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  • Anybody out there use TAC as a supplement to other lessons? Just for technique?

    Posted by cj2101970gmail-com on August 7, 2022 at 10:16 am

    I love Tony’s teaching style — still finding TAC useful. But I feel like it’s a great supplement for technique, especially diving into areas you might avoid. BUT I’m not seeing it as a full-blown space to learn guitar. Anybody else? Maybe that’s exactly what he intended.

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 8 months ago 9 Members · 8 Replies
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  • GerryB56

    August 7, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    I agree that TAC is a great foundation, but not the whole package. For me the best thing about Tony’s system is it gets me checking in and playing every day. And the forums are a great source of feedback and encouragement. But I have several other sites I visit regularly to learn songs or find ideas on how to supplement my basic chord strumming. Before TAC I had a tendency to drift a little aimlessly between sites, but now at least I feel I have a “home base” to keep me more focused.

  • Kitman

    August 8, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Hi @cj2101970gmail-com , I feel your question and point of view re TAC are both valid. From what I understand (having listened to Tony’s videos and read the info (eg guitar journal) TAC is targeted to:

    1. Help us develop and implement a guitar routine that leads to us playing guitar on a consistent basis

    1.5. Focus is on consistently implementing your routine every day,l. Create a habit

    2. Providing something we can immediately play (daily challenge) that involves knowledge and techniques that we can apply in the “real world” (ie when playing songs, jamming, song writing, etc)

    3. Providing a supportive community (via the forums, Acoustic Tuesday, etc) that encourage our playing and progress and to share experiences (like we are doing here!).

    4. Provide “Skills” oriented courses any TAC member can take in a self paced basis to further and deepen our abilities and points of view.

    There is a TAC song vault of some earlier (ie. Before my time with TAC) lessons that cover finger picking and flat picking styles. These too are more oriented to applying skills and techniques – although you do learn songs. Here is a link:


    As pointed out @GerryB56 , there are many YT videos and sites that will teach us how to play a song. I use these sites as well and augment the lesson with what I am learning here at TAC.

    My advice and my experience: TAC is teaching me how to become a guitar player with accessible, fun content that I may apply to my playing outside of the TAC world. The method works for me. I am able to detect that I am playing better and in different styles. The guitar now feels more comfortable in my hands when I am performing. I continue to explore other sites and resources and listening to all types of music to map out what I want to learn next in terms of songs. I also go back to songs I already know and try out some of the techniques learned through TAC

    Just another point of view and my experience! You will need to assess the level of value TAC brings to your guitar journey and how you may or may not augment that. Keep on playin and having fun! 😎🎶🎸🤘

    • ChuckS

      August 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm

      Spot on @Kitman. Your post sums it all up very well.


  • Jnc51

    August 10, 2022 at 9:45 am

    I agree, TAC is great to get you playing everyday, great teaching techniques for sure. But it’s like in the Karate Kid, “Wax On, Wax Off” teaching techniques, but not how to apply them. It would be nice if a song was added to show where the techniques are used. I realize copy rights might be costly but by using old standards, like American Roots Standards, that are not copy written anymore would be useful. The week he did on Mississippi John Hurt was my favorite because he related it to actual songs.

  • Pinski

    August 10, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I agree with the previous replies. TAC has created the habit, provides a support system and a fantastic broad base of fundamental techniques in the skills courses and fretboard wizard. Check out the Jam Along Songs in the skill courses and the song vault Kit mention for some great starter songs. I see TAC as my daily warm up and if some days I just warm up, that’s ok, I show up every day.

  • Greg_F_Lee

    August 12, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    I agree with Kitman but also would clarify that I use other guitar teaching sites as supplements to TAC. The other two sites focus on the electric guitar, which I like better. But there is a lot of commonality among the content of the three.

    But the others don’t have the daily interaction with other players, which is what makes TAC special.

  • Cadgirl

    August 13, 2022 at 3:14 am

    @cj2101970gmail-com , I was thinking of quitting TAC after my first year. I had started using another site and they recommended you have a daily routine that used fingering / strumming exercises so I stayed with TAC. The routine keeps me accountable. Tells me everyday when I log on how long I’ve been here and If i finish the daily challenges. Keeps me going with this journey a finger strum at a time.

  • N-lightMike

    August 13, 2022 at 11:17 am

    @cj2101970gmail-com ;

    Hey Justin. no one can answer this for you. We can tell you how we feel and what we have done. But, the answer is different for different people.

    First, of course we use other sites as supplements.

    Second, not only is TAC a full blown guitar instructional site, it’s the best and most comprehensive. The other sites offer the instruction that has proven over many decades to keep you dependent on the instructor and keep paying them to be your guide. When do you become the guide, the guitar player who doesn’t need input to be a guitar player?

    TAC gives you what you need to be an independent, full blown guitar player who can decide for him/herself what to do and where to go in your own guitar journey.

    That’s my opinion. There are many who agree with me. There are many who disagree and have left TAC. For those who left TAC, I hope their guitar journey is flourishing, but I don’t know as I don’t interact with them any more. As far as those who stay, every single one has a flourishing guitar journey and every single one credits TAC for that.

    Money is a real issue. As long as you keep playing guitar and having fun doing it you can’t make a wrong decision.

    MG 😀

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