TAC Spotlight: Jason T.


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The TAC Spotlight is a weekly focus on members of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge who have posted at least one performance on the forums and are especially active in the community by showing exemplary support or inspiration for other TAC members. All TAC Spotlight featured members are nominated by other TAC members.

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Say hi to Jason T.!


TEXAS!  A whole ‘nother country, Y’all!

# of years played

Off and on, mostly off, for 23 years….TAC has definitely turned me back to “on.”

Favorite 3 Bands:

Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin are probably my 3 all time favs (Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn get honorable mentions!), but I will listen to anything!  Country to Blues to Classic Rock to Rap to Pop….In a 30 minute span I can go from Hank Williams Sr to Metallica.  If it’s good, then I’m game!

How many guitars do you currently own?

Well….3.3 I guess you could say….I HAVE MY BABY –  The Taylor 614ce that I do my vids with and you can find in my hands 95% of the time I’m playing. 

I have a solid black Epiphone DR-100 that I take with me on trips so my Taylor doesn’t get injured.  That thing’s solid – I can drop it, slam it against the wall, doesn’t matter!  It can take some abuse! 

Then I have a red, Squier Strat that I mess around on when I really want to get wild and keep my family from going to sleep!

So about that .3 of a guitar – It’s a soprano ukulele I like to plunk around on….red with a black burst on the edges….the bridge is shaped like a dolphin!  TOTALLY MANLY!

I’m hoping to make that 4.3 soon – I’m saving up for a Martin 000-EC!  Unfortunately I have a long way to go on that though….

Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?

There’s just something about working on a song or a phrase over and over….continually getting it wrong, only to finally reach that one shining moment where it all falls in line….AND then to get it wrong again the next time, which then usually leads to something else stellar and unexpected.  I am a big believer that mistakes are just opportunities trying to present themselves – at least that’s what I keep telling myself!

Why are you an active TAC member?

First and foremost – the people!  Everyone is so nice and respectful.  It’s amazing to find a place in today’s competitive world where everyone is honestly trying to just help you learn and wants to see you succeed.  Second – Tony’s lessons (not to mention his sense of humor) are amazing!  I feel I have learned more about guitar in 4 months of his 3-5 minute daily videos than I did in my previous 23 years of playing!  It makes it easy by just giving you one thing….just one small thing each day to work on.

What convinced you to submit your first performance video?

It seemed like the thing to do!  Everyone was doing it!  So I just jumped on in!  It wasn’t that great, but everyone made me feel like a star.  The hardest part for me has been figuring out how to get the vids off my phone and onto the site!  I think I drove poor Joel and Levi nuts with one of my early help desk tickets trying to get an item posted!  Sorry, guys!

Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?

I once got on the steps of the park gazebo in my home town….well….I’ve tried to block that experience out….I guess I’m off to talk to my therapist again….thanks for dragging that back up!

What’s the one thing you would tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?

I’m not really a songwriter, but in general, no matter what the subject is – JUST GO FOR IT!  The Beatles didn’t worry that the words “LOVE ME DO” didn’t really make conversational sense!  They just went for it!

What else would be cool for people to know about you?

I am married to my wife of 17 years, April, and together we have 2 sons Austin 15, and Ethan 13.  I am a huge Dallas Cowboy fan, and I love playing fantasy sports almost as much as I love playing guitar.  I also have a Black Belt in Korean Aikido.


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    Gary L

    Jason. My fellow Texan. Congrats on being featured on TAC. Enjoyed learning more about you. Look forward to seeing more of you on TAC.

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    What you wrote in the improvement section is great. Love your attitude. And I’m a big fan of your solo sound. Keep them coming!

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    Heidi H

    Jason, always a pleasure to read your posts and comments! 😀 And of course, your video posts! 😀 Keeps ME encouraged to know that even someone like you struggled with video posting “technology challenges” at one point! 😀
    Greatly appreciate your positive and fun attitude! 😀 Congrats! 😀

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    Charles B

    Congratulations on the spotlight! It’s nice to learn a little about a fellow TAC’er,and I like the 600 series Taylor’s the story behind them is pretty cool.

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    Robert G

    Nice spotlight Jason, Congrats! Your Taylor is sharp. Can’t quite see the sides and back but looks like a lighter shade of a dark wood. I have a Taylor with sides and back of blackhearted tasmanian sassafras. They do a very nice job with their tone woods. Best to you for getting to that new Martin.

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        Robert G

        Just went looking on the web for pics of Taylor’s with curly maple. Very, VERY nice! Now I’m putting curly maple on my wish list. Also liked your wife’s encouragement when you went looking for a 100 or 200 as well as your response … I love her, and my wife too:)

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    Andrew D

    Congratulations Jason T! Always nice to read up on the background of fellow TAC members, where they come from, and where they’ve been. Those new 600 Series Taylor guitars sure are gorgeous. I love the Brown Sugar backs, fretboard inlays, and the back of the headstock. So many fine little touches of excellance, you chose well.

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    Ray M

    Hi Jason , congratulations , I can hardly believe the part where you say about finally getting something right and then it goes wrong again . Just ten minutes before , I had said the same thing to my wife, I had earlier played through Banks of the Ohio , I played it to my wife and it went completely wrong , i am now taking a breather and going to try again . I hope you get your Martin ec , I have one and they are brilliant . All the best Jason ,Ray ,in the UK.

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    Vic G

    Hey Jason, congrats on being spotlighted. It’s great to get to know you a little better and I’m right there with you on your reason for improving on guitar. Can’t wait to see your 000-28EC when you get it. I’ve played that guitar at my local shop and it is certainly a beaut. It will be a well deserved present for yourself.

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    Duane W

    Jason, Congratulation of spotlight selection. Very interesting and fun interview. Loved the “.3” comment about the Uke. I went to the Dallas Guitar Show in 2004, came home with a Uke. The friend I was there with refused to walk next to me the rest of the day. He said it was too embarrassing. I enjoy seeing your videos and can relate to the first time woes.

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      Jason T

      Thanks, Duane! I was probably at that Dallas Guitar Show….I don’t go to all of them, but a lot of them. I’m definitely to the one in 2 weeks!

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    Greg W

    Congrats Jason! Really enjoy your videos and reading more about you and what brought you to TAC. Go Rangers!!

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    Michael S

    Congrats, Jason. Keep workin’ at it. It truly is day by day. You sound like a fun guy.

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    Dave H

    Jason – now your write up was a real hoot! Most enjoyable. Sure am glad you are part of TAC.

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    Congrats on your spotlight Jason (from a fellow Texan!). It’s good to learn a little more about you, and it’s been very cool to see the awesome progress you’ve made in the past few months. Enjoy your week in the spotlight, and keep saving for that new Martin 000-EC.

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      Jason T

      Thanks, Tony! You’ve played an integral part in the progress…..I’ve learned a lot from your vids and comments!

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