In my last blog post I introduced my Learning Project for EC&I 831. The basic idea of a Learning Project is to pick something that you would like to learn, (it could be to learn a new skill or to learn about a new topic of interest to you), and then learn said skill or topic and document the way in which you learned and of course your progress. For my Learning Project I chose to learn the song “Blackbird” by The Beatles. I have been playing guitar for about 18 years now but “Blackbird” is a song that I have always wanted to learn and never took the time to try. The difficulty of the song is definitely out of my comfort zone but I wanted to challenge myself and learn this classic guitar song.
On Monday, November 18, I watched a couple YouTube video’s and learned the basics of the song. I practiced for a couple hours and recorded my first attempt. In this first recording I only played guitar and didn’t sing. Here is my first attempt to play “Blackbird” from that first night.
Yikes! That is hard to watch! Since that night I have been practicing a lot and I also learned the lyrics so that I can both sing and play. I also watched and played along with another YouTube video that has an original recording and the lyrics. (I would share that video but apparently it was recently taken down because of copyright infringements). So after a lot of practice, and learning the lyrics, here is my latest attempt at playing “Blackbird” which I filmed last night on Tuesday, November 26th. Enjoy!
I have to admit that when I first decided to learn this song in such a short time, (about two weeks), I wasn’t sure that I would be able to pull it off and as a result I have been playing my guitar more in the last week or so than I have in probably the last year! Even though it has been a little scary, I am enjoying the challenge. I think that often we get very complacent in our daily lives and don’t always challenge ourselves and get out of our comfort zones. This Learning Project has reminded me that we have to challenge ourselves if we ever want to grow. This is true in all aspects of our lives, both personal and professional. Sometimes we have to push ourselves or have someone else give us a little nudge in order to see things in a different light or to simply light a fire under our butts! So don’t be afraid to try something new or take on a new challenge. You might be surprised at how rewarding it can be! And as I said in the title, getting out of your comfort zone can be good for your soul!
What have you done lately that is a little scary or out of your comfort zone? It doesn’t have to be something big like jumping out of a plane, it could be something small like trying a new technology or singing karaoke! Let me know, I would love to hear about it!