It’s that time of the month where we do a round up of updates, announcements, and a sneak peek into what’s coming.
Much of this was covered in the August Member Hangout Q&A. If you missed it, click here to watch the replay.
The ULTIMATE Guitar Practice Routine
Just show up every day, and I'll tell you what to play!
We had a blast as usual but we also completely changed up the format. We’d love to hear your feedback.
Keep this new format? Go back to the old format?
ANNOUNCEMENT: Three winners of the give-away
The winners of the Annual Member give-away:
- Grand Prize: Brad L won the Martin Dreadnought JR!
- Acoustic Care Package #1: Wayne T. W.
- Acoustic Care Package #2: Catherine C.
This Annual Membership drive and give-away had a larger purpose of course.
Behind the scenes we’ve been working hard on a major redesign of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge.
To make sure that the next phase of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge is the best it can be, we’ve hired a team of developers to turn our vision into reality. This major upgrade requires resources, and those who’ve upgraded to annual recently have been an important part of making it possible to allocate the much needed resources to the development of TAC 2.0.
A big thanks to all who’ve upgraded! It means the world to us, but most of all it’s a big does of validation that TAC is a valuable part of your lives.
We haven’t set an ETA of TAC 2.0 but we expect to see the finished version late next week (third week of August) and then we’ll begin testing. If everything checks out, we should be able to launch in September!
To see a sneak peek of TAC 2.0 and leave your feedback, visit this forum thread where we made the announcement last week.
NEW: Tony’s Buyers Guide
Tony has just released his 2015 Acoustic Buyers Guide! The quickest way to get your hands on it is to click the link below:
NEW: Wednesday Improv Change
To create more focus and make things more intuitive and fun, the Wednesday Improv section of Practice Plan has changed.
In the past Tony would teach the scale one week, then the following week he would give you the backing track and have you improvise over a chord progression using the previous week’s scale.
Now every Wednesday contains all elements: Learn the scale, download the backing track and improvise over Tony’s progression, then record yourself and submit for feedback!
Everyone is LOVING this new format. And there’s now a forum to post your video submissions called “Solo Zone”.
A PRACTICE PLAN EXPERIMENT: Simplifying Practice Plan
This week we’ll be trying out a simpler, more focused version of Practice Plan. Tony has made a quick video for you to check out that explains what he’s up to.
The main point of this week’s experiment is to get your comments and feedback on this new format!
COMING SOON: Tony’s Acoustic Foundation Tool Kit
One of the most requested additions to TAC is a sort of “getting started” course that will get you off on the right foot and fully prepared to get the most out of Practice Plan and the Song Lessons.
Well, production for “Tony’s Acoustic Foundation Tool Kit” is in full force and you can look forward to seeing this in the next several weeks. Stay tuned!
ANNOUNCEMENT: iTunes Podcast version of The Acoustic Letter coming soon & Another Martin Dreadnought JR give-away
If you didn’t win this month’s drawing for the Martin Dread JR, you’ll soon have another chance at it.
Soon we’ll be launching the iTunes Podcast version of The Acoustic Letter. We’re excited about this because we’ll be able to make it a more structured feed of guitar reviews, quick guitar lessons, and interviews, plus we’re hoping to expose Tony’s awesomeness to people who’ve yet to discover him.
How you can help:
Once we launch the podcast, we’ll really need the help of TAC members to subscribe, watch, and leave reviews within a very compressed time frame so the iTunes algorithms treat us favorably and launch us into the “New & Noteworthy”.
As we get closer to launch day, we’ll give you more specifics on how you can help.
For helping us complete this important launch mission, we’ll be raffling another guitar!
Leave your thoughts and feedback below!