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Say hi to Tony M
For the past 18yrs I have been living here in Allentown, 😉 PA, 20 minutes from the Martin Factory. I am native to Long Island NY(south shore).
# of Years Played
To make a short story long to make myself more interesting…
In my teens I played drums and trombone, I still do play drums in a band for fun once in a very blue moon. As a kid I always thought the guitar was for pretty boys(hair bands) and it just looked way too complex for me(typical Drummer). I also hacked a little at a piano my parents had, which I wish I took more seriously. When I was in my early twenties I was far from home at school and missing the music element in my life.
One day before Christmas I walked into a Guitar Center In Dallas, TX and bought a Squire Strat with a small amp. I had a buddy show me a few chords and I loved it. I never really practiced per say but I would always try to figure out songs from great guitarists and of course they were usually the virtuoso type (my poor roommate). I learned the power chord and I went to town trying to emulate my hero’s; Van Halen, Led Zep, Rush, Def Leppard before 83, Mike Campbell(tom petty’s band), Guns n Roses, SRV and of Course AC/DC to name a few. I quickly realized that being good took a ton of work and I had little time to dedicate to it because I was pursuing my career which took up all of my time.
Life moved on and I would break out the guitar once in a while and have some fun, basically rehearsing the songs I knew and trying to learn some new ones. I picked up a Yamaha APX acoustic along the way and enjoyed strumming it.This guitar is most sentimental to me because I played it to my wife on our first date (I know, I know, it’s cheesy… but it worked, trust me, she’s way out of my league 😉
Fast Forward 20 yrs, marriage, job advancement, move with new company, house and 4 Kids. I still feel as though I am just noodling around. I buy an Epiphone Les Paul, and a Washburn Rover (travel guitar which I do a lot of) along the way. Then a little over a year ago I bought my wife a grand piano. I did a lot of research before buying it (good idea). Just like the guitar I learn that quality is huge. Whenever we play it we love it, It makes us want to play it often, and in an odd way it sparks some GAS.
I now start to pursue a high end acoustic feeling that a nice instrument inspires and come across this dude who looks like Ashton Kutcher reviewing guitars on Youtube playing Bluegrass. I’ll admit I never hated bluegrass folksy stuff, although I never loved it either. But this guy really got my attention with his precision and sound and he was great at the reviews. I then, with his advice and some footwork, bought my 2014 Taylor 814ce. Subconsciously I said to myself that I owe it to this fine instrument to learn how to play better and I wanted to take lessons. It was like it was meant to be, Amazingly I got an Invite from the “Bearded One”aka “Fretboard Finger Wizard” to take online lessons with him and learn how to play those beautiful songs. It was a no brainer. So to sum it up over 20yrs, but 1 serious year with TAC’s help and Still having a lot of fun!!
Favorite three bands
Like asking who’s your favorite kid..
Man cant we do Ten at least???
OK ,OK. Rush, Zepplin, U2, Tom Petty.. I cant add hehe
But I would be a liar to say Springsteen, Mellencamp and Joel did not Influence me Huge!
Dang, come to think of It Twenty is not enough!
How many guitars to you currently own?
Well I have my Squire Strat, Yamaha APX-4A, Epiphone Les Paul Ultra 3, Washburn Rover, 2014 Taylor 814ce, 2015 Martin CEO-7, and I see more Martins and a real Strat in my future
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
I never did a live open mic as a guitar player.. not yet that is( ;)Dom) I did post a few videos on TAC over time. I must say that it was not easy. I was having a bit of stage fright and at first I think I was trying to get it down perfect. As time went on I started to realize that immediately being a perfect guitarist was not why I was here. I also started to find great people who were not perfect players either and we were all just enjoying and supporting each other through our TAC Journey together(speak of another Great Band). My goal is to try to get competent while keeping the enjoyment and relaxation. My day job requires me to travel a bunch and I am limited for time. I just focus mostly on the daily lessons along with the monthly song, so posting some videos for me is limited.
A quick thank you
To conclude, I really want to thank Tony P and the TAC Crew ( Joel and Levi) along with all of you fine Members (TAC Family) for a great experience. It really has been fun and you all are just so darn nice.