Music's Greatest Lesson?
The Value of "Every Day Effort"
There are many studies extolling the virtues of music.
It helps develop a child's brain,
it improves hand-eye coordination,
it forestalls Alzheimer's;
but I think the greatest benefit of music is that it fosters an "every day effort" mindset.
In this day of montages in movies and a desire for instant fame and fortune, nothing is more important than developing the true key to success;
every day effort
I'm not a world class flute, piano, or guitar player. In fact I'm rather ordinary, but I play every day.
At 8:00 a.m., I turn off my cell, pop on my headphones and play. I don't have any other criteria than that. I don't worry about how long I play, what I play, what instrument I play, and generally, have no goal in mind.
Some days it's horrible.
Some days I don't play for very long.
Some days I end up fiddling with electronic gadgets and do very little actual playing.
Occasionally, I have a great day, but more times than not, it's just an unremarkable day.
Unfortunately this "every day effort" mindset runs counter to the "lottery" thinking that pervades our society. So many people give up on music because they are not instantly great like this montage in August Rush
Thanks to movies and TV, we get used to the idea that long and tedious tasks can be accomplished by magic. Because this is unrealistic, as we try and learn something we invariably lose our way.
At some point you ask yourself,
* "Is there any point to this?"
* "I'm getting nowhere, should I give up?"
* "This is hard. Is it this hard for everybody?"
and worst of all
* "Isn't there a quicker way?"
Cue the dramatic music and enter the purveyors of the quick and magic solutions.
We've all seen these hucksters:
- "Make millions with no investment, time, or effort."
- "Buy a house with no money down, even if you don't have a job."
- "Lose weight in days with this pill."
- "Learn the computer in one seminar."
- "Find your perfect mate by calling this toll free number."
- "Learn a musical instrument in an hour.
After watching Rocky run up a few stairs to some inspirational music, then skip a bit of rope, only to become world boxing champion a few scenes later, these quick and easy solutions don't seem so far-fetched.
We all know, logically, that if we want to be the world boxing champion we have to train every day, for years, but we've been so inundated with the message that everything is instant and easy, that we've lost the ability to work slowly towards our goal.
Learning music is great for re-establishing the concept,
"The slow and steady, wins the race."
Here are some tips that have helped me develop an
"every day effort" mindset:
- Set a regular time. At first you may need to move the time around to accommodate work, family, your favourite TV show, food; whatever, but once you have a time that works, stick with it.
- Have everything ready to go, or at least handy. Nothing stops you faster than having to re-arrange furniture or drive somewhere.
- Don't watch the clock. In fact, don't have a clock anywhere near you. Work until you finish or become so wretchedly uncomfortable that you have to stop.
- Don't fret if "today" is wasted. You will always have bad days. Things will go wrong; don't sweat it. Even if you only lasted for 10 minutes, that's fine.
- Goals are good but don't become a slave to them. If you start of with a particular goal and get side-tracked, that's fine; that's how we discover new things.
- Enjoy it as much as you can, or at least take satisfaction in knowing that you put in some effort
This is the incredibly
valuable lesson of music:
A little effort every day
and you can move mountains.
My big sister and I are making masks. We both love sewing, and one of the bright aspects of this horrible pandemic is a fun new sewing project. I think her masks are better than mine because she puts a bendy metal nose part in hers, but I don’t. I tried putting in tin foil, and it works, but my glasses still fog up, so I decided to skip that.
I’m more into exciting fabric combinations because, as everyone knows, it’s essential to look your best during a crisis.
Here in Canada, there is a lot of discussion as to the efficacy of masks, but since I’m looking after my elderly parents, I will take any steps I can to keep them and myself safe. I also carry a few extra masks in my purse and give them out to random people. My sister is making mass numbers to give to hospitals or shelters. I guess she is more altruistic than me.
I use this pattern:
2 - 9” X 7” cotton pieces
1 - 4.5” X 7” filter material (I use quilting batting)
2 - 7.5” elastic or ribbon (I found 7” a bit small if you are using ribbon)
Keep safe everyone.
POP / JAZZ
(Adele) Someone Like You 3 AM (Matchbox Twenty) 500 Miles (The Proclaimers) A Thousand Years A Whiter Shade of Pale A World Without Love Abraham, Martin, and John Ace in the Hole (George Strait) Adios Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't No Sunshine All I Ever Need Is You All Out of Love All That She Wants (Ace of Base) Along Time Ago Always on my Mind Always Something There to Remind Me Angel (Sarah McLachlan) Annie's Song (John Denver) Barbie Girl Barney's Blues Beach Baby Behind Blue Eyes Beyond the Sea Big Girls Don't Cry Black Bird Black Orpheus Blue Moon Bohemian Rhapsody Boys From The Bush Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka) Breathe (Faith Hill) Bridge Over Troubled Water Brown Eyed Girl California Dreamin' Camminando Can't You See? (Marshall Tucker Band) Carolina in My Mind (James Taylor) Carpenter's Medley Chapel of Love (Dixie Cups) Charles Martel Chattanooga Choo Choo Chiedimi tutto Close to Me (The Cure) Collide Colour My World (Chicago) Come a Little Bit Closer Cosa Fai Ragazza Crazy (Patsy Cline) Crazy For You (Madonna) Crazy Little Thing Called Love Cry Me a River Dancing in the Moonlight Day Dream Believer Diana Dimples Do You Love Me Don't Fear The Reaper Don't Go Breaking My Heart Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Don't Stop Believin' Door jou ga ik leven Down Under Downtown Driver's Seat Dust in the Wind Easy Whiskey Ebb Tide El Cóndor Pasa Epic Sax Guy Everlasting Love Every Breath You Take Everyday (Buddy Holly) Father and Son Fields of Gold Fix You (Cold Play) Flip Flop and Fly Fly Me To The Moon Friday I'm in Love Gangnam Style Geef me je droom He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Head Over Heels Heard it in a Love Song (The Marshall Tucker Band) Here Comes the Sun Hidamari No Uta Home (Michael Bublé) How Beautiful I Can't Help Falling In Love I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith) I Giardini Di Marzo (March's Garden) I Heard It Through the Grapevine I Hope You Dance I Will Always Love You I Will Follow Him I'll be There I'm a Believer (The Monkees) I'm Beginning to See the Light I'm into Something Good Imagine IRIS (Biagio Antonacci) Isn't It Romantic? It's My Life It's My Party It's Not Unusual It's Only a Paper Moon It's Raining Men I've Got You Under My Skin Just Dance (Lady Gaga) King of the Road Kiss the Rain La Canzone Di Laura La lola La pulce d'acqua Landslide L'astronauta Layla (Unplugged) Leaving on a Jet Plane Let it Be (Beatles) Let it be me Let It Be Me (in C) Livin' on a Prayer Lollipop Longer Than (Dan Fogelberg) Lost in Your Eyes Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes Love is All Around Love Train Mack the Knife Makin' Woopie Material Girl (Madonna) Maybe (Yiruma) Midnight Train to Georgia M'Innamoro Davvero Missing You (John Waite) Misty Moondance More Than Words (Extreme) More Than a Feeling Mr. Blue (The Fleetwoods) Mr. Sandman Mustang Sally My Baby Just Cares For Me My Funny Valentine My Girl (The Temptations) My Guy My Way (Frank Sinatra) Night Wang Jie Nights in White Satin No Woman, No Cry Nobody Loves Me Like You Do Now and Forever Oh Darling (The Beatles) One Less Bell to Answer One Love (Bob Marley) Only You Patricia cha cha cha People (Barbra Streisand) Perhaps Love Piccola Stella Senza Cielo Piece of My Heart Please Mister Postman Proud of You Put Your Head on my Shoulder Rain and Tears Raindrops Rainsong Red, Red Wine (UB40) Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) Se ami sai September (Earth, Wind and Fire) She's Always a Woman She's Come Undone Si puo' fare Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Silence is Golden (The Tremeloes) So I Have to Say I Love You in a Song Somebody That I Used to Know Somebody That I Used to Know - With Lyrics Someone Like You (Van Morrison) Someone to Watch Over Me Sounds of Silence Stairway to Heaven Stand by Me Stay Just a Little Bit Longer Straighten Up and Fly Right Strangers in the Night Strangers in the Night Sukiyaki Summer Sprouts Suspicious Minds Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics) Swinging Shepherd Blues (Moe Koffman) Tainted Love Take it Easy Take Me Home Country Roads Take on Me Tears in Heaven The Entertainer The Hustle The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles) The Longest Time The Power of Love (Celine Dion) The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) The Sign (Ace of Base) The Stripper There's Your Trouble Time of the Season (Zombies) To Make You Feel My Love To Sir With Love (Lulu) Torn (Natalie Imbruglia) Tuxedo Junction Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Unchained Melody Up on the Roof Video Killed the Radio Star Viva la Mamma Vorrei Incontrarti Fra Cent’Anni Wait There (Yiruma) Wake Me Up Before You Go Walk Away Renee Walking on the Sun (Smash Mouth) Wedding Song (There Is Love) We've Got Tonight (Bob Seger) What a Wonderful World When A Man Loves A Woman Wherever You Will Go (The Calling) White Rabbit Why Do Fools Fall in Love Yesterday Once More (The Carpenters) YMCA You Are The Reason (Calum Scott) You are the Sunshine of my Life You Beat Me To The Punch You Can't Hurry Love Your Song You're Only Lonely (J. D. Souther) You've Got a Friend
Air on the G String in C Allegro Telemann Concerto in G Allemand An Chloe (Mozart) Andaluza Andante Cantabile Après un Rêve Badinerie Ballet of the Swan Be Not Afraid Bergmask Boirmoir Brandenburg Concerto #1 Mvt 3 (J.S. Bach) Brandenburg Concerto#5 BWV 10343 BWV1020 Allegro (J.S.Bach) Canilena (Handel) Cantata BWV 106 Actus Tragicus - Sinfonia Cantata Domino Canzona Caresse sur l'Océan Clarinet Concerto in Bb (Handel) Come Again Come Again (Dowland) in the key of C Concerto GP Dido's Lament E` LA MIA VITA (Albano Carrisi) Flute Sonata #7 Op.1 (Handel) Flute Sonata in G Allegro Für Elise Gaelic Blessing Gavotte # 1 (Handel) Gentle Inspiration Gymnopedie 1 (Satie) Handel Sonata in F Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring La Réjouissance: Allegro (100) La Valse des regrets Largo from Xerxes (Handel) Largo from Xerxes (in C) Little Fugue in G minor (Bach) Lute Concerto in D major (Mvt. 1) Marcello Sonata in Bb Méditation Thaïs (Jules Massenet) Minuet In G Minuet in Gm (J.S. Bach) Moto Perpetuo (Carl Bohm) Mozart Rondo O mio babbino caro O Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice Pachelbel's Canon Pachelbel's Canon in D Papapa - Mozart Peter and the Wolf Piano Concerto No.5 (Largo) Piano Sonata No 8 Pathétique Piccolo Concerto in C, 1st Mvt Pomp and Circumstance (Elgar) Quantz, Sonata No # 1 - 2nd mvt. Quanz Sonata #1, Movement 1 Quartet #4 (Telemann) Queen of the Night (Mozart) Quintet 452, 3rd Movement (Mozart) Ride of the Valkyries Romanza (Mozart) Rothchild Horn concerto Allegro Salut d’Amour Sato No Aki Serenade #10, Adagio K.361 Sheep may safely Graze Silly Scherzino Sing an Alleluia Sing to the Lord (Vivaldi) Sonata #6 (Vivaldi) Sonata #7 (Biber) Sonata in A (Bodin) Sonata in F (Fasch) Sound the Trumpet (Henry Purcell) Suite #4 (Anon) Tambourini (100) Te Deum Telemann Allegro Telemann Cantablile Telemann Sonata in F The Flight of the Bumble Bee The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) Time to Say Goodbye in D/C Trio Sonata #4 (Handel) Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) Turkish March (Ludwig van Beethoven) Turkish March (Mozart) Vocalise, Op.34 No.14 Wachet auf (Sleepers Awake) Waltz of the Flowers Water Music Water Music Part 2 Wedding March (Mendelssohn) Winter (4 seasons)
3 Sea Songs Abide With Me An Emigrant's Daughter Annie Laurie A-Roving (English Sea Chantey) Baloo My Boy Bonnie Kellswater Bouncing Bess Caledonia (Dougie MacLean) Cockles and Mussels Come By The Hills Danny Boy Early One Morning English Country Garden Finnegan's Wake Four Strong Winds Gartan Mother's Lullaby Ghost Lover (Cycle of 5ths) Hole in the Wall I`ll Fly Away Larry O'Gaff's Jig Latin Dance Lazy Harry Lord MacDonald Mairi's Wedding Mo Shuil Ad' Dheidh O' Carolin's Concerto Planxity George Portsmouth Rotha's Lament Roxborough Castle Scotland the Brave Scottish Ballad (Thomas N. Thurston) Scottish Jigs and Reels Shenandoah Shetland Fiddler Shinsadong Geu Saram Simple Gifts Since First I Saw Your Face Squirrel Party The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond The Boys of Wexford The Bushman's Song The Gypsy Rover The Ladies Dressed in Garments so Green The Minstral Boy The Parting Glass The Salley Gardens The Star Of The County Down The Unquiet Grave The Water is Wide The Yellow Rose of Texas Tramps and Hawkers Turks March #1 Turn Around Un Canadien Errant Universal Soldier V'la l'Bon Vent We Rise Again Wild Mountain Thyme
MOVIE / MUSICAL
A Whole New World Age of Aquarius All I Ask of You (Phantom) Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Amelie Poulain Andy Griffith Theme Any Dream Will Do Baby Elephant Walk Beauty and the Beast Benny Hill (Yakety Sax) Born Free Bring Him Home Cabaret Can You Feel the Love Tonight Candle on the Water Cats (Memories) Colours of the Wind Colours of the Wind in G Come and Get Your Love (Guardians of the Galaxy) Dances with Wolves (The John Dunbar Theme) Defying Gravity Do Re Mi (Sound of Music) Doctor Who Don't Rain On My Parade Dreaming Dulcinea (Man of la Mancha) Edelweiss For Your Eyes Only Gabriel's Oboe (in G) Gabriel's Oboe (Mission) Game of Thrones Give It Up (The Kingsman) Hair Hallelujah (Shrek) Happy Talk (South Pacific) Harry Potter Hawaii Five-0 Hey Let's Go Hogan's Heroes I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady) I Don't know how to love him I Don't Want to Wait (Dawson's Creek) I Dreamed a Dream I See the Light (Tangled) If I Only Had a Brain In Dreams (LOTR) Jeopardy Jurassic Park Knights of the Round Table La valse d'Amelie Let it Go (Frozen) Looking Through the Eyes of Love Love and Marriage Love Changes Everything Man of La Mancha Masterpiece Theatre May It Be (Lord of the Rings) Memories
(The Way We Were)
(The Way We Were)
Mission_Impossible More (Theme from Mondo Cane) Music of the Night (Phantom) My Heart will go on My Neighbour Totoro Never Ending Story Oklahoma! (Richard Rodgers) Ol' Man River (Show Boat) On My Own (Les Misérables) On My Own (Les Misérables) Over the Rainbow (Australia Version) Over The Rainbow (Jazz) Over the Rainbow (Version 3) Past the Point of No Return Picard's Flute Song Power of Love Rainbow Connection Raw Hide Remember Me (Coco) River Flows in You Schindler's List Secret Agent Man Send in the Clowns Shining Friends Singin' in the Rain Smile So Long & Thanks for All the Fish Somewhere Out There Speechless (Aladdin) Star Wars Imperial March Tara's Theme Teletubbies That Thing You Do (The Wonders) The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Impossible Dream (Reprise) The Lady Is a Tramp The Wind Beneath My Wings Theme from Laverne & Shirley Theme from Mash There's No Business Like Show Business Think of Me (in C) (Phantom) Think of Me (Phantom) Tomorrow (Annie) Top of the World (The Carpenters) Under the Sea (Little Mermaid) Under the Sea (Little Mermaid) What A Feeling (Flashdance) You'll Never Walk Alone
Angry Birds Chronos Cross Tetris
All of My Day Dreams Annoyance Dreamland Everything's Gone but the Tears First Day of School Grasshopper Blues I Want a Dog It's Winter Never Goin' Home Reflections
O Canada Happy Birthday The Star-Spangled Banner
12 Days of Christmas All I Want for Christmas is You Angels We Have Heard on High Auld Lang Syne Beginning to Look Like Christmas Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella Christmas Song Christmas Time (Bryan Adams) Dadme Albricias, Hijos d’Eva Deck The Halls Ding Dong Merrily on High Do You Hear What I Hear? Feliz Navidad Frosty the Snowman Gloucestershire Wassail God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen Grinch Medley Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Here I Am, Lord Here We Come A-wassailing Huron Indian Carol I Saw Three Ships (English Carol) I'll Be Home For Christmas I'm Walking in the Air In the Bleak MidWinter Jingle Bells Let There Be Peace on Earth Little Drummer Boy Most Wonderful Time of the Year O Christmas Tree O Come, O Come Emmanuel O Holy Night Old Toy Trains Santa Baby Silent Night Silver Bells Sleigh Ride Somewhere in My Memory Souvenir d'un vieillard Still Still Still The First Noel The Holly and the Ivy Unto Us a Child is Born Walking in a Winter Wonderland Walking in the Air
Google Canvas is a super nifty, light app for android. You can start with a new drawing, or use an existing image and alter it.
The drawing tools are pretty standard, and I mostly use the marker and eraser.
The layers selector is to the left of the three dots at the top right, and you can add layers and move layers as required. The background layer can’t be moved, but if you click on the eye icon, you can make that layer transparent.
I use my HP Chromebook 14” x360, and Google Canvas is very smooth and responsive. However, it doesn’t work as well on my mobile phone.
You can access your drawings via the web, but that seems to have issues, so I usually just run it as an app on my Chromebook. https://canvas.apps.chrome/
A few tricks
- Sometimes a lag begins to creep in as you are drawing. If that happens, close the app and restart, that fixes this issue.
- I use the default colours because if you do have to close the program, it can be challenging to find strange colours.
- In the Home area (click on the little house), three dots appear at the bottom of your drawing, and this is where you save and duplicate your work. I use the duplicate function a lot because if you make a mistake, you can easily pick up where you left off especially, as the autosave is destructive.
- Move layers by click and hold the layer until a blue line appears under the layer, then you can drag it.
- I save the finished drawing to an SD card, rather than using the cloud because sometimes there are some issues with my desktop accessing Google Canvas
- I use a Dimples Excel Precision Stylus rather than my finger. Once you get used to the drawing with a little disc on the end of the stylus, it’s perfect and is an absolute joy for drawing.
- There is no palm rejection, so a drawing glove helps, but it’s not much of an issue for me.
There are not a lot of functions, like scale, editing, and copy/paste, but if you want to have a nice responsive sketch pad, the Google Canvas is AWESOME!
Snakes in the Pool
My Mom has Alzheimer’s and is in the middle stage. Probably a 5 or so, but it changes day-to-day. The thing is,
PWA’s (Person with Altzheimers)
lose their logic and rely entirely on emotion. That is why it’s pointless to argue with a PWA. Even if your reasons are perfectly clear, but your tone and emotions are those of frustration, all the PWA will hear is that frustration.
It’s all about me
I am the quintessential INFJ. I am extremely logical and love to plan for the future, meanwhile being extremely sensitive to the emotions of others. This probably makes me pretty good with PWA’s, but it really takes a toll and runs my ‘batteries’ down within a few hours.
My Dad is the primary caregiver, and I worry about him, especially since he’s had a couple of strokes because of the stress. He kind of tunes out, so I guess that’s how he deals with the situation, but as I said, it’s all about me.
There seems to be a lot of crying with PWA’s.
My kitchen renovations finished up a few days ago, and I had an extra microwave. So, my plan was to have Mom and Dad come over in the car, see my renovations, have a cup of tea and take the microwave home to their place. When I got to their place, though, Dad was sulking, and Mom was in the bedroom crying because she thought Dad was plotting something.
PAW’s really believe they are fine.
They think the rest of the world is crazy and they are perfectly normal. For a PWA It’s perfectly reasonable to go out in the winter in your sock feet to walk hundreds of kilometres to your Mom and Dad house, even though they have been dead for 20 years. The fact that you don’t even know the direction is no problem. Off you go.
Sadly, you can’t explain how irrational that is, because PWA’s have zero logic and understanding of reality.
Back to my original plan. “Hey,” I said to Mom, “I would love it if you came over to my house to see my new kitchen!” with all the enthusiasm I could muster. The tears dried up and off we went. It turned into a good day.
Snakes in the Pool
This is probably the most excellent tip for anyone dealing with a PWA, and it came from my sister’s family many years ago.
My Niece was afraid to go into the swimming pool because she was afraid there were snakes in the water. I don’t know why she thought that, but she believed it with absolute conviction.
My sister tried explaining, logically, why there were no snakes in the pool, but no matter what logic my sister used, her daughter wasn’t going to get into THAT water.
Then my nephew said he had a magic towel, and if he waved it over the pool, all the snakes would disappear, FOREVER. He made up quite a wonderful and positive story about the magic contained in that towel before waving it over the pool and poof, just like that, all the snakes were gone.
His sister jumped in the pool, and they had a terrific time frolicking in the pool and not a single snake was ever seen again.
My Myers-Briggs personality type is INFJ.
Here is a link if you would like to take the test [https://www.16personalities.com/personality-types].
As an INFJ, I suffer mightily from the urge to burn down all my work.
Phew! It feels good to get that off my chest.
Frank James, one of my favourite INFJ YouTubers, has an excellent video on the INFJ Burndown
INFJ’s love to share, perhaps even over share, only to think better of it at a later date.
- Being a perfectionist
- Being too sensitive to negative comments
- Feeling the message is unclear
- Simply changing one’s mind
Whatever the reason, I find this “Burn it all down” tendency a real problem for me, especially when I am working on a long term project.
If you are trying to build a house and begin every day by burning down yesterday’s work, you have a problem.
Right now, I’m trying a new strategy here on Flutegirl.ca. I am posting something new every day, or as often as possible. My post could be a song, a helpful hack, some techie information, or just something interesting going on in my life.
The new addition is “above the fold,” and the previous work drops down the page.
I am going to resist the urge to delete things.
Though this is incredibly difficult for me, I think it will be interesting to see the changes in my drawings, writings and music.
Join me on my journey by checking out flutegirl.ca every day.
So, I accidentally barricaded myself into my place yesterday and had to call my parents and tell them I wouldn’t be able to go and visit today. Nothing like planning.
I’m a very organized person, except when I get working on a project.
Things spiral out of control, no matter the endeavour. Perhaps that is why I am very organized from the outset because I know what is about to happen.
I have found a few gems that really help me keep my sanity amid the chaos.
A Zone of Tranquillity
I need a small zone of tranquillity.
A place with a chair, a small table and maybe a cooler with some drinks. I also keep my phone in the zone of tranquillity.
When I am surrounded by the horrors of moving, there is nothing like retreating to my zone of tranquillity.
Pro Tip: Don’t barricade yourself from your zone of tranquillity.
Even though I’m inside and more sorting than actual hefting, I still step on prickly stuff. I don’t normally wear shoes in the house (perhaps that’s a Canadian thing). However, there is nothing more painful than stubbing your toe and having to carry on when all you really want to do is sit and cry.
Wear an Apron
Ok, I wear an apron from the moment I get up to when I go to bed because I wouldn’t say I like washing clothes. I believe there is a direct correlation between the newness of your outfit to the likelihood of slopping on yourself. Aprons are also essential for playing EWI. I used to put a small towel on my lap to catch the spit, but an apron works much better. And then there are pockets. Whether it’s my phone, a pair of scissors, or just something I’m carrying from room to room, there is nothing like an apron.
As my moving and renovations progress, I may have more tips, I think, though, I’m stalling.
Out of my zone of tranquillity, I go to attack the mess once again.
Wish me luck.
Netflix and Prime
Random Black Screen
I have my Chromebook connected via HDMI cable to a big monitor. I use this mostly to watch YouTube, Netflix, and Prime. YouTube seems just fine, but both Netflix and Prime randomly turn the screen black for a moment, then it comes back on.
The random black screen makes watching Netflix or Prime nigh-on-impossible.
At first, I thought if I mirrored the Chromebook screen, instead of extending, while leaving the Chromebook screen on, that would work. Nope.
Then I thought it was my monitor and if I turned off the auto-scan that would fix the problem. Nope.
I watched a few videos on this problem, and they all said if you had something other than 60hz on your monitor settings, that would cause the problem. Unfortunately, my Chromebook didn’t let me change that, and besides, by default, both my Chromebook and monitor are 60hz.
I finally found that you have to set your screen size to the same size as your monitor (or TV). I guess it blacks out when it’s trying to adjust between the two, so if it’s sending the same resolution to the monitor, this problem is averted.
For a Chromebook, you can go to:
I have mine set at 80% - or 1920 X 1080 (native),
and that has fixed the problem.