Teaching, Learning, Promoting through the Internet

I use the web every day, but I’m only beginning to learn how powerful it can be. See the video above, where Jane Lui plays a solid original tune. Pretty hard jazz chords, no? Well, you can learn to play Jane’s original tune–from Jane herself. See below:

If you liked Marie Digby’s song in my Marie Digby post, you can also learn to play it from the songwriter herself (at 1:50):

There’s something very communal about writing a song and then teaching people to perform it. It creates a global village far beyond anything Marshall McLuhan would have imagined. What’s great (and communal) about Jane and Marie’s guitar lessons is that they perform it, teach it, and encourage people to post what they’ve learned. The result is that people learn from them and in turn teach others.  For me, it’s amazing to see all the hidden talent out in our community that is no longer hidden.

Sigh. It makes me envious that I’m unskilled in any kind of performance art. When I touch a guitar, it doesn’t sound anything like what these women can produce.  My “music” sends people running in the other direction.  Well, I may not be able to play just by watching youtube, but at least I was able to use the internet to learn how to gut a fish.  That was the extent of my performance art.  🙁

11 thoughts on “Teaching, Learning, Promoting through the Internet

  1. I recently finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. He states that most experts, whether it be music or computer programming need to have spent 10,000 hours to be a leader in their field. He uses the examples of the Beatles and Bill Joy/ Bill Gates.

  2. Gladwell is overrated. For some reason, I really felt inspired to enter that Marie Digby contest. Didn’t even catch the part about what the winner gets; I just want to do a cover of that song…lol.

  3. I wonder if I should put up a podcast on YouTube about how to put a podcast on youtube about blogging and writing. Get that through your head!

  4. Kobukson,

    I guess I don’t feel bad then. I probably did at least 50 hours on guitar–nowhere near 10,000. 10,000 is a lot. I don’t even think I’ve done 10,000 blogging. Maybe not even 10,000 reading. Definitely not 10,000 writing. That’s a lot of hours. If you do something for 3 hours a day, that’s 3,333 days–nine years.


    The winner got that guitar. This dude won:

    If you do that cover, def post it up. You may not have won Marie’s contest, but you can win bigWOWO’s “Say It Again” contest.

  5. The Tipping Point was pretty good. Like a lot of these pop professors, I think he oversimplifies things just so dumb people buy in (there’s a lot of financial potential when selling to dumb people), and I’m guessing that it was probably similar to TP–worthwhile if you get one good idea out of it.

  6. Oh come on now, Jae, are you saying that folks who enjoy Gladwell’s works are dumb? But I see what you mean though. Academic works adapted to pop-cultural user-friendliness, especially in fields like sociology, should be examined with critical skepticism. But I do not think “popularized for the unwashed masses” in and of itself automatically invalidates the ideas contained therein.

  7. Haha, no, I myself enjoyed Tipping Point, and I’m a narcissistic blogger. Gladwell had a lot of great ideas in it, some of which totally make sense. When I read that book, I thought of all the people I know, and it’s true–many do break down into those three groups–connectors, salespeople, and mavens. I liked the book, but I think that there is a tendency in that genre to dumb it down.

    You know, I’m not too proud to admit my biases, and part of my bias comes from Freakonomics. Leavitt pioneered the pop culture professor field. I think I temporarily lost 30 IQ points after reading Freakonomics. “Yeah, it must’ve been abortion that reduces crime rates because look at this coincidence!”

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