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  • Did you find TAC Helped?

    Posted by BrandonK on March 14, 2024 at 11:58 am

    Hi TAC Community,

    With so many of you have been members for a long time. I was looking through the reviews and forum to see if there were any true success stories from beginners who are now able to play their guitar reasonably well.

    John_Bolling_Hall replied 2 months, 3 weeks ago 9 Members · 29 Replies
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  • Beatrice

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 5:44 pm

    Hey Brandon,

    The TAC platform has changed recently to a newer format and a massive amount of success stories and videos from old timers have dissolved into thin air…. so you might not find a great deal on the current site, which is a shame but that’s life…. waiting for the newer success stories to fill this one up… hopefully yours 🙂

    PS, all i can say of my progress is that am reasonably happy with my playing and my journey with the guitar, no regrets and not letting it rest 😉

    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 15, 2024 at 12:41 am

      Hi Beatrice,

      You’re right, I have been looking through the win forum to see if there were some great success stories to read from and get motivated. I didn’t see any so far.

      I do hope for sure we are the next ones.

      I am hoping TAC is the one program for me for at least the next year to get me to a place where I feel I can play the guitar around a camp fire in the next 6 months to a year. I am not looking to go on tour just yet lol.

      That is great you are seeing progress in your playing. How long have you been with TAC? Did you start as a beginner? How’s your playing now, are you able to play a few songs?

      • Beatrice

        Member
        March 15, 2024 at 4:15 pm

        Hey Brandon,

        Well, for all it’s worth, i can say that the TAC formula really worked for me to stick to a daily routine and get me going because of the short exercises that are not too demanding for getting launched for the day. The exercises warm you up, they give you skills that you build up and strengthen and knowledge to get you motivated to explore on your own. I tend to use the licks and riffs and apply them on backing tracks.

        Then, i generally want to do more after the 10-15 mins and either work on some other stuff or songs from Ultimate Guitar or other platforms. Many people have over the years used other courses to complement, and i’m no different, it’s always good to broaden your skills, that’s how you grow and improve. However i keep on revisiting the daily lessons because there is always something to take away from the exercises. I have a lifetime membership so it’s easy for me. There is also great strength and support in the community, that you may have experienced.

        Before joining TAC i could play some songs but didn’t have a structure with my guitar playing, so i was not regular enough and always at beginner level, playing on and off for some years, off more often then on tbh. So I’m really thankful to have found and joined TAC, because now i can play. i joined TAC in 2018 and since i’ve developed a great deal, i would say i’m between advanced beginner and intermediate player. I can play songs, even tricky ones when i apply a good amount of time to them. Although i’m not very confident in performing in front of other, that is my downfall. It’s something i’m working on

        • This reply was modified 3 months ago by  Beatrice.
  • Moose408

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 6:20 pm

    I joined TAC 9 months ago today. I can’t say that there is a direct correlation between learning from TAC and me now being a guitar player because 6 months ago I started supplementing TAC with another guitar course. Together they have made me a better player. A lot of times when a topic comes up in the other course like palm muting, hammer-ons & pull-offs, scales, double-stops, I am super comfortable with them and they are easy because of my exposure here at TAC. One thing TAC has definitely helped me with is improv. It now comes easy to me.

    TAC doesn’t really teach you a song, it might teach you Tony’s interpretation of a song, but I’ve always felt like I had to go elsewhere to actually play songs, which is really the point of learning guitar.

    I’m not sure I really answered your question. But I feel better.

    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 15, 2024 at 12:50 am

      Let me first say, I am happy you feel better Moose lol

      9 Months, way to go! I would love to hear about your first 6 months and what you could do at that the 6 month mark. Then It sounds like you found TAC didn’t get you prepared to play songs and that was a reason you find another training, is that correct?

      What supplementary program did you use to help you play songs? Did you also let TAC know that was a limitation of the TAC program so they can improve it for all of us?

      Also, can you go into a little more detail regarding “helped me with improve”? What type of improv are you referring to and what did TAC teach you that helped with improv?

      lol, I read through this list of guitar techniques and laughed to myself because I had no clue what you were referring to “palm muting, hammer-ons & pull-offs, scales, double-stops…etc”. I am still trying to learn the C and G chord lol.

      • This reply was modified 3 months ago by  BrandonK.
      • Moose408

        Member
        March 15, 2024 at 11:13 am

        1. “lol, I read through this list of guitar techniques and laughed to myself because I had no clue what you were referring to “palm muting, hammer-ons & pull-offs, scales, double-stops…etc”. I am still trying to learn the C and G chord lol.”

        These techniques are taught as part of the daily challenges, and come up often in the challenges, the repetition helps.

        @BryanDean has some great comments. You shouldn’t really compare yourself with others. Everyone learns differently and devote different amounts of time and energy to it. I spent a lot of time studying how people learn and perform a lot of those techniques to maximize my practice (spaced practice, selectively applying focus, slow motion learning, visualization, etc). So my progress is going to be a lot different from people who practice daily without these routines. That’s neither good or bad, just a different approach.

        I also use the Andante app to track my practice and find it keeps me motivated to practice everyday and keep my minutes of practice up. It’s like trying to get the high score in a game for me.

        2. “What supplementary program did you use to help you play songs? Did you also let TAC know that was a limitation of the TAC program so they can improve it for all of us?”

        For actual playing of songs use Ultimate Tabs which is a very popular site/app for showing the chord progressions for a song. I’m not really comfortable promoting another online course here on TAC.

        Tony’s teaching style is unique and proven. I don’t expect or even want him to change it. I get value from it even if I do feel the need to supplement the training. That is more about me than a reflection on Tony’s method.

        I understand what @BryanDean is saying about taking multiple course but disagree. I would get bored with just TAC but it does take effort to implement a practice routine the utilizes multiple courses. I use an app called Modacity to plan my weekly practice sessions so I stay on track and focused. Without that plan I’m lost and don’t maximize my practice sessions.

        3. “Also, can you go into a little more detail regarding “helped me with improve”? What type of improv are you referring to and what did TAC teach you that helped with improv?”

        In the Daily Challenges almost every Wednesday Tony teaches improv. That weekly repetition has been great for improving my improv skills. In my other course the other participants all struggle with improv and I find it easy because of my exposure here at TAC.

      • BrandonK

        Member
        March 16, 2024 at 12:13 pm

        Thanks Moose, I really appreciate you answering my questions.

  • ProbablyBryan

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    So far, yes… it’s working for me. Here’s my today’s “Win” post:

    https://tonypolecastro.com/family-forums/topic/the-first-day-i-felt-as-if-i-was-really-playing-the-guitar/

    Realize you’re rewiring your brain, using muscle memory, time, patience, calluses, and more… and it’s not easy.

    So far, TAC is rather good, and I’ve progressed further than I thought I’d be in any course — in just 50 days. Maybe TAC had “changed,” but I wasn’t here before.

    I looked at other courses (I bought another one, too, for some reason), but TAC has real potential, and — if I stick TO it, I believe I’ll be able to get to the next level, whatever that is.

    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 15, 2024 at 12:56 am

      First let me say congratulations on being able to play Hotel California after you first 50 days, that’s amazing!

      Very true it a lot of work coordination between fretting with one hand while strumming with the other. Muscle memory of chords and finger positions. Yes calluses are forming lol. Rhythm and tempo…etc.

      Are you just using TAC as your main guitar training?

      How many minutes do you practice per day?

      Are you using the other course you purchased with TAC or are you just using TAC?

      I am looking forward to hear where you are in 90 days.

      • This reply was modified 3 months ago by  BrandonK.
      • ProbablyBryan

        Member
        March 15, 2024 at 10:44 am

        Great questions!

        1. Are you just using TAC as your main guitar training?

        Yes. If you do more than one at a time, it’s making things difficult for you. (See below #3.)

        2. How many minutes do you practice per day?

        I’m using an app called Andante to track my times.

        So far:

        • I’ve only missed a few days (I had the flu, a busy day and lost track of time, etc.), but I’ve been on track almost DAILY.

        I started with the “30 Days to Play,” I listened and did the exercises and lessons — even if I couldn’t learn much that day. I did it anyway, the next day and the next… until the end.

        “30 Days to Play” isn’t to learn the guitar; it’s just a kickoff. But I’ve read that SO many people get upset that they couldn’t “do” much in the first 30 days.

        Just get through it.

        Afterward, I did the “Your Next Chord” and the “5-Day Routine”. I think one video said to do it that way, and the others say go straight to the “5-Day Routine”. Doesn’t matter. 🙂

        >> How many minutes daily? On the average, 30. Sometimes, 10 minutes if it’s late, I’m tired, etc. On other days, like yesterday’s session, it was about 90 minutes (!!), and I needed to stop because my fingers got tired.

        In the beginning, since my callouses hadn’t formed yet, my practice sessions were 10 to 20 minutes. (I only stopped because my fingertips hurt.)

        3. Are you using the other course you purchased with TAC, or are you just using TAC?

        Well, I did buy “GoodGuitarist” because he seems like a good guy… BUT I decided to hold off on it until I “tackle” the guitar in the TAC program first.

        Two courses at once — especially at the beginning — is a bad idea, in my opinion.

        Okay, I hope that helps. The mindset needs to be:

        Just play (not work), you’re not in a hurry, don’t compare to anyone else (!!!!!!), and you only fail when you give up.

        Have fun!!

      • BrandonK

        Member
        March 16, 2024 at 12:16 pm

        Thank you Bryan for answering my questions. For me personally it is hard not to try to see where I can reach certain milestones and push myself to achieve them. I can feel the calluses already building up on my finger tips.

        My expectations are that there are members that are coming in not knowing how to play and can benchmark that with in “x months” they were able to play their first song…etc.

  • albert_d

    Member
    March 15, 2024 at 11:31 am

    I use TAC for my primary training and minimal practice. It is every day 10 minutes minimum. After TAC, time allowing, I have songs associated with my quarterly TAC goals. Last quarter I worked on Travis picking with songs like Dust in the Wind or Landslide. This quarter I am working on Alice’s Restuarant. I pick those up from YouTube lessons with folks like Lauren Bateman or a host of others. I have reached the point of not feeling any pressure concerning my progress. Progress happens with consistency. Never underestimate the cumulative effect of small changes and enjoy.

    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 16, 2024 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Albert, my question to you is can you now read TAB’s and play with that song?

      • albert_d

        Member
        March 16, 2024 at 9:47 pm

        Yes. Tabs are easy for me now. I’m working on staff and notes and am maybe halfway there. Over time I should conquer that too.

      • BrandonK

        Member
        March 17, 2024 at 4:35 am

        That’s great, do you find you can have a TAB sheet up and play along with a song?

      • albert_d

        Member
        March 17, 2024 at 6:51 am

        Very slowly, yes. To truly play the song, muscle memory has to develop and only repetition can do that. Even Tommy Emmanuel has to awaken his muscle memory with repetition to come play songs.

  • Big-Jim

    Member
    March 15, 2024 at 12:52 pm

    Hey BrandonK, I kinda in the same boat as you . Let’s see we’re we go from the beginning !?!?

    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 16, 2024 at 12:19 pm

      <div>Hey Big Jim, </div>

      Welcome to the community. I can feel things are slowly coming together. This weekend I have been working on C, G and D chords. Just going back and forth between them, trying to cut down my time to transition.

      The Power Cord video I need to go back through a few times because I am having trouble putting my fingers in the right position.

      • Moose408

        Member
        March 16, 2024 at 2:30 pm

        Power chords might be out of reach until your fingers can stretch more, so get frustrated if you can’t get it right now. Move on to something else and come back to it after a while, you’ll be surprised by the improvement.

      • BrandonK

        Member
        March 16, 2024 at 7:53 pm

        Makes sense, I understand this is going to take time.

      • Big-Jim

        Member
        March 21, 2024 at 5:59 pm

        I’m exactly at the same exact point !

      • BrandonK

        Member
        March 22, 2024 at 2:39 am

        Hopefully you and I can work through this to be a good success story

  • Beatrice

    Member
    March 15, 2024 at 4:45 pm
    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 16, 2024 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks Beatrice!

  • Philb

    Member
    March 16, 2024 at 8:10 pm

    TAC has been the primary tool that has helped me understand and play guitar. The techniques it has taught (which you can apply to songs); are a foundation. The platform to be consistent in practice, and become more disciplined in learning, growing in my playing ability, was what I needed to progress. My understanding of the fret-board and theory have improved greatly. After gorging on videos to learn songs (and having very limited progress); I was finally able to by using TAC. I do look at song lessons, or tabs, and work them out on my own. That wouldn’t have happened without TAC.

    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 17, 2024 at 4:36 am

      Thanks Philb,

      How long have you been with TAC?

      • Philb

        Member
        March 17, 2024 at 10:36 am

        It will be 4 years in a month. You can look at some of the videos I have posted in the TAC Forum in the last year to see where I am now, as compared to where I was when I started, which was only knowing a few basic chord shapes. I recently posted messing around with the chord progression to Wagon Wheel; and did Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. I know they are not the best, but I only got there by using TAC. Everyone is different; but TAC is just what I needed; even when it seemed I was only progressing in small increments. Then it struck me; that is exactly how you improve; little by little each day. The best to you.

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    March 17, 2024 at 8:51 am

    YES!

  • John_Bolling_Hall

    Member
    March 22, 2024 at 7:31 am

    Yes. Think of it as learning a new language, it takes time and practice. It’s a journey, not a destination.

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