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Say hi to Marco!
I was born, raised, and still live in Mexico City; a very big, crowded and chaotic City but with great people full of joy, traditions and very interesting musical interest.
# of years played:
I started practicing guitar about 12 years ago, but I really got into it about 8 years ago when I bought my first guitar.
Favorite 3 Bands?
That is a tough one, I have a lot of favorite bands in many musical genres, but if I have to pick my absolute 3 favorites those would be System of a Down, The Dubliners and The Beatles, I can assure you there are a lot more!
How many guitars do you currently own?
I currently own 12 guitars.
-Taylor 326cek Fall Limited Edition (My personal favorite!!!, bought from Music Villa and reviewed by Tony)
-Taylor GS Mini Rosewood Limited Edition
-Godin Grand Concert SA (Nylon)
-Custom Made Nylon Guitar
-Gibson SG Standard
-Gibson LP Standard (Whit a sweet Honeyburst finish!!!)
-Epiphone Nick Vanelsi Riviera
-Epiphone G1275 Double Neck
-Fender Stratocaster Mexican Made
-2 Self Made Guitars
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
This is something that I’m really passionate about, I love the feeling of realizing that something that was hard to practice or complicated to play just isn´t anymore, there is always something to improve.
Why are you an active TAC member?
When I´m sitting in front of my computer with my guitar it’s the only time of the day I can forget about everything, no work, no stress, nothing else but my guitar and me, and everyone else in the TAC community is so great, I love spending time watching everyone’s videos and leaving comments, I love seeing everybody’s improvement as well!!
Tell us the story of your first open mic?
I’m a very shy guy with a terrible case of stage fright, so I have never played for an audience other than my family but even that is scary sometimes, the first time I played was on a Sunday afternoon visiting my grandma, she always heard me practice and asked when I could perform for her, so I shook all my nerves away and played for everybody, that was a very lovely evening.
But I don´t discard the possibility of my big debut someday at a stage 😛
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
As I said before I have a very bad case of stage fright, so to start getting over that feeling I pushed myself to upload my first video, and everybody’s response was so great that I don´t think I will ever stop uploading now haha my favorite day of the week is Wednesday so I can share with all of you the solo of the week.
What advice would you give to other TAC members trying to write songs?
Just give it a try, anything, even the combination of 2 simple notes can be the beginning of a melody. When I found a sound I like I record it, I have written some tunes with a mashup of several ideas I record, and whenever you are stuck let it rest through the night, you will find the next day that the answer was right there.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
You may wonder why would a guy who doesn´t play live and has stage fright need so many guitars, well one of my best friends is a professional musician and I help him to record sometimes with his band “The Original Ceviche Sound” some backing track guitar and make arrangements for songs he has written.