Help me learn to drive! What's a good driving school or private instructor in NYC for a mid-twenties guy who's never been comfortable driving? I have the next 10-15 days and $500 to get as many hours behind the wheel as possible. [more inside]
posted by yaymukund
on Apr 26, 2013 -
My 13 year old son has expressed an interest in learning to play jazz drums. While I'm thrilled that he's showing an interest in such an accomplished and challenging field, I have no idea how to proceed. Should he take lessons or just pick up some stix and put on some Gene Krupa? If lessons are the way to start, how do I find someone who can give him what he's going to need? The teachers in my area all seem to be self-taught rockers, making it difficult to know if they're worth the commitment. Is there a way to identify a good drum teacher? All advice is appreciated.
posted by Jamesonian
on Apr 1, 2013 -
You are a music teacher who knows how to make lessons fun and involving for a young person in a rebellious frame of mind. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness
on Mar 4, 2013 -
My young daughter (kindergarten) will be starting piano lessons soon, and the teacher wants us to buy an 88 key digital piano with weighted keys - that seems to be about $500 minimum. However we're not sure the lessons will stick, and as a bonus we are space-challenged in our small house. For about $160 we could get something that is still big but not 88 key big, touch-sensitive keys instead of weighted keys (i.e. Yamaha NP11, open to other recommendations). We are piano ignorant, so don't know how to judge the trade-off. Should we suck it up and buy the big boy, or will it not matter at this stage of learning?
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I'm going to get lessons to ski or snowboard for my very first time. This will be at Windham Mountain
Either looks like fun. If I have to pick one for my first outing on this mountain, and with this mountain's beginner classes, and this season's snow, which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by zippy
on Jan 15, 2013 -
Dear Hive Mind! I have succeeded at finding guitar lessons and failed at finding drum lessons in this area here before, so let's try a third instrument: I want to learn piano in the Somerville area. I love both classical and jazz. Somerville is best, the T is fine, I can car if necessary. I am a rank beginner; more on that below. [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark
on Jan 14, 2013 -
Anybody know of sword-and-board instructors or lessons in the southeast PA/NJ area? [more inside]
posted by Strudel
on Jan 1, 2013 -
Does anyone have strong recommendations for a teacher of drums in the Somerville/Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark
on Dec 5, 2012 -
I bought a bass! Can you recommend any specific online tutorials / resources (e.g., on the youtubes) to learn to play the thing? I already play guitar. Bonus: I like Britpop. What are some fun Britpop songs to play on the bass? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Sep 19, 2012 -
Hi, I'm a (somewhat) experienced piano/synthesizer player interested in taking lessons in New York City. I took about 4 years of classical training in piano, violin, and voice when I was in high school, but I'm looking to grow my skillset as a musician. I'm looking for a piano teacher in Manhattan or Brooklyn who would be comfortable with teaching synth lessons. Can anyone recommend a good piano (or synth) teacher in NYC?
posted by shotintoeternity
on Sep 19, 2012 -
I just moved back to the Bay Area and am trying to get my DIY on again. Please recommend resources and spaces for ceramics, knitting, and sewing lessons/classes/circles in the East Bay or SF. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Aug 23, 2012 -
Recommended progressive piano studies for adult beginners. which are interesting but easy, eg Bartok’s Mikrokosmos.
I have been learning how to play piano for a couple of months, practicing around an hour a day. Until recently I have been resigned to playing kids method books, grade 1 ABRSM pieces, scale books and adult all in one tuition books which are too heavy on folk tunes and blues for my liking.
But then I stumbled upon Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, which is a set of progressive studies, from complete beginner up. The studies are interesting, melodic, discordant, emotional, jazzy. Perfect. I am hungry more just like it. Is there such a thing as a contemporary set of progressive of studies for complete beginners, which are melodically interesting. Or am I cutting corners?
posted by choppyes
on Jul 8, 2012 -
-computer based activities can I use to teach video game development to 10-12 year olds? [more inside]
posted by atlantica
on Jun 6, 2012 -
I have a friend who's looking to learn (rock) guitar. Any firsthand recommendations for teachers in the Somerville/Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark
on May 14, 2012 -
What kind of activities can I put my daughters in that, if pursued to a certain end, have the potential to end up on a resume? Example: “ability to swim” is not something you’d put on a resume. But “Certified Lifeguard” is. [more inside]
posted by yawper
on Nov 4, 2011 -
Long distance relationship: How can we make it work? How can we work it out so that we both feel fulfilled? [more inside]
posted by thegmann
on May 29, 2011 -
In Lessons Of Darkness by Werner Herzog, why do the oil well firefighters send lit torches into non-burning wells at the end? [more inside]
posted by sully75
on May 20, 2011 -
Are there any places offering surfing lessons around Maryland in April?
I just booked a trip to Hawaii, and would love to take a lesson or two before I head out there.
posted by PlayWithFire
on Apr 8, 2011 -
I live in New York and I want to learn to play chess. Can anyone recommend somewhere I can get lessons? General tips on learning to play would be great too. [more inside]
posted by SpaceWarp13
on Mar 27, 2011 -
Ski lessons! Help him take full advantage of a one-hour private lesson with a pro. His previous attempt at skiing went badly... Read on. [more inside]
posted by Opal
on Mar 24, 2011 -
How hard is it to learn to sew? Also looking for your favorite sewing resources (books, blogs, fabric & supply websites, etc). [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Mar 6, 2011 -
Private music teachers! What are your experiences offering group lessons? Trying to make more money on a per-hour basis. [more inside]
posted by agnielson
on Mar 3, 2011 -
Loaned a friend a smart phone and very soon afterward he dropped it in water. Help me to beanplate how to get over feeling irritated at my friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 23, 2010 -
What did you have to learn the hard way that you wish someone had just taught you about? Or what do you think adolescents should be taught, either in school or by their parents, that they aren't?
An example would be basic personal finance (i.e., how not to get into bad debt). Another would be workplace & job interview etiquette. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin
on Nov 2, 2010 -
What steps can I take to reduce the risk of, or prepare myself for, common disasters in life? The first time my hard drive crashed, I learned to back up my data regularly; when a friend's dad had a heart attack when I was younger, I learned how to eat healthily and exercise; it took a root canal for me to realise that brushing my teeth isn't enough. I've also learned the hard way that just because a young woman asks you out, doesn't mean that you can skip the step where you ask, "Hey, uh, you don't have a boyfriend, do you?"
I'd like to learn more of these vital lessons without having to go through the disaster part first. Have you learned things from surviving a disaster, that you can pass on? I'm most interested in things that happen to nearly everyone: having a hard drive crash, losing your parents, stuff like that, but if there are other things I should know, I'd like to hear those, too. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem
on Oct 7, 2010 -
I want to learn piano to the extent of being able to play like, some pop/rock songs and stuff from fake books. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by capnsue
on Sep 9, 2010 -
DanceFilter: Help me learn how to dance from the comfort of home. What are some of your favorite dance tutorials / dances to imitate ?
posted by MechEng
on Aug 13, 2010 -
You are learning HTML on the internet via a set of instructional videos. What do you expect to be taught? How do you expect to be taught it? What useless things do you hope will be left out? What great things do you hope are included? [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Aug 9, 2010 -