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.
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 Ray W.!
Out in the middle of the woods in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.
# of Years Played
I got a guitar as a gift from my dad a while ago but didn’t really start working on learning until about 3 or 4 years ago.
Favorite 3 bands:
Three is really too much to ask. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers would have to be up at the top of the list as well as Keb’ Mo’ and Alison Krauss and Union Station. That doesn’t give the whole picture though as I also dig everything from AC/DC to Jesse Cook and have a real soft spot for schlock 80s pop stuff.
How many guitars do you currently own?
Taylor 314ce, Martin 000-15M, Taylor GS Mini, Alvarez RD10, an old Ovation that belonged to my dad, and a Harmony pawn shop Frankenguitar with electric guitar guts that was my first one…so six.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
The obvious answer…because I’m not good enough. I can’t play everything I want to play so I learn.
Why are you an active TAC member?
By participating we become more than a group of individual guitar students. The sharing and encouragement make us all better. The TAC community is one of the biggest reasons why TAC is so special. I feel lucky to be a part of it.
What would you tell TAC members who don’t think they would be good at writing songs?
Just started working on it and I would say the same thing that others have told me…if there’s music in you, let it out.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
Dom T. started a Margaritaville project and, being a Parrothead, I couldn’t resist.
Tell us the story of your first open mic?
Haven’t done an open mic but I’ve performed at church. It involved me singing in Spanish as part of a report on a mission trip.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
I design and build custom speakers for a living, which is a lot of fun. I’m also a home school dad, a runner, and the drummer for the church band.