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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.