The ULTIMATE Guitar Practice Routine
Just show up every day, and I'll tell you what to play!
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.
If you’d like to nominate someone to be honored with a TAC Spotlight feature, please submit your nominee here.
Say hi to Malcolm S.!
# of years played
Favorite 3 Bands:
Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, Geoff Lynne/ELO
How many guitars do you currently own?
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I love the sound a guitar makes when played well. I love popular music, country, ragtime and blues and get more satisfaction from playing it rather than just listening although I enjoy listening too.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I don’t really see the point of being a passive member of an organisation. I enjoy the exercises, songs and other challenges. You don’t get far in any sphere of life being a wallflower.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
Initially I didn’t take the daily exercises, concentrating on the songs. I spent ages practising Brendas Blues and the Last Steam Engine Train trying in vain to get somewhere near Tony’s speed and standard. However listening to other members performance efforts which were similar in standard to mine, encouraged me to video and upload my performance. Being able to see many other students and listen in to their performance standard is an advantage you do not get with live lessons from a guitar teacher. You would have to go to jam sessions etc.
Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?
I initially did some open mic singing but my first effort singing and playing my Tanglewood was Bob Dylan’s Times they are a’ changing. The most difficult part was learning Bob’s clever lyrics because I thought it was a bit wimpish to have a song sheet. I also had to transpose the key to suit my (more mature) voice.
What’s the one thing you would tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
I don’t write songs but even the best composers must have written poor songs to start with. If you are the sort of person who learns by their mistake then you will improve. Just look at George Harrison’s early songs and compare them with Something, Here Comes the Sun and All things must Pass. Any musical development, composing or playing takes time.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
When I retired from full time work as a teacher of chemistry and physics my wife encouraged me to buy a guitar. I now have three guitars and ukulele. I think that playing a musical instrument is a great way of keeping your mind active.