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  • My 5th TACiverary Story

    Posted by Marty73 on December 18, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Today is my 5th TACIVERSARY (1,717 Playing Sessions)

    I joined TAC on Dec. 18th 2017 but my profile date is shown as of Jan. 1st, 2018.

    “So I am celebrating my TACIVERSARY on Dec. 18th, 2022”

    1. Where were you with guitar when you joined?

    In the beginning, I played guitar off and on for many year. I just learned basic chords. I was self taught.

    I played a 12 string Ovation for 5 years with a church folk group on Sundays & at special public events. “Life got in the way” and I put the guitar down for over 30 years.

    I got the itch to play again after so many years and had to pick up the guitar because it was driving me nuts!! After picking it up again, I had to go through the pain of rebuilding the calluses on my fingers. What a pain that was! I also found out that I was much older and the fingers were not as nimble as they use to be. (arthritis)

    I got stuck in a rut with my playing and was becoming frustrated till TAC came into my life. All changed after that!

    I do know how to read standard music and how to transpose a song and how to use a capo.

    I am also now a FRETBOARD WIZARD Grad and was a TAC Mentor under the old Forum

    I have done FRETBOARD WIZARD 4 times. I use this course as a refresher when Tony runs it. The “Newbie’s” motivate me in the live sessions and I find them educational. The new re-write of the FRETBOARD WIZARD is Outstanding! You did a nice job on it Tony. Your section on the CAGED system was simplified!

    2. What are three things you can do now that you couldn’t do before TAC?

    1) I can now write my own songs and transpose them, if I have to, thanks to FretBoard Wizard

    2) I can now play songs from memory and don’t have to rely on a cheat sheets.

    I learned how to finger pick for the first time on TAC Something I always wanted to learn to do!!! And my speed is getting faster and faster! lol

    I have learned lot of songs this past year and have memorized many of them I have over 150 songs in my guitar list!!! I have over 60 songs posted on Youtube.

    I have also moved up the neck and am playing more bar chords!

    I have be gone to developed my own style of playing.

    3) I have played live on VOM and am getting over the stage fright

    3. Complete this statement: It would be amazing if this time next year I can ________.

    Do split screen videos of me playing all parts of a song, become more comfortable at playing solo’s. (This still hasn’t happen)

    Find local player to jam with.

    I believe in Tony’s teaching method so much that I became a Life Member! Thanks Tony and TAC staff!

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 3 months ago 7 Members · 17 Replies
  • 17 Replies
  • albert_d

    Member
    December 18, 2022 at 6:54 am

    I am so pleased to read of your TAC [long tenured over 1,700] playing sessions. You’ve seen TAC develop and evolve along side your own guitar journey and you are an encourager to your fellow Guitar Geeks in the forums. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and may you continue to find the joy in music through application of theory and improvement in technique. It does our aging brains good to put songs to memory and perform them so here is to staying sharp and active. Congratulations.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  albert_d. Reason: Hit post before finished
    • Marty73

      Member
      December 20, 2022 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    December 18, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Happy 5th TACiversary @Marty69 👏🎂🍾🥂👍🎸🤟

    I loved reading the narrative of your journey and I wish you many, many more TACiversaries!

    P.S. I hope that your dream of finding someone local to jam with comes true🎄

    • Marty73

      Member
      December 20, 2022 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Bill 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • Kitman

    Member
    December 18, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Congratulations on your TACiversary, @Marty69 ! Thank you for sharing some details of your inspiring guitar journey and also thank you for your support and contributions to the TAC community! 👏🎉😃😎🎶🎸

    • Marty73

      Member
      December 20, 2022 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    December 18, 2022 at 7:50 am

    @Marty69 You have made an amazing journey and glad that you have made TAC a lifetime membership. What a great personal goal you set up for yourself, Can’t wait to see your split screen video with playing and playing a solo. 🙂

    • Marty73

      Member
      December 20, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      I know I can do the split screen video but I don’t know what software to use to do it. 😪😎

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        December 21, 2022 at 6:30 am

        @Marty69 OBS Studio was recommended to me. I have to sit down and try to figure it out. https://obsproject.com/ It’s free, you can install it on Windows, macOS, Linux. I think @Kitman uses it. or put up a post if anyone uses it that can give some insight.

  • the-old-coach

    Member
    December 18, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Marty–

    Wow!– Thank you for your detailed and well-thought-out post!

    It is a great post for those of us coming along “behind” you on our own guitar-journey(s).

    You have provided almost a road-map. We’re all gonna be a little different, for sure, but you have marked the trail.

    Thanks for sharing your story, congrats on FIVE YEARS(!), and thanks as well for all the specifics.

    theoldcoach

    • Marty73

      Member
      December 20, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      So far, it’s been a fun journey and I have and am learning a lot. 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • Kitman

    Member
    December 21, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Hi @Marty69 and @Cadgirl I have used OBS however not extensively. It is possible to show 2 or more video feeds at once with OBS.

    • Marty73

      Member
      December 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks @Kitman & @Cadgirl I just downloaded it and installed it on my PC. Will play with it over the Holidays. Merry Chistmas! 👍🧙‍♂️😎

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        December 21, 2022 at 3:57 pm

        @Marty69 good luck and have fun. 🙂

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    December 21, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Hey @Marty69 ;

    Thanks for posting your TACiversary. It’s always inspiring to hear how TAC has made guitar journeys grow and flourish. I used to think: “Well, it happened for them, I know it’ll happen for me”. But now I get to say: “Cool, another person who has (past tense) been given an amazing acoustic life, compliments of TAC”.

    I love that I have come so far. I love to see others come so far. And what’s cool is how we all have our own unique guitar journey.

    I’m sure you will make your goals. Yes, OBS can make split screen recordings. However, they are live. You can use it to stream a previous recording along with a current performance and then record that. But that’s a bit tedious. You might want to download another free program called Shotcut. It’s a very simple, but quite capable, video editor. That way you can make the pieces and then put them together. You’ll find it easirer to make a split screen recording with a video editor than streaming software.

    And I have seen you on the VOMs. You are always a welcome addition. The pieces you play are always well prepared and quite entertaining. I hope to see you more.

    MG 😀

    • Marty73

      Member
      December 22, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Mike! Downloading the “Shortcut” software now. 😊😎

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        December 22, 2022 at 10:40 pm

        👍😊

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