I was concerned that my crazy “un-plannable” life would result in not being able to spend enough time with the lessons to do much good, and also, I was initially concerned that the lessons might be way too advanced for a non-musically trained (little to no understanding of “theory”, can’t read music) person/ mostly “self-taught” guitar “dabbler”.
Those fears were quickly put to bed by the very supportive and welcoming group of guitar players of all levels, and Tony’s enthusiasm and non-judgemental approach help make it FUN! 😀 My schedule/guitar time are still often a challenge, and sometimes the lessons are “over my head”, but being able to work at my own pace, whether a couple minutes or a half hour at a time, has been very beneficial. And even if I can’t “master” a particular lesson within a day, or a week, being exposed to the training steps is still of immense value.
The option to work into schedule challenges, PLUS having daily skill-builders all laid out. Beyond that, I LOVE that the lessons are explained and demonstrated, then 3 speeds to “play along with”, to help build skill and sense of accomplishment in a linear fashion. The “songs” being divided into manageable “bites”, then finally the entire “piece”, is also very helpful and different than many instructor’s approach. Being able to succeed at a section helps build confidence and sense of accomplishment, so I am much less likely to get overwhelmed, frustrated, and just “give up” because of too many mistakes or trouble with a section, as would otherwise be the case.
I am often exposured to skills and stylistic influences that I otherwise wouldn’t have experienced or had access to, (such as finally starting to learn about flatpicking). It’s also great having songs available to learn that are arranged for various skill levels, vs. trying to find a song to learn, maybe finding a song to learn on my own but realizing it’s not at an appropriate skill level etc. PLUS, since I can’t read music, without Tony’s explaining of the rhythm/timing, advice for HOW to fret the notes or how to learn the picking patterns etc, then the chance to hear what each section should sound like at slower speeds then up-to-tempo, there’s no WAY I’d be able to learn to play a song that I didn’t already know quite well.. which would be more boring, and MUCH more limiting to attempts to improve!
TAC and the fundamentals course are ESPECIALLY helpful for those of us that wouldn’t otherwise have access to much if any guitar instruction of any kind. The ability to get FEEDBACK from Tony and crew is SO, SO, helpful and valuable! I’m always amazed and impressed with how quickly I can find a response to comments to lessons, or inquiries directed to “support”. Whether a question or request to “brainstorm” about the “how” to play something, or ideas to cope with physical challenges, ideas/suggestions re: gear, equipment, useful/important features when selecting a guitar for a particular playing style… the list goes on and on!
TAC Member (4 Months)