The ULTIMATE Guitar Practice Routine
Just show up every day, and I'll tell you what to play!
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Say hi to Jason S.!
# of years played
I used to play in college for a couple of years, albeit poorly. I’d say that collectively I have played for 2 or 3 years over a 25 year span.
Favorite 3 Bands:
Pink Floyd / David Gilmour (still riding the high from seeing him at MSG last month)
(Man it is hard to pick 3!)
How many guitars do you currently own?
I have a single 1994 Washburn D-12s. I have a Taylor GS Mahogany Mini on the way (I might even have it by the time you read this)
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I love the sound of the guitar. I am always amazed when someone plays something stunningly beautiful on the guitar. I am equally amazed when I can copy a lick or a tune and marvel at how simple some of this is when you break it down (even if my version pales in comparison to the original). It is empowering for me to see that I can accomplish something and I hope to one day amaze someone with something that I have done on the guitar and inspire them to push their own boundaries and do something beautiful as well.
Why are you an active TAC member?
You get out of it what you put into it. This program has given me more advancement in playing and has inspired me to practice like no other. I can tell that I’m improving where in the past I never got past strumming chords to classic rock songs (even when I had an electric guitar and a sweet Mesa/Boogie amp that I regret selling to this day).
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
I wanted that performance badge! Gamification can really do wonders for pushing people out of their comfort zone. Look at all the people who run marathons for medals! Same thing works here!
Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?
I have never performed an open mic. To be honest I think that is in the best of the poor patrons attending the open mic event at this point in time. Maybe someday, but for now I still get nervous just videoing myself and you all are super supportive of whatever we lay on tape!
What’s the one thing you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
I have only written a few really, really bad songs so my advice is this: just write songs. You don’t get better by thinking about it. You have to just do it.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
When time and conditions permit I love to fly High Powered Rockets. A fun hobby for sure but you are very weather and schedule dependent to get them off the ground.