by Phil Warren
Fellow Brave Newbie, Angela, has joined forces with me learning a new instrument. Look! She has a ukulele! And we’re kind of sort of covering my accordion hero, Jason Webley, with the song “Eleven Saints.” Oddly enough, Jason Webley doesn’t play accordion in this song, so I’m trying to figure out a part on my squeeze box that fits. I’ve got the bass chords figured out, but the melody’s going to take a little more creativity I guess.
Angela’s done an amazing job learning ukulele, she’s tackling this song heroicly.
Also, we were playing along with the song, and the microphone in the MacBook is apparently positioned right next to the speakers, so through much of the song the actual Jason Webley is drowning us out.
by Phil Warren
Progress slowed slightly, as today I prepared to learn a new song with Angela, so we might play a accordion/ukulele duet. Unfortunately, after restringing her ukulele, we were not able to get it to hold it’s tuning, so, well… there was that. I was looking forward to posting footage of the duet, but it didn’t happen, so you’ll have to make something up. Angela’s an impressive girl, so I’m fairly sure once we figure this whole tuning thang out she’ll destroy me with her musical abilities.
We also pursued the pigeon man of Silver Lake to do an accordion/pigeon photoshoot. He did not show up to the photoshoot, but with a good photographer, the day was not entirely a bust.
I now present what you should consider a formal invitation to see my French counterpart, lowly pigeon farmer Pierre d’Awesome, show off whatever accordion playing skills can be gained in the course of a single month.
Remember, regardless of how good or how awful I am at the end of this month, this show will happen. Feel free to come, bring your family, bring your friends, and see what happens!
Also, for your edification, here’s the pigeon man of Silver Lake who, had he attended our photoshoot, may have prevented me from Photoshopping myself into this ridiculous scenario.
by Phil Warren
So you’re on board. You’re ready to explore the limits of your existence, or at least how to do a blanket stitch. You want to learn something new! Where do you look?
The main resources I’d recommend:
Meetup.com - Find people who do what you would like to do, and join a community! Make new friends, who you will be surprised to find are happy to teach you the skillset they love!
EHow.com – Find instructions to do just about everything.
Google - Seriously. You’ve been on the internet. You know how this works. If you don’t find the answers on this page, just google it. Google the crap out of it. Google til you can google no more.
While Google can reveal more than I ever could, localized to your neighborhood, I thought I’d offer some suggestions.
Here are just a few things that I would suggest, or have been suggested to me, EVERY ONE OF WHICH IS OBTAINABLE IF YOU AREN’T AFRAID TO TRY NEW THINGS!
For those just looking to grow:
Shy? A little timid? Not quite comfortable voicing your opinions at a dinner party, much less dancing half-naked in front of a crowd? I’ve had more than a few friends approach burlesque as a tool to fight this anxiety, and succeed! You’ll never need to perform, but it’s a self-confidence builder and possibly your only opportunity to wear a bikini made out of Splenda packets. It just so happens the glamorous Penny Starr Jr has opened her burlesque school in Los Angeles, with a special super-bowl(esque) class on February 6th! I’m told the best way to learn to do burlesque is simply to go to shows and meet the girls, however, as they are friendly and inclusive.
All Star Burlesque Classes - Run by Penny Starr Jr, who taught my friend Ali Oops, pictured to the left.
Lili’s School for Wayward Girls – Run by the legendary Lili VonSchtupp, this is not a beginner’s course, but a polishing course for burlesque dancers looking to step up their game.
Curious about the more reserved side of socialization? Want to rediscover the joys of staying in with some close friends and playing some games? Maybe you want to look into Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, or simply some more esoteric board games! It doesn’t seem like a new skill at first, but you’d be learning a new past time, and in my book that qualifies.
Game Empire - Hosting gaming sessions every Wednesday night and Sunday during the day, I understand this a great place to pick up new gaming skills in Pasadena.
Melrose Music and Comics – Hosting Magic: The Gathering sessions every Friday night, this shop is owned by the family of one of the Brave Newbies met in the first month of this project. So you should go there repeatedly.
Want to bring a little classical romance into your adventuring? Maybe something to do as a couple, with your partner in crime? Maybe you just want to be a little more light on your feet, or want to meet someone special in a less-boozy environment? In Los Angeles, as well as every major city, the number of dance studios and groups is innumerable.
3rd Street Dance - Offering inexpensive classes catering to every level of dancer, one can learn salsa, tango, and various disciplines of swing dancing with groups of skilled dancers. This is my personal preference.
Isabelle’s Dance Academy – Offers drop in classes for $20, specializing in salsa and tango. A favorite of some of my friends, though focuses largely on couples. Read more »
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- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”