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Say hi to Simon T.!
Nottingham,England,(robin hood country!)
# of years played
I started aged about 15,and played up until about 2000,then stopped,band broke up,lost interest,barely played a note until about 4 years ago.
Favorite 3 Bands:
Tough one this!
I would have to say,
Big country(who?you say?!)Scottish band,big in the eighties,Stuart adamson,lead guitarist,was my main inspiration for picking up a guitar
Beach boys and van halen come pretty close.(quite a contrast there eh!!)I was a bit of a “hair”metal fan in the late 80s/90s,motley crue,guns & roses and all that,although I was as much attracted to the lifestyle as the music!ha!!
How many guitars do you currently own?
3,a 1970s Les Paul,my om-21,and a fender cp-100 parlour guitar.
Have owned stratocasters and telecasters that i never should have sold as well!
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I just love playing,I’d like for my son to maybe try his hand at an instrument one day,would be cool to share a common interest.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I Enjoy the forums immensely,and watching people improve,I know my own progress been helped along massively with this website,I love the finger exercises!you are very creative with those Tony! TAC has been a fantastic source of learning and inspiration for me,it has introduced me to some wonderful acoustic artists I would never have found otherwise. I like the focused practice plan,keeps the interest up. So many online lessons and such its very easy to be overwhelmed if you’re just starting out.Tac is all you need!
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
I think the performance videos are a great way at keeping your interest up in the site,and getting feedback from other guitarists,and providing encouragement to others.
Tell us the story of your first open mic?
Open mics are not that common in the uk,and have never done one.But I was in a band from 1996 to 1999,playing electric guitar,all our own material,and did about 70-80 gigs up and down the country,which was great fun.
What’s the one thing you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
Never written my own songs,but have co-written a few when I with the band, I’ve actually just got together with the songwriter (a good friend as well)again over the last couple of months and are hoping to do a bit of an open mic type acoustic memorial gig for a friend who sadly passed away last year.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
The Les Paul that is on my profile picture is a 1974 or 1975 gold top deluxe.I spotted it about 23 years ago in my local music store propped up behind the counter.i asked the guy if it was for sale,he said”oh,that’s some old battered Les Paul that needs a repair to the headstock and a refret,£250 and its yours!Bargain I thought,I took up the offer and had it repaired,it’s a beauty,a bit battered and no where near its original state,the mini humbuckers were removed unfortunately and normal ones put in,the only original thing left on it is the body and neck!!ive had to replace everything else,electrics,machine heads the lot,still sounds great though,and is actually signed on the back by my hero Stuart adamson!so is kind of priceless really!