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 Mike K.!
# of years played
Favorite 3 Bands:
Beatles, Eagles, Blue Rodeo, Lynyrd Skynrd, Neil Young, The Band, SRV, and many many more…
I forgot Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds as favorites, they are amazing too.
How many guitars do you currently own?
Three Canadian made acoustics( Seagull Mini Jumbo, S&P 12 string and a Larrivee L-10) and an Epiphone ES-135 electric.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I am in awe of those who can play, I want to play well, I wished I had started in my teens but only got started in my late 40’s. Just like when I am building furniture( my other hobby) I find it incredibly relaxing to do and rewarding to create something good, be it an oak cabinet or awesome chord progression.
Why are you an active TAC member?
To get better. I joined because of Tony’s guitar demos, ” the Leprechaun and Queen Latifah” challenge and the “bourbon tasting” TAC Hangout. I am self taught but hit a roadblock with the DVD course I was doing. The bottom line was that I realized that my advancement was hindered because i needed to improve my fundamentals( strumming, flatpick and fingerpick). The practice plans challenge me, the variety is amazing, and the positive vibe and support of Tony, Joel, Levi and the entire community of guitarists works for me. I am an old boy scout so i get the “badges” and who doesn’t wan’t to be a Wizard, come on!
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
I want to be a “Wizard”!, No seriously it was the non threatening support of the community that made it OK to give it a shot. That was the push, the fact that so many just love to play, with a wide range of skill, all trying to get better.
Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?
Have not done one, the closest experience would be a crowd of 20 at our Family Camping trip to Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario ( cue “Helpless”)
What’s the one thing that you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think that they’d be good at writing songs?
Do it! because I can’t! I will learn from you.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
I am a father of three, have a very supportive wife, I have taught high school Phys Ed and coached basketball, football and rugby for 29 years. My guitar dreams include a Martin 00-17 or 18, SRV’s “little Wing”, a jam session with my ” new to guitar playing” son and brother and a trip to Nashville ( or Bozeman!). thanks for your support and interest.