TAC Spotlight: Mike K.


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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.!


Ontario, Canada

# 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.


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    Gary L

    Hey Mike. Congrats on being featured. Really enjoyed hearing your experience. Look forward to seeing you on TAC.

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    Emma S

    Hi Mike, congratulations on being on the Spotlight. Great selection of bands you like. I’ll have to go and dig out my Neil Young records.

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    Charles B

    Congratulations on your spotlight! I to started my guitar playing or should I say practicing later in life (56) also my other Hobbie is wood working. This is a great site to learn every one is helpful thanks for sharing your story

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    Dave H

    Mike – great read. You have impeccable taste in bands (Neil and The Band in particular).

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    Lynne R

    Congrats. fellow Canadian ! I will look for you on the Stage. You must live close to Ottawa if you frequent Algonquin Park.
    And ALL Canadian guitars!! Way to go.

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      Mike K

      Thanks Lynne, actually live outside Toronto but the family is from “the Valley”.

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    Vic G

    Hi Mike, Congratulations on this week’s spotlight. A crowd of 20 for your first open mic is still a good crowd. Keep doing the good work that your doing and that crowd will grow larger and larger. Enjoy the week.

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    Andrew D

    Congratulations Mike, a well-deserved recognition. Way to represent the CA! And I like to see that you are supporting your homeland’s guitars manufacturers. That is the exact reason why I choose acoustics made in the US.

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      Mike K

      Thanks Andrew, they are great guitars, if the exchange rate ever improves i will go “international” and get that Martin!

  8. pog summers

    great Mike! did you portage your lakes into some of the remote lakes? we go for so long, that we have to take a lot of stuff so couldn’t take my guitar!! great that you did—

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    Congratulations on your spotlight Mike – enjoyed reading your info. Glad you’re here at TAC and have a great week!

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    leslie c

    Great spotlight Mike, I have a brother living in Calgary
    nice to read your interests and desires.
    Best wishes

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    Robert G

    Nice Spotlight Mike; Wizard in Waiting!
    Boy Scouting was indeed informative for many of us in our youth. Had we been aware of a guitar merit badge, you and I may both have started guitar when we now wish we would have. Bugle merit badge doesn’t quite translate to guitar.
    Congrats on the Spotlight.

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    jeff s

    Hi Mike,
    Great spotlight. I saw Bozeman was on your list. Why don’ t you come in June when we will hanging out live. We will be making memories to spare. I am coming from Las Vegas NV and I know there is a Pennsylvania group coming too…Would be great to meet you IRL. Are you west side or east side?

    Playing music with the people you love is a gift. Some of my happiest moments are when we (my two sons. bass and mandolin) are able to play together.

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    Gord B

    hi Mike
    great story…..nice to hear that you have more time now to play and get better…..your story is similar to mine and I find Tony one of the best teachers in the business to have made that possible!
    Gord (also from Ontario)

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