I have been set a challenge by Ewan McIntosh (www.notosh.com). I was set the challenge during a networking day with fellow Creative Agents who all have the privilege of working within the Creative Partnerships programme http://www.creative-partnerships.com. The day was to discuss virtual networking and how we can use social media to support each other, share good practice and also to discuss how we can work with our schools to develop this too.
I was ‘sent’ by my area delivery organisation as I have only had a mobile phone for 5 years, a computer for 3, and use facebook – but only to play scrabble!
So………… the 100 hour challenge……
Pick something about which you are passionate, which you have a deep desire to learn or to achieve yourself. It can be related to work or totally personal. Ideally it’s something you will share with the wider world. Practice, read up on, share your knowledge on your chosen challenge for at least one hour a day, every day, for 100 days.
I took my time to decide what I was going to do. I am inherently lazy and wanted to choose something that I knew I would/could do. I used ‘social networking’ to ask for advice……. my facebook status!!! Suggestions were….
take up fencing (Thanks Sarah J)
rock climbing (thanks Jo W)
General relativity – try the series of Stanford Uni lectures on YouTube (thanks, I think, John G)
I am a classically trained musician. I can play piano, clarinet, sax. I can pick up most wind instruments and become competent very quickly. The guitar has always flummoxed me though, so………….. bass guitar it is.
Since putting up my facebook status, I have been lent a mini bass guitar (I think there is a more correct technical term for it!) and an amp. I decided to start my 100 hour challenge today, but unfortunately I had one very important factor missing – a lead!!! There’s me thinking I had planned this well…..
So……….. I have learned the tuning of a standard bass guitar, I’ve played around with it (minus much sound of any kind due to lack of amplification), done a few scales and played around with a few well known riffs, my favourite so far which is beautifully easy – intro to Rock Lobster – B52’s!
My 100 hour challenge is proving quite interesting already – I have been helped out by friends, have investigated more things I may want to do, I am inspired to actually do this
because I have no lead and after only 15 minutes of playing the bass, my fingers hurt, so……… part of this 100 hour challenge will also be to explore the use of blogging to support my challenge….
Double whammy………. here endeth my first blog!
Rachel (AKA cuffufle)