Automatic Control of ChordsWritten by Ron Worthy
LEARN HOW TO PRACTICE FOR A THREE-WAY (AUTOMATIC) CONTROL OF CHORDS
CORRECT PRACTICE IS INDISPENSABLE!
Your success or failure at keyboard may well hinge on how quickly and accurately you can memorize a new chord. To be really efficient at this you must use your eyes, your ears, and muscles of your hands. You must learn a chord so that you can recognize and play that chord next day without hesitation. Let me explain how to practice to gain this three-way control.
VISUAL CONTROL - After playing a chord, take your hands off keyboard. Then return to chord remembering visually where fingers were positioned. Notice particularly pattern that was formed by black and white keys and location of melody and root notes. (No two chords look exactly alike.) Repeat this procedure at least four or five times to learn a chord visually. And, as you are playing chord, say its name OUT LOUD. You must associate name of chord with actual notes you are playing, if chord symbol is to have any real meaning later on.
How Open Learning has had a Great Affect on my LifeWritten by Elizabeth Hewet
Elizabeth Hewet - English Literature Diploma
When my children started to get to age that they were spending more time with their friends, and my husband was at work each day, I realised that I had more time on my hands than I needed. It was also around this time that I realised that literature that I was reading, and by most part literature I could find in local shops pretty much had all same plots. I was getting bored of novels that tried entertaining with mysteries that weren't so clever, twists in court cases that were easy to work out by second page, and woman telling me that I clearly couldn't fit in if my wardrobe didn't offer at least twenty pairs of worshipped shoes! I wasn't terribly worried about how my body parts looked in my clothes which seems to be a running theme in most novels, as long as I looked tidy and presentable, and I had no use for small romances that always turn out alright in end. I clearly had lost any interest in escaping to these places and wondered if there was something more to look forward to.
I wondered about book shops and always went straight past 'classics' aisles, deciding that they were too difficult for me, and thought that reading one of 'those' books wouldn't be an escape, but difficult. For a long while I left shops empty handed until I couldn't stand newspapers anymore. They certainly were not an escape! I had to do something drastic, and my saviour came in shape of distance learning. I enrolled on an English Literature diploma which is done through open learning and distance learning with Oxford College ODL. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to do it, and simply picking up course scared me at beginning. I couldn't believe that after so much time away from learning, I could actually grasp something that I had been scared of almost all my life, but I slowly started reading through material, and writing my first assignment. My tutor was very encouraging, and had I not had her support, I probably would have never believed that I could complete such a diploma, but I have.