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Say hi to Karol!
Born and raised in Southern California where I currently live.
# of Years Played
I started playing when my son was in high school and started taking in home lessons. He and the teacher were having way too much fun. That was about 15 years ago. I just dabbled until about 4 years ago when I got more serious.
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How many guitars do you currently own?
I have six electric guitars, one acoustic with a new one on the way, one electric bass and a ukulele.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I have to constantly be learning! Guitar gives me a sense of accomplishment, personal challenge and mental stimulation.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I became an active TAC member for the accountability and encouragement. The environment on the forum is non-threatening and very positive. The daily practices were just what I needed to get me going each day. My biggest stumbling block has always been deciding what to practice or what to do next. TAC makes the decision for me! And once the guitar is out, I’m motivated to keep playing. Watching the performance videos on the forum motivates me to learn those songs too.
What would you tell TAC members who don’t think they would be good at writing songs?
Learning a little music theory really helps in songwriting! Once you know which chords go well together, it’s just a matter of embellishing and substituting to make it interesting. Hey, if Bob Dylan can make a career out of three chords, you can write a tune or two!
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
I watched the videos submitted by other members and read the comments and that gave me the courage to submit my first video. It’s a safe place to share,
Tell us the story of your first open mic?
I’ve never played an open mic. I work with Junior High Special Ed students and I have taken my guitar to play for them in the classroom. There are several other adults in the classroom so I was nervous but it went well. This year I’m teaching the students Someone to Lava and hopefully they will perform in the spring talent show.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
I’m a science and trivia junkie as well as a music theory junkie. I’ve been married 33 years. We have a son, a daughter, one grandson and a grandchild on the way.