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  • Joinin’ the crowd….

    Posted by the-old-coach on January 13, 2022 at 10:14 am

    January 12th marked my first anniversary. I was a COVID-baby TAC-er. Joined just as I was getting over it a year ago yesterday. TRULY believe it helped me get over the hump and sort of back to normal.

    It’s been a great guitar-year indeed. I “didn’t know I had it in me” for sure!

    For probably 40+ years, I always just dinked around on that old, no-brand guitar. 40 years of “once in a while” picking it up for a few days, playing a few tabbed songs. I can’t count the number of times I just got sort-of bored with it, and returned it to its familiar role as dust-collector. Probably hundreds. A “wanna-be” one minute- a deflated putz, the next.

    That is—- until I joined TAC—- and started **LEARNING** something!😜

    From what I’ve read in all of these Forums, it sounds like there are a LOT– a WHOLE lot of TAC’ers with a similar kind of story!

    I’m not gonna get into detailed particulars- I’ll save you from that…. it’d just be too much. But- I’ll summarize by saying that I’m LOVIN’ my TAC membership- and what it has done for my abilities, my “guitar-thinking”, and how it’s my lowered self-conscience-ness- (I’m sure I spelt that rong).

    Also, I enjoy the quiet satisfaction that comes with knowing I’ve EARNED that ability to be able to hit that chord progression or that fingerpicking pattern cleanly. I can now DO IT!!! And THAT is what I’m most proud of. 🙂

    Far from being a George Harrison for sure- but I’m good with being WAY improved from where I was one year ago yesterday.

    Nowhere to go but UP from here!

    So… this next year……

    I’ve been rasslin’ with a way to build a smallish, portable/”put-away-able”, music studio, guitar space, recording set-up- (don’t have a dedicated, separate room available that I can tie-up full time). Something I can just drag out of a closet, set up, and get to playing and whatever in maybe 10-15 minutes or so.

    And just keep learning…….period.

    Along that line— in addition to the lessons, courses, and overall TAC program, which to me are REALLY fantastic and fun…… I find just as much– or more– knowledge here within our Forum, and the talented, caring, selfless people in here!

    It is the heartbeat of TAC………. it is sharing of knowledge, help, different viewpoints, things you haven’t thought-of yet, and encouragement when we need it……….. in its purest form.

    Next year is gonna be GREAT.

    Long-winded Mark J.

    albert_d replied 2 years, 2 months ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Loraine

    Member
    January 13, 2022 at 11:59 am

    @mkjohnsons Congrats on your 1st TACiversary! It sounds as if you had a great year (post COVID), and I found your story very energizing. Thank you! As for a portable table, have you tried a t.v. tray? I use them all the time, and they fold back up to be put away. You could even hook up a mic on one. Wishing you nothing but good cheer for the coming year.

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    January 13, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Loving your story @mkjohnsons , keep up the playing. I got tired of thinkin bout a studio so I turned every room everywhere I live into a studio by just not puttin stuff away, hehe. Good luck with yours.

    You made me laugh with your George Harrison comment…no one is he for sure. Only one of those ever made!

  • MoochasPoochas

    Member
    January 13, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    You’re going to do very well with TAC. Happy journey!

  • the-old-coach

    Member
    January 16, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks to you all for the replies!

    You three -(along with many others)- have been more help and provided more encouragement to me- (and to– again– many others)- than you probably realize. And I, for one, am very grateful indeed.

    In the more “philosophical” threads, I think it’s cool how everybody kind-of “feeds” off of each other. When a really interesting thread is started, it’s fun to see how the “answering” posts progress from one to the next, in an upward spiral of learning and ideas and viewpoints and help. Each one raising the bar for the next response. Sometimes something completely new to ponder. It’s great stuff.

    In the more “technical” playing-type of thread discussions, I usually read each and every post or suggestion/tip/trick several times, and sometimes pick up a guitar and physically try each and every one. Slow?- yes. Helpful/valuable—– mostly-yes- (sometimes they are beyond my ability). Fun?—— always!

    Whether you contribute or just follow along doesn’t matter….. everyone learns. And that’s why we’re here, right?

    Again- great stuff….. Thanks to all!

    Mark J

  • Moonhare

    Member
    January 23, 2022 at 5:06 am

    First off happy TACiversary @mkjohnsons! Well deserved. So many resonances with my guitar journey here- another “COVID-baby TAC-er” (love that!) after 41 years of picking up my guitar and then putting it down again, scrape off the dust every few years but no progress at all. I would echo everything you said about joining this community and the fabulous support people give to us ‘noobs’. I’ve had assitance on everything from picks that won’t fly out of my fingers when flat picking, to barre chords (and why I can’t do them). I’m glad your first year has gone really well and here’s to year two! I’m 9 months in to TAC and will definitely be signing up for year 2. Keep on Rockin the fretboard. When you’re George Harrison and I’m Jimmy Page we’ll have a jam…

    Take care Darren [Moonhare] 🤟😎🎸

    • the-old-coach

      Member
      January 23, 2022 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks future-Jimmy😀

  • Marty73

    Member
    January 23, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Happy 1st TACiversary I only gets better from here. 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • albert_d

    Member
    January 27, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Happy year 1. And I share with you a desire in 2022 to get a space or situation that would make it easy to record and post.

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