first_imgIn the ever-evolving world of technology, anything is possible. Now, you can even fulfill your own dreams of playing an instrument using an app called Yousician, free for iOS and Android users. According to the company, “We were all born musical” so if you ever felt interested in learning piano, guitar, ukulele or bass, now is your chance.The app teaches you basic techniques and musical notation. By “presenting a challenge and then listening as you try to play in real life. When you complete each learning challenge, the app unlocks another, more difficult one,” explains the NY Times.By combining videos hints, interactive graphics, and spoken instructions, Yousician teaches users the basic knowledge needed to play the available instruments.Right now, Yousician can teach piano, guitar, ukulele or bass, and we imagine that more instruments will be added to the fold soon. So take out that bass you have but never learned to play, download Yousician for free, and learn how to slap along to your favorite songs in no time!Check it out:A few other apps that the NY Times mentions that are great tools for learning are Simply Piano on iOS (download here) and Perfect Piano on Android (download here) for piano lessons, Uberchord for learning guitar (download here for iOS), and SingTrue, and iOS singing tutor (download here).The future is here!last_img read more

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This weekend I was home visiting family for Easter and I had a nice conversation with my dad about what I actually do for a living. He’s always had a general idea of course, but he didn’t know a lot of details. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though, as it is a bit complicated. In fact, it’s probably likely that others in your credit union don’t have a clear understanding of all the activities you do on a daily basis to protect the institution. Hopefully, they at least understand how compliance impacts their individual roles, and the procedures they need to follow in order to remain in compliance.My dad asked me how a person develops a skill in compliance (I’m not sure if he meant “a person,” or if he was asking how his own farm-raised, dirt bike racing, goofball of a son developed this skill). I had to think about my response a bit. It’s actually an interesting mix of research and personal experience. The most successful compliance officers have a good mix of each. A thorough understanding of the regulations isn’t necessarily that helpful if there is a lack of operational understanding. And, the ability to assist with an audit only accomplishes so much, if there is an inability to implement corrective action for any findings.But, one of the more complex pieces of this recipe is the amount of change one encounters in the field of compliance. Change is most definitely a constant in our chosen profession. The credit union’s products change, staff turns over, new rules are written and old rules are revised. Change is initiated internally, or externally based upon economic conditions, or even a new government administration. continue reading »last_img read more