAIT Radio, 2nd Semester
I do not want fish…… I have had these fish for about a month now. I just don’t really give a crap anymore. I still feed them and take care of them like a responsible human, but really my days are just so strange. Some days they could go 8 hours without eating, which is bad, and then I over feed them, which is also bad. I’m going to try and give them to my cousin or a buddy or something. Fish are so boring, all the do is swim around in a bowl… I don’t know why I expected more then that. So I learned that i don’t like taking care of fish.
Well I’m finally back from Vegas! Good news, none of the fish died when my grandma was taking care of them. Bad news though, one did die the day I left for Vegas. So now I only have two fish, Phillip Fishington and Phillip Fishington.
Anyway, now the water has become gross from extra food that has dissolved at the bottom of the tank.
So first thing I did was take the fish out of the bowl and then dumped the water and pebbles into a strainer. Once all the nasty water was down the drain. I filled up the sink with hot water…
… then I shook the pebbles around and got all the food off of it.
With a wet paper towel I then wiped down the inside of the bowl to clean it.
Once that was done, everything went back into the bowl.
And now it’s clean… yay
Turn the clock back six years – BioShock has just been released and people are generally losing their minds. Everyone prefixes every sentence with “Would you kindly?” and then laughs heartily at how funny and creative they are. It was a terrible time to be someone who hadn’t played 2K’s newest release, BioShock. And now here we are, half a decade later, and history is repeating itself.
BioShock: Infinite is a fantastic game – possibly one of the best this generation. If you are into games and somehow missed it, do yourself a favor. Play the game.
If you are one of the people who, like myself, has played and enjoyed the game then let’s you and me make each other a solemn, unbreakable, best-friend promise. We will NOT, under any circumstances, start using Infinite memes in every day speech, even though they are incredibly clever and always appropriate. We won’t ask people heads or tails when a coin is not involved. And we will never, EVER, post social media statuses consisting only of a verb broken down into its past, present and future tenses. Promised, promises, will promise?