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  • How I TAC – Loraine S

    Posted by Loraine on April 30, 2021 at 12:51 pm

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

    I am committed to practicing guitar 7 days per week, even if only for the minimum 10 minutes. I tend to pick the guitar up throughout the day to noodle or practice.

    2.) What time of day do you play?

    I have a fairly consistent time for practicing the daily challenge. Since we’re working from home still, I run up to my room (where my laptop typically is) and do the challenge every day at 11:30. I typically spend anywhere from 15-30 minutes on the lesson, and then I shift gears and practice some scales or a song I’ve been working on. This eats up my entire lunch hour (11:30 – 12:30 p.m.). I keep a guitar next to me in my office, and I find myself reaching for it throughout the day during lulls at work, and I’ll practice a song, look for something new to play, or sometimes I’ll take a lesson in the Skills section of TAC. I then have another guitar in the living room for when dinner is over and I’m relaxing. I rarely watch television, so that gives me plenty of time to surf the internet for other sources of songs, or learn a new fingerpicking or flatpicking song from the former song vault. If I do watch television, I grab the guitar during every commercial break (which amounts to longer than the show).

    3.) Where do you play?

    I play in practically every room of the house, with exception to the kitchen and bathrooms. I have a guitar in every room, so I’m never far from their calling to me. I’m in the process of converting one of my bedrooms into a guitar room, but I can’t imagine spending all my time there, because as long as I have a guitar nearby, then it’s a special room. Where am I most inspirational? I would say my living room right now. That’s only because the couch is more comfortable than the chairs and stools in other parts of the house. I do plan to make my guitar room comfortable and special, however, so maybe my inspiration will guide me to spend more time there.

    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).

    I had absolutely no guitar routine previously, because I knew nothing about guitar until I found TAC back in July/August 2020. I had a 1973 Guild F30 that was given to me by my step-father probably 20-25 years before. He had purchased it at a garage sale for $100. I’ve always dreamed of playing the guitar and absolutely love the acoustic sound, so I held onto the guitar (not knowing I should have been taking care of it all those years).

    Luckily, there was minimal work that the local luthier needed to correct before I could attempt to play the guitar. Therefore, I jumped on the forum bandwagon immediately while I waited for the repairs to be done, and I soaked up as much knowledge and wisdom that my brain could absorb. I began watching some of the videos for the 30 Days to Play This got me in the habit of going through the lessons, even though I didn’t have a guitar to practice with yet.

    Once I received the guitar back in beautiful condition from the luthier, I jumped right back into the lessons. I have practiced the guitar at the same time every day since I began. It is something I look forward to throughout the entire morning. After the 30 Days to Play Challenge and then developing my 90-day plan.

    1. Knowing what is expected of me on a daily basis and being accountable

    2. Being committed to improvement in my knowledge and skills

    3. Allowing me to keep a healthy balance between work, life, and guitar

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

    I have to have a tall glass of ice water with me when I play. Water is safer to drink around the guitars, because if I spill it and wipe it up quickly, there is little chance of damage to the guitar. I love to sip it between playing, and then munching on the ice when the water’s gone. Bad habit of mine is eating ice.

    Guitar Geeks Unite!!!

    Loraine replied 3 years ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • Bill_Brown

    April 30, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Alright @Loraine ! You “Really Truly” know how to TAC💙👍👍😎. And I know you want an NGD too🤩

  • Loraine

    April 30, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Haha @Bill_Brown . I’m always up for NGD!

  • Jill_M

    April 30, 2021 at 6:08 pm


  • albert_d

    May 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I too wish I’d stop eating ice

    • Loraine

      May 2, 2021 at 4:59 am

      Yeah, my dentist would be happier if I would stop, but I can’t.

      • Bill_Brown

        May 2, 2021 at 6:14 am

        Yes @Loraine , I had to get 2 full crowns on my molars (upper left side) last year – they were cracked through – from all the years of chewing on ice.😱

      • Loraine

        May 2, 2021 at 9:24 am

        I’m at 5 cracked teeth in the back. They sealed the cracks on 4, but I had to have a crown on 1 of them. I figure I’ll have all fake teeth in the future, so I’m going to keep chewing the ice until I can’t. It’s almost like an addiction.

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