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  • 3rd or 4th Taciversary?

    Posted by Ron-N on March 20, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Well, I thought this was my 4th taciversary and then realized it was my 3rd. Now I have an extra year to complete my goals. That’s good because I don’t think I made much progress on my goals. I play almost every day. I have 1031 sessions. Bar chords are better, transitions too. I love Wednesday lessons with improv. Never miss an Acoustic Tuesday show although I watch them a few days after Tuesday.

    The method to my madness is pretty much the same. Start playing late at night around 11:30 pm. Play till about 1:00 to 2:00 am. I do the daily challenge and then switch to ultimate guitar.com and play songs. My latest attempt is the opening of Roundabout by Yes. I heard it on the oldie moldy station and remembered how my wife loved that song. It’s fun to learn how to play harmonics in a song.

    My future goals are the same. Play guitar with other people. Start a neighborhood guitar group where people could share music and ideas. I put that idea on hold because of Covid but I think I’m ready to start. I also need to post some playing. I get caught up on the ideas that I should be much better than I am. Tony’s philosophy helps me deal with that.

    I almost quit TAC after the changes. I didn’t like the way people were censored and controlled. I decided to learn music theory with “Hey Justin Here” instead of Fretboard Wizard. $9.99 for 6 months was big factor in my decision too. I don’t remember the cost of Fretboard Wizard but I didn’t trust that it would be there in the future to repeat the class. I still don’t like the Forum now but I’m over the changes. Like Bill Murray said in Meatballs, “It just doesn’t matter”

    In the end TAC works for me. It does what it’s supposed to do. Keeps me challenged, keeps me coming back daily, and helps me maintain my image as a guitar geek.

    Guitar Geeks Unite!



    N-lightMike replied 2 years ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Loraine

    March 20, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    @Ron-N Congrats on your TACiversary! It sounds like you have some great goals, and you have a solid practice routine. Glad you’ve stuck around.

  • Cadgirl

    March 21, 2022 at 4:02 am

    @Ron-N , Sorry you got discouraged with TAC. I know myself that I didn’t like a lot of things that had changed last year. But, it’s ok. We are here to get ourselves into a playing routine. Learn styles and a little of music theory. I just signed up for my second year and very happy I did. I found a lot of things that I didn’t see in my first year. I really did like Tony’s Fretboard wizard and I learned a lot from it. Happy you stayed for another year. Try to make the most out of what it offered to you in this year of TAC. I also use other sites along with TAC and it’s working great for me too.

  • Ron-N

    March 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks Loraine and Cadgirl. I always try to read your posts and follow your insights.

  • Bill_Brown

    March 22, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Happy 3rd TACiversary @Ron-N 🎂👍👍Hope you have some more. I completely sympathize with your misgivings about TAC “after the changes”. In addition, I was upset by the amount of “senior” TACers (Mentors) that quit because of the changes. Some were very helpful and inspirational to me. I thought long and hard about continuing when my 1st TACiversary was approaching, but I decided to put those feelings “in the rear-view mirror” and continue with the program. I’m glad to see that you’ve made a similar decision. Best wishes to you and your journey, and perhaps we’ll hear from you next year.

  • N-lightMike

    March 22, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Congratulations @Ron-N on your TACiversary. I got say to you and @Loraine and @Cadgirl and @Bill_Brown , I am one of those mentors from the former TAC. I tried so hard to be encouraging and supportive leading up to and going through the “change”. Man, the difficulties that arose sure made it hard to stay positive.

    But what I hung onto during those times was what I had already received from Tony and TAC. I owed my guitar journey and musical life to Tony and his way of presenting guitar and music. I had stumbled and lurched along for 20 years before I joined TAC.

    I love 2 things you said Ron. One, that Tony’s philosophy helps you deal with your guitar reality being different from your guitar beliefs. Boy, do I relate to that one. Just recently, I made a huge step forward because I broke down my fantasy about how good I was and accepted how good I’m NOT, which is to say how good I actually am. Now I can say I very grateful to be this good, never mind how good I’m not.

    The other thing I love that you said is: “In the end TAC works for me. It does what it’s supposed to do. Keeps me challenged, keeps me coming back daily, and helps me maintain my image as a guitar geek.”

    That was another thing I harped on during those transition days, that none of us signed up for the amazing and wonderful community. We signed up to learn guitar, and specifically, to be handed a guitar practice plan that covered the broad range of guitar skills on a daily basis. That’s what Tony offered; and that’s what Tony delivered. And that was NEVER in jeopardy.

    Now, I feel sorry for all those people who bailed. They missed out on the best TAC of all. And it’s not the community, but it’s the lessons and the philosophy and the way they are presented now that makes this TAC the best.

    The bonus is that the community goes on. New blood and different platform, but it lives and it thrives.

    MG 😀

  • Ron-N

    March 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I appreciate the comments from @Bill-Brown and @MikeGaurnier. It is encouraging to know others have had similar thoughts and feelings about TAC. I do miss the Mentors and personalities that have left. I know I’m still headed in the right direction because I’m playing and learning new stuff everyday.

    • N-lightMike

      March 23, 2022 at 11:04 am


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