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.
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Say hi to Michael D.!
A small town about 30 minutes south east of Buffalo, NY
# of years played
I’ve had a guitar for many, many years, but I have only really tried to play for the past three years. It seems to be similar theme for many of the TAC participants.
Favorite 3 Bands:
My favorite three bands depends on the day J If I had to name three I will go with the Tragically Hip, Tommy Emanuel, who always makes me smile), and The Allman Brothers, One of my favorite bluegrass players, Chis Thele, or Brian Sutton…
How many guitars do you currently own?
I currently own three guitars. My first guitar which is a Fender F-210 dreadnought, which is about 35 years old…and yes, I bought it new), an Ibanez AF 75T, and my favorite a Guid F20R which is an OM sized acoustic.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I have always loved the idea of playing, and I thought it was about time to do something about it.
Why are you an active TAC member?
Well, I first joined because I thought Tony’s playing was fantastic, and rightly so; however, I stayed because the daily lessons and the song lessons are really well structured. The amazing support from the community also helps me stay motivated.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
The support of the community, particularly folks like Dom, Mark Young, Maggie, and Jeff and many, many others made it pretty easy.
Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?
I have yet to play an open mic, but I am planning on doing so this summer. I think it should be fun, and I’ll let my fellow TACers know how it goes
What’s the one thing you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
Just sit down and write. I can’t think about whether or not the song is good while I write it, I just try to write. I know that is not much on advice, but it is my process…also, always have a pencil and paper handy, one never knows when lyrics will hit
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
I am a poet, I teach English at a small boarding school for students with dyslexia and other learning differences, and I have a wonderfully supportive wife, two amazing kids (My daughter is 15 and my son 13), and an 8 year old Siberian Husky named Ming.