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# of Years Played
3-years at the end of December 2015
Favorite three bands
I listen to anything and everything, but if I had to choose I’d select these three: Led Zeppelin / Pearl Jam / Kings of Leon. Now that’s what I prefer to listen too, but for some reason I just dig playing Fiddle Tunes and Bluegrass songs.
How many guitars to you currently own?
I currently own three guitars, but I am searching for a new Dreadnaught to fill the Fiddle Tune/Bluegrass itch that burns deep inside me: Taylor 314ce / Little Martin LX / Epiphone ES-339.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I cancelled lessons with my instructor because the guitar school was always changing their teaching philosophy and my fellow classmate’s failure to practice held me back. When I was searching for a new guitar program, I was looking for a program that was designed for my success. Meaning if I followed the instructor’s plan and accomplished the work that was asked of me, I would improve and become a better guitar player. After I signed up as a TAC member I knew right away this was the type of instruction I was searching for. I believe the philosophy here at TAC is quite simple, pick up your guitar each day for at least 10-minutes and follow the practice plan. After that, the choices and options here seem endless. Often what happens is that 10-minutes will turn into an hour or longer. Being an active TAC member here in TAC-land is the fun part. I’m surrounded by kind and supportive guitar geeks who share the same passion as I do. And being an active TAC member is part of the learning experience here, so I feel it is my duty to participate if I want to improve and grow – which I do!
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
Initially I watched several videos posted by other TAC members to try to understand what this part of the teaching program was all about. I quickly noticed the wide skill-level of the TAC members ranged from Beginners all the way to Advance students. So once I realized these people were just like me – people who wanted to improve at playing guitar – I had no reservations about posting my first video. And posting a video is also part of the learning experience, because the video evidence doesn’t lie. I end up practicing and learning a song way longer than I would if I didn’t record myself.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
When I started guitar, I was looking for a hobby that I could take into retirement someday. I enjoy practicing, but I love it even more when I improve. And in my opinion, anything worth doing is worth doing well.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
I studied Tae Kwon Do for 10-years during which I achieved my 2nd degree Black Belt. When I turned 40-years old, I decided that if I wanted to be able to walk when I reach my 60th birthday, I had better find a new hobby. After six months of boredom, I decided to give guitar a try. I haven’t looked back since.