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 Ron L.!
# of years played
I have owned a guitar for over 20 years but didn’t play it with any regularity. Sometimes I wouldn’t pick it up for a year at a time.
Favorite 3 Bands:
This is a really hard question since there are so many that I like but three of my favorites are
SRV, Derek & the Dominos & Jackson Browne
How many guitars do you currently own?
I own seven guitars. Two electric, two acoustic and three Cigar Box Guitars. Up until a couple of years ago I had one electric & one acoustic.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I enjoy music & being able to play a song that I like on the guitar is great fun but it would be so much better if learning a new song was a little easier.
Why are you an active TAC member?
The only way to improve at guitar is practice & the TAC lessons give me something new to practice every day & that keeps me focused & motivated.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
Seeing the videos from other TAC members with all different skill levels convinced me that I could do it too.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
My most recent guitar is a 1964 Gibson LG-0 that I rescued from craigslist. It had a plastic bolt-on bridge. The guitar had ladder bracing & the top had bowed up from string tension over the years & it needed the neck reset. I sent it to Scott Baxendale in Athens, Georgia who converted it to x bracing, planed & reset the neck, installed new frets, a rosewood bridge & a bone nut & saddle. I just got it back a couple of days ago & the transformation is amazing.
I got interested in Cigar Box Guitar when I came across a Justin Johnson video on Youtube. I couldn’t resist building one for myself. Half the fun of a CBG is building it so I built a couple more. Like anything guitar related, you always want just one more.
I have lived in Iowa for all of my life except for 4 years spent in the Navy. I have traveled across the US to all but seven states, Montana is one of the states I haven’t seen yet but maybe I’ll get there for the TAC retreat next year.