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  • Posted by NormanM on April 23, 2021 at 9:38 am

    1.) How many days per week do you play?

    I try to play/practice 7 days a week. I’ve been pretty consistent and now I do miss it if I don’t get to play.

    2.) What time of day do you play?

    I like to play twice a day … I play around 4-5pm and then again around 10-11pm. The afternoons have interruptions but the later sessions can be nice, quiet, and more focused. I usually can get in an hour or more of playing time.

    3.) Where do you play?

    I play in our ‘living room’ it never got much used until I took it over and started using it to practice the guitar. 😁

    4.) What was your guitar life like before having a guitar routine & how has implementing a consistent guitar routine helped you? (if possible name 3 ways).

    Basically nonexistent …
    I retired 3 years ago and was trying to come up with ways to enjoy my new found retirement years. I had tried to played the guitar in the 60’s and must of been having one of those “living in the past” moments when I thought it would be fun to try to learn to play the guitar again, once retired. I was never very musical and remember when I started playing having a hard time tuning my guitar by using a pitch pipe.

    I went to a big box music store and tried a few guitars and bought one based on the way it sounded … at the beginning I had no idea what I was doing. I bought a beginning guitar book and started strumming … I took a few lessons from someone that couldn’t relate to me so those didn’t last.

    I could strum some cords and maybe was playing a few times a week.

    I finally was looking for inspiration on YouTube and found Tony, this ‘long haired – bearded guy from Bozeman who was offering a free 30-day trial lesson so I figured what could I lose? Well, fast forward 3 years and I’m a completely converted ‘guitar geek’! After 2 years, I became a lifetime TAC member. Being able to play the guitar daily has become a fabulous segue into retirement!

    – They say that it takes 21 days to make something a ‘habit’ and TAC provided the structure to make this happen. The daily lessons motivate me to try something new/different everyday. Even when the lessons repeat and I can play it just a little bit better than before, I call those a ‘small win!’

    – I have found that by playing regularly… you can actually get better!

    I know everyone progresses in different ways but, by taking ideas/inspiration from other TAC members on the daily lessons and in the forms has been invaluable. It truly motivates me to just want to keep learning and playing!

    – I’m also a ‘creature of habit’ and that I like discipline even in retired life. I wanted to start playing the guitar to have fun, I didn’t want to get stressed about not being able to play as well as someone else or why I didn’t start playing when I was younger. Tony and the TAC family have consistently made learning to play fun!

    5.) Bonus Question: What is one non-guitar item that is a must have in your guitar routine?

    I like to have my glasses and a glass of water. Not sure why playing the guitar would make me so thirsty?

    Guitar Geeks Unite!

    NormanM replied 3 years ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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