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I am a Zimbabwean who is a permanent resident of New Zealand after coming to New Zealand in July 2007. I am currently (in 2011) studying for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree at Otago Polytechnic (second year), Wintec Avalon Drive Campus in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Participation in Occupation 2: Sixth (and last) Posting - enjoying my guitar and ambience

In class last week, we were divided into groups based on our chosen activities. My guitar playing was classed under the framework of PLAY. I will here refer to the first year 'Adaptive Living Occupation BT 127001' Moodle notes on the subject of PLAY under GAMES whose first part states that "Play is more than a mere physiological phenomenon or a physiological reflex. It goes beyond the confines of purely physical or purely biological activity." There is sense and something 'at play' with play which imparts meaning to it.

With reference to my chosen activity of playing the guitar, these same Moodle notes go on to say that "Play is easily recognised but not easily defined...it takes many forms (including games, performing instrumental music, drama and theatrical performances). It is difficult to say exactly what it is. As indicated in the quote above...takes a cultural view of play and links it with the arts, drama, ritual, feasts and other cultural performances."

Playing the ukulele (small guitar) out in the country, enjoying nature's serenity


I also visited Raglan beach with my family and we had 2 guitars that we played just like the guy in the video below.



Ferguson, Manser & Pickering (2000, p. 26) defines ambience as "...atmosphere, surroundings, environment, setting, milieu, aura, mood, feeling, vibes, tenor, spirit."

When I am playing my guitar, this ambience may be determined and conveyed by the mood and feelings I have myself. This may also be determined by the mood in the atmosphere in a room, venue, geographical area etc. If I play and strum my guitar aggressively like a heavy metal music guitarist, I produce a euphoric mood or atmosphere which would be the opposite of what I would achieve playing a laid back jazz or country folk song on the same guitar. A good example is the way the great song 'Candle in the wind' by Sir Elton John emotionally affected the whole world during Princess Diana's funeral. Even now, long after that funeral, just strumming that song on the guitar brings sorrowful tears to many.

Record of comments that I posted on the blogs of 4 other students

Izabella Circa: I commented on her last posting titled ‘End of story’ that she posted on the 5th of October 2011.

Cara Tate: I commented on her third posting entitled ‘Affordances’ that she posted on the 12th of October 2011.

Anna Foster: I commented on her first posting on the 8th of September 2011.

Heather Lowen: I commented on her ‘Affordances Part 2’ posting on the 18th of October 2011.

NOTE: I have also posted comments onto various other student blogs, namely, Nancy, Chloe, Lisa, Divika, Amanda, and Victoria Aguelera.

NOTE: I have tried unsuccessfully to hang indent my reference list below in 'Blogger.'


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