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Online or digital adult piano lessons?

I played piano for over 7 years as a child, quit playing (we moved away from the piano), but stayed in choir well into my 20's. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Dec 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Critique my downhill ski kit & tell me how to make the most of it.

New to Colorado, grew up skiing a couple times a year on the east coast, then stopped for a while. Now I have a local season pass. Help me acclimate to skiing out west once a week or so this winter, given my current abilities, gear, budget, and goals. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Nov 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me be a great Primary School substitute teacher!

How do I become a great Primary School sub? I am looking for great lesson ideas that don't take a lot of prep and can be ready on short notice, lessons that work in various age groups, ideas for activities and games, and classroom management ideas... and any other great mefite advice! [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Help for the beginner ballerina.

How can I best prepare for (and get the most out of) ballet as an adult beginner? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Sep 13, 2014 - 10 answers

I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.

The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Online acrylics lessons

I used to be a decent student painter, and I've recently had a yen to start up again, after almost a decade. I've got to restock my supplies and have an okay sense of what I need. But – I'm looking for some mid-level acrylic lessons in either photographic + blog or video format to dive back in. Very basic conceptual stuff not needed (I know color theory, perspective, and all that good stuff), but something that focuses specifically on painting with acrylics, technique, and getting started on new projects would be great. Any ideas?
posted by thirdletter on Jul 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Ski lessons for a 3 year old in Vermont or New Hampshire

My daughter just turned 3 and is ready to learn to downhill ski. We live in Norwich, VT, and can head west to Vermont or east to New Hampshire for beginner lessons. I'm fine sitting and watching while she learns, and we're fine with the lesson being the only reason to make a drive. If we can only choose one place for the first ski lesson, where should we go?
posted by billtron on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Singing lessons in Northern Virginia

Does anyone have recommendations for a voice teacher in the DC area, preferably Northern Virginia? I'm a 58-year old male lead singer in a band. The band does mostly rock and country, with bluegrass and Great American Songbook stuff thrown in for good measure. I'm interested in extending my baritone range (I don't have a head voice or falsetto at all) and increasing power and volume. A couple of years ago I bought Roger Love's Set Your Voice Free, and I practice the vocal exercises daily, but that's the extent of my formal practice.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Autobiographical writing moonlighting as instruction manual

Have you ever read any autobiographical writing that has since helped guide how you make decisions or choose to live your life? Any length is good - particular passages, articles, or even full books. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Oct 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I take lessons from a classical singer if I want to sing folk?

I'm a violinist who wants to learn to sing folk/rock/blues. The problem isn't the notes, but technique: my range is limited and I just don't sound that good. Can I/should I take lessons from a classically trained tenor even though I don't want to sing opera/bel canto?
posted by Busoni on Oct 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Video Violin lessons?

You can learn piano, guitar, and even the ocarina on YouTube. So, are there any good violin lessons out there? I'm looking for anything, but especially beginner violin (from, this is how you hold the bow to "caring for your violin" type videos.) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 11, 2013 - 5 answers

I am looking for ideas in teaching children spanish

I am new to teaching, and will be teaching spanish once a week for one hour to 8 or less children who are in reception and year 1 (4 to 6 years old). Do you have any ideas to what I can do? I have looked online and have some ideas but more are appreciated, I am quite nervous! [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Oct 3, 2013 - 8 answers

What can you learn from a bad breakup?

I was recently left by my partner of 4 years.... after I'd made significant life decisions based on the commitments he made to me. Now I feel like I've learned all these cynical life lessons. What should I take away from this? [special snowflake details inside] [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Sep 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Voila! Looking for charming French cartoons in the US

My husband would like to improve his (very limited) French comprehension by watching cartoons or other children's shows in French with our four-year-old daughter. We have access to Netflix streaming, Amazon prime, Roku, a DVD player etc., and are willing to spend a little $ for something charming that will appeal to adults and children both. [more inside]
posted by nkknkk on Aug 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Introductory sailing lessons in Bar Harbor, Maine?

My extended family will be getting together next week near Bar Harbor, Maine. Several of the youngsters have expressed an interest in learning how, or at least being introduced, to sailing. None of us is familiar with the area. Any recommendations for sailing lessons in the area?
posted by skyscraper on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

A fun way to present language lessons to the birthday girl

I bought my girlfriend language lessons for her birthday. What is a fun way that I can "give" them to her on the actual day. They are lessons with a private tutor in our home over a span of time... the language is Portuguese. I'm trying to come up with a clever way to present them to her on her birthday without being cheesy. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Driving lessons in Chicago?

A relative needs to brush up on Chicago driving; they have a license, so the basics are all there, but they need more practice. Any thoughts on where to get lessons? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me, a mid-twenties licensed adult in NYC, finally learn to drive!

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 - 9 answers

Seeking Advice on Jazz Drumming Lessons for 13 yr old in NoVa

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 - 8 answers

Music teaching with rebellious children

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 - 3 answers

Full-size digital piano or compact (inexpensive) keyboard for kid?

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 - 16 answers

Voice lessons in northeast Ohio?

How can I find a vocal teacher in my area? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Newbie: ski OR snowboard at Windham Mountain

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 - 13 answers

Piano lessons in Somerville/Cambridge/(Boston?)

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 - 4 answers

Where can I find lessons for sword-and-shield fighting in SE PA/NJ

Anybody know of sword-and-board instructors or lessons in the southeast PA/NJ area? [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Jan 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Drum lessons in Cambridge/Somerville(/Boston?)

Does anyone have strong recommendations for a teacher of drums in the Somerville/Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Dec 5, 2012 - 0 answers

What next for web design?

How best can I get on a good track to grow and learn as a web designer? I've been using Codecademy, but I'd like to branch out. [more inside]
posted by mean cheez on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business?

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business? [more inside]
posted by Eradicator! on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Like something from Yoda, but not...

Quote suggestions from science fiction/fantasy books or stories related to teaching? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

The bass is at my place, but now needs to get in YO' FACE

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 - 16 answers

NYC Piano/Synthesizer Lessons?

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 - 2 answers

Commuting by bike - soup to nuts

Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Aug 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Help Me Get My DIY On In The Bay

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 - 9 answers

Need quality driving lessons in Toronto.

Where's a good place for an adult to take driving lessons in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Aug 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Recommended progressive piano studies for adult beginners. which are interesting but easy, eg Bartok’s Mikrokosmos.

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 - 6 answers

Let's not get back problems this young

What non-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 - 21 answers

Guitar 101

I want to learn how to play guitar. I know nothing about guitars. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jun 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Guitar Lessons in Cambridge/Somerville(/Boston?)

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 - 3 answers

How to make my voice project louder and sexier?

How do I get my voice to project louder, naturally? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on May 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Jill of all trades, master of one

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 - 55 answers

Goal: old Patsy Cline songs, off by heart

Lap steel lessons in the Ann Arbor area? [more inside]
posted by finnb on Sep 26, 2011 - 3 answers

So, I lit the fire, isn't it good?

Where can I find Sitar lessons in Dallas, TX?
posted by holdkris99 on Sep 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Piano lessons for my niece

How to find a piano teacher. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Yo quiero entender mas.

Where and how to learn Spanish in Atlanta at a relatively low cost? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Aug 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I learn to dance with a partner in Washington, DC?

Where can I learn to dance with a partner in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Excellent on Jul 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for online tools for guitar practice when away from the guitar

Looking for online tools for guitar practice when away from the guitar [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How to make this long distance relationship work?

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 - 21 answers

Werner Herzog wants his crazy back.

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 - 5 answers

Are there any places offering surfing lessons around Maryland in April?

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 - 1 answer

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