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Eric Kim’s Second Performance

My song for this performance was “At the Bottom of Everything” by Bright Eyes. I chose this song because I liked the fast and upbeat chords, as well as the unique lyrics. I did not have a particular backstory to… Continue Reading →

Eric Kim’s Soul Song

My soul song is “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire. For me, whether or not I like a song is heavily dependent on good it sounds. The lyrics and meaning to the song actually comes second. In this case, I find… Continue Reading →

Anne, Eric, and William’s First Performance

Aspiring amateur guitarists (Anne Yolland, Eric Kim, and William Lee) perform their interpretation of “Time of Your Life” by Green Day. All were extremely happy with the performance, and played once again in front of the class. We enjoyed working… Continue Reading →

#IntroGuitar Course Welcome & Introduction

Hey folks!

Here’s a brief example of how you might contribute a course introduction during our first few weeks of class this semester. You can see many others here.

While open online participants are free to jump in and begin on any particular assignment they like, even a short video introduction to yourself and your playing can provide a meaningful connection to your classmates before we get going.

Here are some prompts to get you going:

  • Who are you? Where are you from? How do you come to find yourself in #IntroGuitar?
  • What is your experience or history with guitar (or music)?
  • What do you want to learn during the course?
  • Is there anything you would like support in learning from the #introguitar community?

Be sure to categorize your post under Course Introductions so they will sort … Continue reading

Course Introduction

On Memorable Learning


Whether working with the TALONS, philosophers, or the #IntroGuitar community, I am fortunate to get to spend a good deal of time planning lessons and thinking of learning experiences that are not only ‘memorable,’ but hopefully also: personal, meaningful and – optimally – transformative. I would agree with a definition that sees learning as Jeanne Ellis Ormrod describes it:

“A long-term change in mental representations and associations due to experience[.]”

The theoretical approaches that I bring to this view of learning are largely inspired by constructivism and sociocultural theory, as well as the networked processes at the heart of connectivism. Defined in this week’s EDCI 335 reading, constructivists:

suggest that people create (rather than absorb) knowledge … Continue reading

“…not a class that teaches guitar, but one where you can learn guitar.”

#IntroGuitar Performance Day

I’m forever indebted to Alan Levine’s description of #IntroGuitar sometime last spring, where he included Gleneagle‘s Introduction to Guitar 11 in a list of experiments in Open Courses You Won’t Find in the New York Times, A Cheesy Edudemic Infographic, or Among Davos Champagne Sippers:  

In a basic hosted WordPress web site, he has a place for his high school students and anyone else interested to post their recordings, videos, and writings about elearning to play guitar. There is a loose curriculum, but open participants can jump in and out easily.

And a semantic distinction, it is not a class that teaches guitar but one where you can learn guitar.

Already people … Continue reading

EDCI335: Introduction to Learning Design

Recently returned from a two-week odyssey around my girlfriend’s native land of Barbados, I’ve been tasked as part of our first module in EDCI 335: Learning Design with introducing myself and my intentions in the course. I’ll admit that it’s something that – this far into the ongoing learning project of this blog – strikes me as a little odd. Those looking to ‘meet’ me through this post will find no shortage of background on what has brought me here with a little exploration of my About Page, or by delving into my post categories and tags.

The short answer is that I am a HS Gifted Program teacher in Coquitlam, BC, with specialization in History, English and Leadership. Additionally, I am also a music teacher at my school, where I teach an open online … Continue reading

Duet with Birds


Clayton vs. the Loop Pedal

An ambitious turn for Clayton as he takes on three instruments (around a loop pedal) in this We Are the City cover.

Melissa and Dad playing together

This Blog Post goes along with this video.  It really was terrific doing this with my dad.  It got better after this, the next day, after the string change.  We played quite well together. Hope everyone is doing well.  I… Continue Reading →

“…totally uncharted territory.”

#IntroGuitar Performance Day

Something that I haven’t given as much blog attention here as I would have liked so far this semester is the vibrant community that has sprung up around our school’s Introduction to Guitar class. Having had students post their work regularly to a wiki site in past years, I wanted to incorporate some of the design lessons I learned in #Philosophy12 and create a site that could function as a hub of creation, collaboration, and community that would serve not only our school’s face-to-face guitar students, but also offer wayfinding musicians on the open web a place to play, learn, and offer their own expertise to one another. Alan Levine nailed it with this description:

…it is not a class that teaches … Continue reading

The 2 Strings Tune (Sunday Jam)

Just playing along to the Sunday Jam , first take and already found tunes to another song, can’t quite figure out which one though. Played through the whole song with only the B and E strings! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzr2dVqkn1o]

I broke a string

I broke a string, originally uploaded by Rowan Peter. The G string never stayed in tune. I broke the string while I was trying to tune it. Next stop? The guitar shop.

Melissa’s Asynchronous Jam

Asynchronous Jam D/Em/G for Wolves by Josh Ritter. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/78940330″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Sore fingers, some speeding, and a little bit of playing with strum style. It was great to “jam” practice with other participants yesterday, maybe… Continue Reading →

My first attempts at strumming D major and E minor

Here are my first attempts at playing the D major and E minor chords. Pretty bad. I’ll continue to practice slowly alternating between the two chords and then I’ll attempt to record an Asynchronous Jam with the Class Recording: Strumming… Continue Reading →

Stringing my guitar and tuning it (Standard tuning)

It took some time, but I was finally able to string my guitar with new D’Addario Medium Light strings. This is the process I worked through. Using pliers, I gently tugged the bridge pins from the bridge, removed the old… Continue Reading →

Cmdr. Chris Hadfield on pickin’ Larrivée Parlor in Space

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoMCrkdee8s] While I’ve been pestering him to join us for some guitar this semester while he is commanding the International Space Station, I came across this video of Chris Hadfield talking about the guitar that lives aboard the ISS… Continue Reading →

Introductory Post for Paul

Greetings, everyone. Here’s my intro video; I’m looking forward to learning with all of you and seeing how this online group works out!

Recording: Hallway Guitar

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Take Away Show: Kate Nash cover

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23YLuBN9yAY] By Nina & Vanessa in 2011.

Mr. Shong’s new Elective

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Aqfl8AtcrI&w=560&h=315]

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