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Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Sound off!

I'm looking for free audio files online that could be used for practicing EQ and other processing tools. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

LCSWs, MFTs, Psychologists in Private Practice - how do you do it?

I'm an ASW in San Francisco, planning to have my LCSW by next year. I have many years of mental health experience and my ultimate goal is having my own psychotherapy practice. My mentors who are either LCSW's or MFT's are pretty negative about the state of private practice. Are there any clinicians in the Bay Area or elsewhere with success stories? Any words of advice on where to start? This is unfortunately not something they teach us in grad school. Thanks in advance!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Sep 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Explain this whole "practice interview" thing to me.

If I'm interviewing with companies just for my own benefit -- to practice interviewing, to learn more about what kinds of compensation I might command, even to see what kinds of jobs are out there that might be a good fit for me -- and know early on that I'm not interested in ACTUALLY working for the company, how far into the process can I get without being a total jerk? [more inside]
posted by StockingMarionette on Aug 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Deskilled in the mating game - what now?

I've lived like a nun bar the religion for almost 5 yrs (after a couple of very bad relationship choices) in supposedly my sexual peak. Yeah right. I've worked on myself but I'm still quite gun shy/lack confidence in my own judgement of others (men especially) and pretty much avoid that side of life. So it came as a bit of a surprise when I found myself asking out my course trainer (just a one day thing) for a drink. He said yes :) .. which felt good but what the f happens now? [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Jul 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Tweet me a meditation practice.

I'd like to practice unguided, solitary meditation in a manner that is backed by evidence to have a positive effect on blood pressure, attention span, stress--all the things meditation has been demonstrated to impact. And I don't give a single damn about engaging with why it works, the history of meditation, a theory of body or mind, the history of the person who created it, a community of meditators, or anything else. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Relationship between contemplation and mindfulness

What is the relationship between contemplation and mindfulness? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

What are the interactive options for practicing rhetorical figures?

Reading it, learning it, still crap at it. How might I meet others, to master rhetoric? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang on Dec 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Musical ability and family influence

Musicians, how did your parents' attitudes affect your musical development? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Dec 10, 2013 - 35 answers

Daily writing practice.

I'd like to begin a daily writing practice, to be hosted on a semi-public blog (that is, it's public but not promoted, and not for anyone but myself). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Guitar help for the aimless picker

Give me songs to play my guitar to [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Oct 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Jazz ad lib tool

Know any free tools or software that will play a chord progression for me? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Sep 23, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I best coach my son's Gr. 7/8 school soccer team?

I've decided to help out my son's grade 7/8 soccer team this year as a coach but I have no experience with the game or coaching in a team environment. What can I do to make this fun for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Sep 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for a way to make Japanese language partners in Ohio!

I am visiting home in a suburb close to Cleveland, Ohio and am looking for a way to practice my Japanese with native Japanese speakers - I was living in Japan for a number of years and would like to get back, so I don't want to get rusty. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Sep 20, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I retrain my brain?

After some serious medical issues, a high pressure job where the standard operating procedure is react react react, and throwing over just about all my book reading time for the internet, I am finding that my ability to settle in and think about one topic at a time is totally shot. I am not okay with this. Have you ever experienced this, and if so, what techniques did you use to regain your ability to sink into deep focus? [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Aug 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Parlez-vous francais? No. Not for 13 years.

I graduated high school having been in french immersion and when I graduated I did the testing and I was offically bilingual. Hurray! However, that was over 10 years ago and I have hardly spoken it since I graduated. Now, suddenly, my job wants me to get my french proficiency tested to see if I can satisfy the required language requirements for my branch. (We need to have X# of people able to speak French because a percent of our clients speak french as their first language, and right now we're down a person apparently). Au secours! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Music sets my soul alight. How do I actually make it?

I love music and I want to be a person who makes music, but I haven't been very successful with learning an instrument so far. How do I get out of this rut, or am I barking up the wrong tree? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Jun 30, 2013 - 26 answers

What’s the best way to practice to get good at _____

Take your field, your sport, your hobby, your area of occupation and tell me the best way to become really good at some aspect of it. Don’t hesitate to name some form of practice that is heavily monotonous and laborious if it manages to yield awesome results. I don’t care how tedious it is. All I’m interested in are forms of practice or exercises that do elicit measurable improvements in a person’s ability to complete some task or exhibit some skill. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jun 3, 2013 - 39 answers

Stories about disliked activities becoming loved activities?

Can you point me to specific stories, either your own or else freely available on the web, of times when someone has really disliked an activity at the beginning and found it very difficult or unnatural, but after working at it for a significant amount of time, finally comes to love and excel at it?
posted by shivohum on May 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Advice on what to do before/during an interview to assess my Spanish?

I'm an intermediate Spanish speaker, and I have an interview in a couple days to assess my Spanish level. How can I be as successful as possible, both as far as brushing up/practicing, as well as keeping my nerves under control? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Will anyone care/notice if I lived in a 24 hour music practice space?

I figure if a practice space is open 24 hours it would be hard for the staff to determine if I'm living there or just practicing music alllllll the time. However, I also figure that a 24 hour practice space expects that starving artists will be trying to live there. However however, I also figure that the kinda people running a 24 hour practice space are cool with people living there and are kinda trying to say "shhhhh, don't tell nobody but this is a place where we turn a blind eye to starving artists trying to live here". I just wanna beat on my drum all day. [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 21, 2013 - 32 answers

Where can I find a practice room in northern LA/San Fernando Valley?

I'm going to be in Los Angeles for a couple months for work, and I'm going to be staying with a friend. I'd like to be able to practice my acoustic guitar privately, but I'm having little success finding practice rooms. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Apr 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Hanzi: How to increase patience?

Hello, I am currently studying Chinese. I'd be interested in any advice people could give me with regard to making my Hanzi practice more productive. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jan 19, 2013 - 11 answers

It sucks to have an early January Birthday

I'm looking for suggestions for an indoor golf practice net and mat (sturdy enough for real balls) for a January birthday. [more inside]
posted by mightshould on Dec 20, 2012 - 1 answer

I need to buy or rent a record lathe, please guide me in the right direction.

I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Nov 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Mortgage broker On the Level?

Is my mortgage broker drawing out the process on purpose? Is he getting paid now or is it a commission type business? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Jul 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Qigong for Daily Practice

Please offer encouragement and recommend resources for developing a daily qigong practice. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Jul 3, 2012 - 3 answers

How to get over the golf hump?

You're a single digit handicap. You were more or less a hacker for years and years and years (hitting in the 90s+). How did you get better? I'm sure it means practice-- but how did you approach practice? How did you approach the game? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Is my voice gone, or just severely out of practice?

I didn't sing for eight years, and now I basically can't. Is my voice gone, or just severely out of practice? I'm 22 and female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I get a hold of a brand new Lead21 Phonics Companion or Practice Companion?

Hello, How do I get a hold of a Lead21 Practice Companion or Phonics Companion for my 3rd grader? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Outliers lite: what can I accomplish in 3,000 hours?

I'm freeing up two hours a day in my schedule, and thinking about my mortality. In the next five years I'd like to spend that 3,600 hours to get really good at something in the area of music, art or programming, or some combination thereof. Which areas are most likely to show dramatic improvement with 3,000 hours of practice? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Feb 2, 2012 - 26 answers

Recently switched from digital drumset to acoustic. How do we keep them from being picked up by the vocal mics?

We played for years with V-Drums and just recently switched to acoustic drums. We've found that the cymbals get picked up by the vocal mics and distort or drown out the rest of the mix. How do we prevent that? [more inside]
posted by Alien Parachute Man on Jan 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Learning to jam

Keyboard players: A jam session might be in the cards for me soon. What is the best way for me to pick up a bit of basic skill on a synthesizer/piano? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Dec 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Song-learning playlist!

I am trying to learn a couple of songs really well for an upcoming drag performance. Is there any way to make either itunes or grooveshark(or other online music services) make these songs come up unreasonably often while shuffling through a larger playlist? [more inside]
posted by rosken on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

How to learn social guitar in eight weeks?

I'm going to practice guitar half an hour a day for the next 56 days. I've never played an instrument before, and I'd like to learn basic social guitar. What goals make sense for that timeframe, and how should I practice? [more inside]
posted by jhc on Nov 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Pick an instrument and stick to it!

I love music, but every time I try to take up an instrument I get frustrated with sucking and give up. How do I not do this? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Aug 31, 2011 - 21 answers

My doctor is leaving me. Should I follow?

My doctor is leaving me. Should I follow? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Aug 26, 2011 - 21 answers

Looking for good French reading material online

Seeking some French reading material online. What I am aiming for: blogs with good discussion like mefi, publications with long-form articles such as one might find in the New Yorker or the like, or I don't know, surprise me with something I haven't thought of! [more inside]
posted by marble on Jun 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Doctor recommendation - Huntsville, AL?

Doctor recommendation in Huntsville, AL area. [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Jun 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find a typing-software styled memorization quiz for times tables

I am looking for a quiz program that will interactively help me practice my times tables, rehearsing the answers I get wrong a lot and waiting until I make progress before adding new questions to learn. [more inside]
posted by brenton on May 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Sock it to me, the owl of Minerva.

How do you manage your knowledge? What do you do about the inevitability of losing the skills you don't practice? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Learning languages the smart way

What's the best way to apply the "deliberate practice" philosophy to language learning? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Apr 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Open parking lots for driving practice

Best place to practice driving stick in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Apr 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Art Fundamentals 101 for a quilter

I need Art Fundamentals 101 -- what books should I get? I need to learn more about color (mixing, harmony, schemes), value, composition, and perspective. The trick is that I will not (primarily) be applying what I learn to any particular painting medium but rather to quilt art. What books can help me study me the fundamentals of art? [more inside]
posted by LittleMy on Feb 21, 2011 - 11 answers

En route to zoom

Best place online to find free/cheap Massachusetts DMV's permit test questions and answers for practice? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Feb 17, 2011 - 3 answers

What are good ways to meet Spanish speakers/practice my Spansh?

What are good ways to meet Spanish speakers/practice my Spansh in Washington DC? Also, are there tutors who can help refine an accent? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Jan 21, 2011 - 3 answers

When an architect sits down to say, "this is what architecture should be about."

Help Me Assemble an Architectural Reading List Filter: looking for written works by notable architects which are intended as introductions to or overviews of the 'proper' practice of architecture, as the author sees it. [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Coding Practice

Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Oct 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Making Perfect - sometime before Sept. 1877

"Dr. Hans von Bulow is reported to have said," - and I've seen similar language credited to Paderewski, Rubinstein, Rostropovich, Nureyev, and Louis Armstrong - "'If I stop practice for one day, I notice it in my playing; if I stop two days, my friends notice it; if I stop three days, the public notices it.'" Dwight's Journal of Music, Boston, Sept 1, 1877, p. 84 (v. XXXVII no. 11). Do you know where this was first reported? Or do you have an earlier citation to a different person using comparable language? Perhaps it was in a German publication, which I can't read, but I'd still love to see it.
posted by Dave 9 on Jul 22, 2010 - 3 answers

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