In Thelma Jennings essay, ‘Us Colored Women Had to Go Through A Plenty’: Sexual Exploitation of African-American Slave Women, she uses the slave interviews that the Works Progress Administration collected in the 1930s to highlight the common shared experiences of enslaved women in the Antebellum…
I agree with the statements you posed. Shaw and Jennings both use the WPA in different ways in their pieces. Shaw seeks to look into the different ways that these interviews may have been affected by certain factors. In a certain manner, Jennings does take the information from the WPA as “face value”. Shaw’s idea is to understand the factors that effected the answers given in the interviews, and look into its historical frame and the context that the answers were given in.
While I learned a lot about 12 Years a Slave while researching on Tumblr, I feel that I learned much more about history from reading the novel. Before reading the novel I didn’t feel as though I knew very much about Solomon Northup or his struggles, simply the fact that he was sold into slavery…
I agree with all of what you had to say. It wasn’t really a possibility to find actual information on Northup’s life and his tragic story through tumblr. It only offered a glimpse into the pop culture, the movie, and the people that went to see it.On the other hand, the narrative was absolutely full of information - from feelings to occurrences, dialogue, and so much more. It was such an insight into the tragic story.
When comparing what I took out of the Assignment #1 #12YearsASlave with the reading assignment of Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup as far as learning about the topic, there really is no comparison. They both offered me completley different ideas and perspectives, while reading the narrative offered me an uncountable amount of more information. From the #12YearsASlave hashtag, I was only able to take out a small bit of information. Most of this information consisted of either reviews from random tumblr members, screen shots of the movie, photos of actors and actresses and their dresses at the Golden Globes, or pictures of movie goers and their ticket stubs. After looking through all that the #12YearsASlave hastag had to offer, I was able to figure out the significance of the Golden Globe photos - that the movie had won Best Picture which is an amazing feat. Other than this information and the photos which were quite interesting to scroll through, I didn’t learn much of anything about the life of Northup.
On the other hand, reading the very long and descriptive narrative of Northup offered me countless bits of information about the story of Northup’s life before capture, his capture itself, his awful journey in bondage, and his rescue and how it happend. I was able to access so much more information about the people and occurrences in the life of Northup. His emotions, thoughts, dialogues - just a vast amount of information that was very intriguing. Before reading the narrative or the summaries and other readings of this course, I had a previously learned somewhat of Northup’s story in my HST 202 course last semester. I knew the outline of what he went through. But reading the full narrative (though very long) was incredibly different then just knowing the basics of his story, or even the events. The narrative offered so much more. It was a very interesting read.
The publishing platform has a very large impact on what and how I learned Northup’s story for a few different reasons. One is reliability and credibility of the source. Using social media to gain information on Northup’s story isn’t the most reliable way to learn because anyone can post information. Thus, the information may not be accurate. When reading a newspaper article, a online periodical post, or a video clip (all of which we accessed in the past week that offered information on Northup), the sources become more concise and trustworthy. When it comes to the primary source of information that the narrative offered, there is no comparison to the other sources on credibility. Another difference that the different publishing platforms offer is the type of information and the amount of information on a certain topic. As mentioned above, tumblr only offered me a few specific types of information on Northup (mostly dealing with the Movie), as well as a short amount of accessible links or information. The narrative took me from his life as a free man of color, through his trials in bondage, back to his life after his rescue - with a mass of information within.
All in all, I was able to take receive way more information about Solomon Northup reading his narrative than using social media.
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup: a free black man from New York who is kidnapped and forced into slavery in 1840’s. During his 12 years of captivity he endures beatings, attempted lynchings, witness to murders, and other horrible brutalities. His story is one of pain, heartache,…
Today, I spent a while exploring youtube looking for different videos that teach you how to play a song. Of course, I don’t currently have the skill to learn these songs, BUT it was interesting to hear the lingo and the way that the people in the videos try to teach the viewers how to play. It would take a while for someone to learn a whole song, depending on skill level. I would like to learn a part to one song soon, just a simple part.
After I searched through music I practiced a few of the chords that I have been learning.
Today I broke out the guitar once again and decided to attempt to learn a few other major chords and practice other ones that I’ve learned.
I don’t feel that I have picked up the guitar playing skill yet, even though its been a few weeks now. It takes time! It’s a very tough skill to acquire - especially when teaching yourself. If I were doing this outside of school, maybe in the summer, I would have signed up for personal lessons. I know that you can teach yourself the basics on the internet because I know of more than a few people who have done it. But I think I need some extra help.
Never the less, I learned to play the A Major chord. This is a very tough chord to play because you have squeeze your 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers all into the 2nd fret on the D, G, and B strings. I have a tough time with finger and hand placement so this one was pretty hard for me. But, I think with practice, I could possibly get this one down.
The second artifact that I feel goes with my community is the radio. I will be using this artifact for my writing in class.
The simple radio (also including mp3/ipod connection and a cd player) is a device networks music enthusiasts and musicians. It also allows them to connect. Think about it, musicians aspire to be heard or played through the radio, and music lovers turn to the radio to hear their favorite songs or discover new music.
The connection between musicians and their listeners is created through emotion and feeling that comes through listening to music. Memories are reflected through the emotions that can be felt.
Another idea that connects to my community more is that when one decides to try to play the guitar, they are inspired by the musicians they love and hear through the music that they listen to.
One artifact that I chose to symbolize my topic is a guitar pick. The guitar pick is used in variation by different types of guitarists. It is a small instument used to pluck or strum guitars. I feel that this symbolizes my topic pretty well because of the fact that so many guitarists use it, and when one pictures a guitar it is very common to associate a pick with it.
The pick comes in a few different variations. It can be hard, - meaning stronger and thicker, soft - meaning weaker and less thick, and a few other strengths in between. It comes in different materials as well, for example plastic, felt, rubber, nylon, tortoise shell, wood, metal, and stone. There are also different shapes.
The pick is important to my community because it can symbolize how a person plays the guitar. Even if a person does not use a pick, they would know that the pick is important to playing the guitar. It is one symbol that can represent the larger community of guitar players.
As I read through this weeks required or special blog posts and saw that I would have to find a controversy dealing with my topic, it hit me that this may be a hard task. I searched the internet and other places to find something, anything that might go with a controversy dealing with learning to play the guitar or the guitar in general. I was not wrong when I guessed that it would be hard to find.
I found a controversy dealing with the Gibson Guitar Cooperation - and I’m sure it has also occurred to other giant manufacturers of different types of guitars. Gibson Guitars actually began in Kalamazoo, MI in 1894, but moved to Nashville, TN. They make many different types of guitars, from electric to acoustic and bass.
Gibson has had a few different controversies when they sued two different companies for selling unauthorized copies of their guitars. The two companies were manufacturing different guitars that embodied a very very similar style to that of a gibson guitar. Gibson sought legal action against the two companies on the grounds of that the companies made guitars too similar to their own.
Gibson was also under investigation in 2007 and 2011 for having guitar material deemed endangered and illegal and violating materials made illegal by the “Lacey Act” which contains regulations about illegal wildlife that is transported or sold.
The two examples here show a guitar company which had a situation where they had to take legal action and one where they had legal action taken against them, and is associated with my community in a certain way - though I don’t believe that it has affected a great number of the guitar playing or music communities.
This post is on the special blog post idea about reading a memoir or an account of someone with a literacy related to my topic (http://www.helium.com/items/615636-testimonies-learning-to-play-the-guitar?page=2). This man had previously learned to play the guitar. He offered tips for beginners and a lot of insight on good techniques and such to help someone who is trying to learn to play guitar. I enjoyed the parts where he had steps to go through. The steps offered both mental ideas and physical things to do when first learning. The way he wrote was pretty informal, which offered an easy read as well as a good connection to what he was saying. It seemed conversational. The article/memoir offered a lot of good information.
Today, I practiced for a while. I learned a few new chords and also revisited ones that I learned earlier. It really is not coming so easy to me. Still, my hand positioning is affecting how the guitar sounds when I strum sometimes, so I still need to work on that a bit. I am making improvements in remembering the chords that I am learning. It would be so cool to be a pro guitarist and be really good. It’s a great skill to have because I would like to be able to play for pleasure when I am bored or for my friends and family on different occasions. I am going to continue to progress, and we will see how far I get within the 30 days which I will have spent learning. Have a fun weekend!
I decided to look into things that one should know when first learning to play the guitar. I gained a lot of insight on ideas and practices that are usually best when first learning to play the guitar.
It is known that the acoustic guitar is the best starting guitar to learn - preferably one with nylon strings because the metal strings are said to injure fingers of beginners. I have a metal one, and it’s not too bad, though it does hurt.
Knowing parts of the guitar is important, as well as knowing how to take care of ones guitar.
Another very important key is knowing how to hold and control your guitar. I need some work on that because I don’t have the best posture and guitar holding skills that are needed when I play. Here is what this website says is the correct positioning for holding an acoustic:
“The classical posture where the left leg is raised by setting it on an object while seated is the most suggested position for beginners. The bigger curve of the body of the guitar is secured in your inner thighs. For right-handed players, the left hand will operate the fingerboard while the right hand strums or plucks the strings.”
Lastly, it is important to learn chords and to be able to read tabs. Tabs are finger positioning on the fingerboard (As I said in a prior post, the open chords are E, A, D, G, B, E).
I made the decision to look into the history of the acoustic guitar today. I was not aware that the Acoustic guitar has been around for more than 5,000 years! Thats a very long time! The acoustic guitar has been forever evolving and changing since it was first invented.
During the medieval times, an acoustic guitar model would be smaller versions of what we know today, having anywhere between 3 and 5 strings. The main parts of the guitars were separated into two different groups: Guitarra Latina and the Guitarra Morisca.
In the Middle Ages, the guitar was not very popular as it was overshadowed by other instruments that better fit the musical interest of the time. Nonetheless, in the Renaissance period the guitar developed more prominent and popular instrument. The first six string guitar was created in 1779 in Italy by Geatano Vinaccia.
Antonio de Torres Jurado fathered what is known today as the classical guitar by making key changes as well as changes to the body that changed the pitches and flow of the sounds.
It is a common misconception that the Classical Guitar and Acoustic Guitar are on in the same. They, in fact, are not. I was not aware of this until reading today. There are many differences. The fact that the acoustic guitar uses steel strings and the classical guitar uses nylon strings is one of the biggest. The acoustic is louder and the two create different ranges of sound.
The next and last big development in the history of the acoustic guitar is the creation of the electric acoustic, which can be plugged into an amplifier for more volume.
I chose to look into a certain style of the guitar today instead of doing something very normal. I looked into the blues. I watched a few videos and read an article on this type of music. They were quite interesting. The blues is a great genre to express emotion and feeling. I have never listened to much Blues before. The videos and article can be found here:
Today I am writing about the other “Special Blog Post” for this week. One less traditional form of reading that goes with my topic of learning to play guitar is not reading words, but reading sheet words or music. Now, I attempted this type of reading but it was quite difficult because I don’t really know any notes yet. This is a great video to learn how to read sheet music: http://www.guitarlessons.com/guitar-lessons/guitar-theory-ear-training-and-reading/how-to-read-sheet-music/.
It didn’t really resinate with me because I am such a beginer. Hopefully one day I will be able to read the sheet music. It would take me a while to master this skill though.
This post is in response to the “Special blog posts” part of the assignment. I found a blog that is similar to my topic and use RAIDS to analyze the blog posts. The blog that i found is called “Learning How to Play the Guitar Blog”. The link can be found here: http://learntoplayguitarblog.com/
Revision: The author is trying to inspire ideas for his audience who is obviously wanting to learn how to play the guitar. He posts a lot about the art of learning to play the guitar and the best ways to go about it, such as the best places to learn, the best online lessons, and other tips. He seems like he is very motivated to help people learn to play the guitar.
Arrangement: His ideas seem to be organized in a way that helps the reader through the posts. He seems to go into detail about one certain part of the post, then bring up another idea. His style of writing doesn’t seem to vary.
Invention: The author had to engage in research in order to create the posts - especially about the best places to learn and the best online lessons. He also has alot of knowledge from first hand since he himself is a guitar enthusiast and plays the guitar.
Delivery: The text is delivered online in blog posts. The context effects how the audiences will read this by making the information readily available whenever a reader chooses. This creates a very laid back sort of following of the blog, as well as a great way to get information on learning to play the guitar.
Style: His style is informal. I like reading his posts because the way he writes is very interesting and relatable. Its almost as tho he is actually speaking, which is a style that usually appeals to me.
All of the chords I learned are “open” chords, meaning that they are in the first position and also that when you play the chord, there will be one open string. These chords, along with the two minor chords, are very important to learn because of the fact that they are the foundation of the chords that will be learned later on. The major chords are C, A, G, E, and D. Each of the chords are changed by finger positioning on the neck and also by which strings that are strum.
I need to find some more time to practice, otherwise it will be hard to learn by the end of the 30 days. I’s like to know more than just the basics. Hopefully I will keep progressing. Have a fun weekend!
Today, I decided to learn all that I could about the parts to the acoustic guitar. I also practiced for a while. There were a few videos that taught me about the parts. One can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs5RjfUDRmM&feature=bf_next&list=SP308001EEAAC80A6A&lf=list_related
It is a good thing to know the parts for hand placement. I learned about the strings, fret, headstock, post, nut, soundhole, body pick guard, bridge and a few other things. Here is a great picture of all the parts to the acoustic guitar.
Today, I continued with a couple more videos in the same location as yesterday. I learned a few over things about rhythm, but it was very very basic stuff, so I searched elsewhere. I came upon a site by the name of guitarlessons.com (you couldn’t have guessed it). There, I found a few videos to watch.
From one of the videos, I learned the names of the guitar strings. From the top to bottom, the names go “E”, “A”, “D”, “G”, “B”, “E”. There is a good and easy way to remember the string progression: “Eat All Day, Go to Bed Early”. Not only does the acronym help, it is also a good life lesson. Haha. But, hopefully this will help me in the future.
I also watched another video on this site and started to learn to play a couple things. I attempted to learn two chords called D and G minor. I would be lying if I said it was really easy. It’s really pretty basic stuff so I was hoping that it would be. When I play it sounds messed up because my fingers get in the way.
In all honesty, this is going to harder than I thought. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I hoped I would pick it up. I would really like to be decently good at playing the guitar. I think it would be fun. But hey, I just started ha. We will see how it continues. Either way, I’m learning. And I’m excited to keep learning. Take care. Peace.
Today is the first official day of me learning to play the guitar. Yesterday, my RA Kyler offered to let me use his acoustic guitar for the 30 days that I will be learning for this class, which is very cool. As I thought about the most convenient way to go about learning to play, I realized that lessons with an actual instructor daily may not be right for me. So, I began to look on the internet for lessons. After searching for a while, I found a youtube instructor that I felt that I could learn well from. The link to where I began is here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndg0sJ2dXUM What I learned today was very basic, but good for my knowledge and skill level since I have never played guitar before. I started learning the 6 strings and the fret spaces, as well as a few chords. I am going to need a lot more practice time, but I hopefully will keep progressing over this next 30 days.
My name is Jordan Medellin and I am a Freshman at Michigan State University. In my WRA150 course we are doing an assignment in which we must take something that we want to learn and learn about it every day for 30 days, using tumblr to document what and how we learn. I have chosen to learn how to play the guitar - something in which I have always wanted to do but never actually committed to. Hopefully by the end of this I’ll be able to know the basics and a few songs, and maybe it’ll get me a few ladies. Haha. Let’s do this.