I decided to learn how to play the piano this year, but I don't have the money or time to take lessons. I try to practice (scales, mostly) about 15 min/day. I'm now familiar with most of the major and minor scales, and I bought a poster that shows all of the most common piano chords and that helps a lot. I've been musical all my life, but only read music at the kindergarten level (or musical equivalent).
I've written many songs over the past 20 years, and I now have the skills to put chords to them, YAY!!! However, I have no sense of Rhythm or style when it comes to playing piano. With guitar, there are certain types of strumming patterns and picking styles like the Travis pick which you can just repeat as you move through the chord progressions, and it makes for a pretty decent accompaniment to lots of folk and singer/songwriter style music. Is there a parallel with the piano? Are there certain patterns that one can learn to fill in the space between chords? Am I even describing this coherently? posted by JanewayJunior at 6:10 AM - 5 answers
I will be going to an upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix but am not very interested in auto racing. Help me hide that fact from the people I'm going with. [more inside] posted by Metro Gnome at 5:42 PM - 26 answers
I'm looking for options to bring event ticketing "in house," to avoid needing to pay a ticketing processing fee on top of the payment processing.
Ideally, this system would also allow for attendees to also register for on site events in advance, ie panels, presentations, and classes.
Suggestions? [more inside] posted by Unsomnambulist at 4:21 PM - 2 answers
My ignorance of science and engineering concepts, procedures, and methods of calculation is holding me back from tackling a whole mess of fun stuff. But what fields am I even interested in, and how can I learn more? Where do I begin? [more inside] posted by rue72 at 1:06 PM - 11 answers
I'm hoping someone can direct me to an online (preferably free) resource that teach position-based hockey fundamentals. Where to be, when to crash or set up behind the net, how to adjust when your teammates go here or there, how to keep the puck moving and create a solid offense. Basically, fundamental positioning and how to run an offense. [more inside] posted by JimBJ9 at 8:36 AM - 5 answers
A friend and I will be visiting Jackson Hole for the first time next weekend, and we're looking to get the most out of our trip. Can anyone recommend where to look for good powder stashes, even several days after the last storm? We're both experts (me on skis, him on a board) and don't mind hiking for powder. We're not equipped for the backcountry so we'll have to stay in bounds, but we'd really like to explore what the resort has to offer.
If you're a Jackson Hole pro, and happen to be in town next weekend, and wouldn't mind serving as a tour guide for some out of towners, send me a message. We're always looking to meet new friends and we'd be happy to repay you in beers at the end of the day! posted by teradude at 6:05 PM - 3 answers
I know, I know a generic question .. but I recently purchased a Nikon D5200. I understand the basics but I am trying to get to the "next level". Any tips? [more inside] posted by harisund at 5:02 PM - 22 answers
Can you give me any helpful info about music festivals, outdoorsy-motorcycle gatherings, hippie get togethers, nerd conventions, and areas where friendly people commune to hang and be merry, centering around a certain activity in Los Angeles and California (maybe even neighboring states). [more inside] posted by DeltaForce at 1:24 PM - 14 answers
A group of friends and I get together every couple of weeks to eat dinner, hang out, and play games. We're looking for some new and fun games, with some... let's not say requirements, but instead desirable qualities. [more inside] posted by buxtonbluecat at 3:17 PM - 41 answers
I would never personally actually bandit a marathon (to bandit is to run a race without having paid the fee to register). Please no comments on whether it's good, bad, or immoral. But for curiosity sake, according to this article in the wall street journal, it's not illegal at all. And if it's not illegal, how can the "bandit catchers" force a bandit off the course? Are there really that many bandits at most marathons? What if a bandit only ran from mile 2 to mile 24? I find everything about this topic interesting. Experiences, and tips are appreciated. posted by crawltopslow at 12:06 PM - 28 answers
Here in New England, there are tons of community theatre organizations of all sizes & quality levels; almost every town has a "Springfield Community Players" or something like that. I can think of dozens within a half hour of my home in MA. A theatre friend has moved to Austin, TX, and can't seem to find any such organizations at all within at least an hour radius. [more inside] posted by jeffjon at 10:04 AM - 9 answers
My poor dad is recovering from an accident, and is stuck in the house during this crazy winter. What are some fun activities to keep him busy while we wait for the snow to melt? [more inside] posted by silverstatue at 7:41 AM - 15 answers
Hi, my friend and I are talking about a two-to-three day backpacking trip around Portland, OR. Let's say within a 100 mile radius of town. The dates would be March 20-23 or so.
So it would be a Wintery trip! I don't know if there are fun safe places to backpack that time of year around here. For many trails, the internet says things like "season starts in mid-July", so I am worried...
We are both young(ish) guys in good shape, so we'd be up for a lot in terms of elevation change and trail length. But we're not looking to, you know, ice climb or anything.
So where should we go? I don't want the answer to be "go to California", but if that's the answer I should know.
Thanks! posted by middlethird at 12:31 PM - 10 answers
We have a pony cart, and are trying to replace the wheels (from 20" to 26"). Can anyone help with part identification and / or suggest next steps? [more inside] posted by needlegrrl at 5:32 AM - 4 answers