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See those white spots on my fingers? Skin peeling off. That’s a good sign for a guitar practitioner. It’s a sign I’ve been practicing.

When I started learning guitar, just before college, and was practicing regularly it started same, then it gets harder and blackish as one keeps playing with the strings regularly.

It’s a feeling, a sign, I had been missing since few years. It’s time to prioritize the activities and do more of what you love.

An inspired lesson from a nice conversation with Mike Cottmeyer (@mcottmeyer) in March. Better late than never.

Practice, Practice.. More Practice!

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Music

 

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Abhijeet Deshmukh (@_abhijeet_d) and I are more than childhood friends, we’re family. We’ve grown up together – shared our success, fears, crushes, tears, lunch boxes and stayed up late night studying together.

We were each other’s worst enemies in sports – cricket and table tennis – and we were the nightmare for others when we teamed up. He has been the brighter one for most of the things, except when I beat him in cricket, round the legs – one of the 5 victims of 6 balls (pitches) in an over. (Yes, you read that right).

Music was another thing that brought us together. So, when he joined the guitar class, he talked me into joining it too (Till date I still feel I want to learn drums). After we completed our apartment move, I found recently on one of my old cassettes lying in “what’s that stuff box”. Played it and found there are so many memories recorded in it!

Memories should be cherished, forever – and this one for me is a precious one. So, I used “Audacity” to convert the track into digital format.

Setting:

This recording was done at my home in Nagpur, India via a simple microphone and recorded using a very old tape recorder/cassette recorder we had in our home (or was that the music system?). Mic was placed on a wooden stool/table between Abhijeet and me. Abhijeet was on the lead, I was on rhythm guitar.

I had a acoustic, Givson guitar. Abhijeet might have had a Hobner.

Note: It’s not a very clear recording and sounds distorted. That’s the way I could record/revive it.

Special thanks to: @jitterted (Ted Young) for suggesting SoundCloud option.

I hope it works! 🙂 Herez the recording: Sharing an experiment from past (Guitar recording)

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Music

 

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Agile & Music: Suggestion for an experiment

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Who doesn’t love music? We all have different choices, tastes – but we all listen and have our favorites. I like listening to variety of music and play guitar (Disclaimer: I am not a music major or a pro).

There’s been this one thing on my mind since a long time and could not resist this post when I saw David Bland’s tweet about “Kanban-Agile Jazz“. [Don’t forget to check out the trackback link at the bottom of that article by Olaf Lewitz].

I have observed one strange coincidence when I met, read about and researched some famous agilists. Many of them play guitar (or a music instrument.

To name a few (on twitter): @mcottmeyer, @howardsublett, @dennisstevens (if I am not wrong), Dave Minor, @darianrashid (drums) and the list goes on..(you get the point).

Most importantly, the experiment that I have in mind is on the lines of what Olaf mentioned in his post:

  1. In next agile (or scrum or kanban or XP) get-together event, invite the attendees WITH their instruments
  2. Ask the attendees at the gathering to form a band by choosing among themselves
  3. Create a tune or select a song of their choice
  4. Practice for a few times and then
  5. Present for few minutes in front of the get-together audience

Yep, you’re thinking right; something like the “YouTube Symphony Orchestra” on a very small-scale.

Why do this?

  1. Fun & Entertainment
  2. Interactive and engaging
  3. Something different/Innovative than just doing “hands-on” sessions, open space, games
  4. Displaying agile principles/values: Collaboration, Self-organizing teams, Improvisation, Iterating, Practicing and Delivering

 

Jazz

As you can see from Olaf’s “White Night..” post few passionate people have used the Jazz experiment to get their point across to the audience about improvisation. After all, people get-together to discuss what they are passionate about (agility) and in that people form  small groups, get engaged in discussing topics of their interest. If people don’t find the topic interesting they use the “law of two feet” from open space in search of discussion that engages them.

So, why not meet with like-minded music (agile) enthusiasts at such events and jam?

Note of caution: Please make sure you don’t get lost in music so much that you forget the main purpose of being at the (agile) event 🙂


 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Agile, Music, Musings

 
 
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