Sunday, April 6, 2014

TEDx Talk Idea #1

The title says it all.  What I'm going to talk about is the most prominent lesson that I have learned from doing this project.  That lesson, or should I say idea, is perseverance.  To really understand why I am doing this idea, you the viewer are going to have to endure some story time.  I seem to be making a habit of this throughout my blogs so I figured I'd announce it this time.  Anyways, for those who don't know my first attempt at the twenty time project was making YouTube videos.  It was supposedly my first try at it and it was going to be picture perfect, but it obviously wasn't (currently learning guitar).  The problem is that I could have had success with my first idea, but I chose not to persevere.  Also, in regard to YouTube, I had made videos before the project, but they all got taken down.  What I had done previously were Fifa (soccer) videos on the PS3.  They caught on and I got a fan base.  I didn't tell my friends about it because they would judge me since they thought I was obsessed with the game at the time, but I enjoyed it and still do.  I mean soccer is a huge part of my life and one of the only things that I truly love.  It may sound cheesy, but it's true.  Anyways, when my fan base was at around 10,000 subscribers my YouTube account was banned.  It was during a vacation in the summer so I didn't have time to correct my mistakes, even thought they were basically unable to be corrected.  Every video I had uploaded at the time had copyrighted music at some point throughout it.  Even though my choice was either delete all of my work or get my account suspended, since I didn't comply with YouTube's demands to remove the videos within the given amount of time (due to my vacation), the account was suspended.  I wasn't angry, just disappointed and not motivated to try again.  Then came twenty time and I thought here comes Kyle for round two, but it just didn't work out the way I wanted again.  I was so scared about the failure that I ignored the potential success.  It's really a common habit of mine.  My mentality is if I won't succeed, then what's the point?  This all ties in with the idea of perseverance, maybe even with believing in yourself.  In addition, If I looked at making YouTube videos again as potentially enjoying it as much as I did the first time versus gaining back the success, then how could I have failed?  I dunno, but I still have time to figure it out.  Thanks for reading.      

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Re-Learning the ALTO SAXOPHONE

To start off, sorry if the last post was overly drab.  It's just not that fun to write about all the stuff you weren't able to accomplish, so bear with me when you consider last weeks post.  Except this week was much different, mostly because I had more time on my hands.  The recent influx of time was caused by me having to quit sailing, which was really disappointing.  The GPS sailing program (my high school program) is a winning one that I really wanted to be a part of, but if you haven't read my last post, then you would know how short I've been for time.  So I chose soccer over sailing (save sailing for summer) which left me with some more free time.  Now don't get me wrong, this extra time has been extremely useful, but even with it I simply still was not in the mood to play guitar.  Scared of having to write another post lacking of progress, I tried out my playing piano.  I used to take lessons for a couple years, but I got bored of it because I eventually realized I didn't enjoy it and was continuing with lessons just to make my parents happy.  Eventually I found out they didn't care if I played or if I didn't, so the next day I told them I wanted out.  Anyways, I didn't like playing the piano this time around either, so I went in the back of my closet and took out my alto saxophone.  I played the sax for my school band when I was in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.  As high school approached, my interest dipped due to my terrible teacher who did not inspire me in the slightest.  This resulted in me dropping band from my schedule freshman year and putting the instrument I used to love in the back of my closet, lacking inspiration to pursue with it.  However, when I was playing piano these memories dawned on me and I acted on them.  To help simply this post, my week has basically been composed of playing simple tunes, like The Pink Panther melody, on my saxophone.  It's been a nice change, but now I really need to start thinking more about what my TEDx talk will be about because right now, I'm clueless.  Thanks for reading!  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Learning Guitar Post 18 - Frustration

Maybe I should've mentioned this in my last blog, but this project is really starting to become more of a burden then anything else.  Now I know I've mentioned countless times that I love to play guitar, and let me clarify that I do, but I just can't find much time to play as of late.  I mean, I see other people making lots of progress related to their projects and at one point I was too.  Although recently, that just hasn't been the case and it's really..well.. frustrating!  Now let me go into a bit of depth about my current "schedule".  For those who don't know I sail for my high school.  We were meant to start in the coming weeks, except the ice won't be breaking anytime soon.  To suffice, the team has to do weight training Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  I also participate in club soccer.  We practice on Tuesdays and have games Saturday/Sunday at an indoor facility an hour away.  Not to mention my high school soccer program will start pre-season conditioning within the next two weeks..  Mix all this stuff in with homework and trying to have some fun along the way, I just don't play guitar as much as in months past.  Also, this isn't me overloading my schedule.  Instead it is me prioritizing what I want to do with my time and during this time guitar isn't up there.  While I'm at it, if I have a research paper worth 25% of my final exam grade due on Tuesday in the same class, which project do you think I would be spending more of my time on?  Anyways, the reasons why I didn't play much guitar this week are that I have other stuff going on and in place of playing guitar I was working on a more prominent research paper.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Questions with.. Answers!!



In this blog i'll be answering some required questions regarding the 20 time project that I have been working on.  So if you're aren't my English teacher then I personally wouldn't read what I have to say. 

What have you liked most/least about 20 Time?
     Thus far, my favorite part of the 20 time project has been that it has been an excuse to take the initiative. What I mean by this is that is when we picked an idea to revolve our blogs around in the beginning of the school year, we were encouraged to try something new that we have always wanted to try.  For example, I had always wanted to try out making YouTube videos and this project was the perfect excuse to finally take the initiative and give it a shot.
     My least favorite part of the 20 time project has been the slowly growing lack of enthusiasm.  This problem used to apply to me as well when I was attempting to make YouTube videos, but that all changed when I started learning guitar.  Also, I really do love playing guitar and hopefully my blogs are somewhat able to express how much I enjoy it.  However, while I may be enjoying my second chance at this project, some of my classmates projects seem to have suffered as time passed (mine included).  To be honest, the last couple weeks this have been much better, but if you look back far enough you should be able to see droughts of excitement in most of my classmates blogs.  For example, back to back weeks of excuses at to why nothing is happening.  Let it be known that I understand that a lack of progress regarding twenty time more than realistic, but nevertheless it really does affects the quality of the blogs produced.  This is a bit hard to explain, but my main point is that considering the lengthy extent of the 20 time project, people will just become less enthusiastic about their project now versus the beginning of the year when there was a lot of hype around this project.     

What would you have done differently with your project?
     If I could go back, I wish I would have set goals for my project.  What I mean is that in my first blog I wish I had said that I want to accomplish this, this, and this by the end of my 20 time project time.  It's truly just a small thing that wouldn't have affected my progress, but I think it would have been cool if I could have used those goals as guidelines toward what I want to become guitar wise.  It also would have kept a deadline in the back of my head, which would have kept me focused on accomplishing those goals.  Bear in mind, the goals could have been anything from learning a specific song, to memorizing my first song, etc.  I hope these answers help you understand a bit more about how I feel about the 20 time project.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning Guitar Post 17 - THE PLAN

Well, it's official.  Check it out: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/11505

Pretty nifty, right?  The fact that my class will even have the opportunity to speak at one of these events is a privilege in itself.  Not to mention a privilege that few will ever have the chance to experience in person.  So a big thanks to Mr. Provenzano for putting this together.  I'm really psyched that I will have a chance to be a part of this prestigious event and even though I don't plan to speak in it (even in the unlikely event that I should be invited), just the opportunity to be apart of a TEDx event is truly awesome.

Anyways, if you have ever witnessed a TED style talk online or in person, you should know that they revolve around sharing an idea.  This 20 time project was supposed to give my class experience in which we would use to back up our idea in our talk.  Also, it is required that we need to present a ted style talk, even if we aren't speaking in the event. And I understand it may be a bit early, but I don't think it would hurt to post some of my ideas down now.  I mean, these blogs are supposed to be our road map, so that's exactly how I intend to use them.  Before I go into my idea, my blogging plan for right now is to alternate for the next few weeks between ideas and progress, but mostly ideas.  To clarify, these ideas will be the center of my talk and my progress will be there to help it.

The idea that I currently would like to incorporate/revolve my talk around is living in the moment.  For example, I recently came back from a resort in the Dominican Republic which I went to for mid-winter break.  Also, it was fantastic!  Thanks for asking..  Now, let me paint a picture of something I saw far to often.  In the lobby of the resort, there was a small and slow WiFi hot spot.  The internet was nearly unusable, yet nearly at all times of the day around fifty people were on their phones trying to use it, which made the part of the lobby that had WiFi packed.  Bear in mind, most of them were teens or people in their twenty's.  What I saw was Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. all open on their screens, yet just in front of them was a beach.  Not one you will get to see every day either.  My point is, my generation as well as generations near mine don't seem to live in the moment anymore.  They would rather just take a picture of themselves "having fun" for virtual likes instead of actually having it.  This video really does an excellent job of displaying the message I want to get across: http://www.artthesystem.com/2013/12/after-i-saw-this-i-put-down-my-phone.html?m=1

I'll get into how to incorporate guitar with this idea in the next post if I can.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Learning Guitar Post 16 - <-- That number is getting up there!

Hello, viewers..  This week has been an interesting one.  To start, I was just messing with my guitar on Wednesday when my first string (the one closest to the ground when you're holding the guitar) snapped.  I got a replacement the next day, but it was a moment I will never forget.  I see it as the equivalent to when your child finally walks or when a baby says their first words..  It's actually not even close to that in reality, but let me have my fun.  Also, now I can finally say that I can play almost every song on a "Learning Guitar" site half decently!  If you want to check out what I've learning, here: http://www.learn-acoustic-guitar.com/20-easy-acoustic-guitar-tabs-and-songs-you-can-start-learning-now  Pretty cool in my opinion and a nice milestone as well.  Also, I know these blogs aren't the longest or filled with the most material every week, but that doesn't mean I'm not working on this.  Between just homework and extracurricular s I try my best to try and record most of my progress on playing guitar that week.  If that means that I won't have as much on one blog compared to another then so be it.  Lastly, I've tried to record myself playing guitar on my laptop, but the mic in it is busted and the mic in my headphones (if I connect them to my laptop) is terrible quality.  So, I don't think you'll be able to here me any time soon.  Anyways, thanks for reading.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Actually learning guitar!!

The title is misleading because I have been learning guitar, but if you lead the last post then you would know that my lessons have started!!  Grosse Pointe Music Academy one on one lessons to be specific.  Anyways, for my first lesson it was really basic.  All I did was tune my guitar, try out some chords, and then practice C major scale.  I've been doing the same at home everyday.  Just practicing that scale as well as some basic songs that are only a few chords that are repeated.  It's weird because as of late I haven't been the most motivated, but I've learned the more in the last couple of weeks than in the last two months when I was really motivated.  I don't know, I thought that was strange, but it might be just me..  As I write this, I'm watching the Super Bowl half time show.  It's been alright, I personally thought Bruno Mars' music was to relaxing, but he's proved me wrong so far.  Also the Red Hot Chili Peppers just performed and they looked so ridiculous.  I mean they all come out with they're shirts off and the one guy playing guitar was banging his head around so much that I wouldn't be surprised if he brain damage.  MY POINT IS, I don't want my viewers to think I will be like that freak electric guitarist.  This is more my style, so if you care check out this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM

Thanks for reading!!  Also, sorry for not updating my last blog.  No excuses, I just forgot.