The ULTIMATE Guitar Practice Routine
Just show up every day, and I'll tell you what to play!
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Say hi to Markov!
# of years played
10 years on and off with a couple of year hiatus when we had our child. Last 3 years I’ve been trying to step it up to the next level 🙂
Favorite 3 Bands:
At the drive in
And so i watch you from afar – if you’ve not hear these lads check em out, a local N.Irish band, best band I’ve ever seen live. http://youtu.be/wABtJGNSl8c
How many guitars do you currently own?
6 and a uke, with hopefully a 7th on the way (once i finish building it 🙂 )
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
After performing with local artists, it really inspired me to get better
Why are you an active TAC member?
I was getting lessons for a couple of years from an amazing teacher, unfortunately she had to go back to Australia. I couldn’t find a good replacement teacher and started looking online. Ive tried many different online sites over the years, but none were what i was looking for. Your site is different, the daily challenges and the emphasis on daily practice has really helped my playing improve. I don’t get a huge amount of time to practice with work and family commits, but a small amount of daily practice is better than a couple of hours once a week. Also you’ve a huge selection of great songs that i really want to learn. Theres a great community spirit on the forum, and you inject great personality into the lessons, they’re full of life 🙂
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
The wizard badge :). Up till now id always put off recording myself, a certain amount of fear of putting myself out there perhaps…it just gave me that extra little incentive to take the next step and get recording.
Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?
Wasn’t quite an open mike, but my one and only gig was with a band formed from local singer songwriters into a kind of supergroup, for world culture day. There is no real venue in our town so we came up with a novel solution. We knocked out the window of a local shop (with permission) and did the gig right onto the street.
What’s the one thing that you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think that they’d be good at writing songs?
I’d like to know myself, i think i’m at the stage where i’d like to try it.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
We all had make up names in a band i was briefly in, mine was Markov polaroid, but the real name is Paul. When i play i’m Markov 🙂
I’m making a classical guitar in a course. Love it, its fascinating the work involved, and hope to make many more.