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  5. Hi there TAC family;

    Just wanted to share that yesterday 2-20-21 was my 1 year TAC-aversary!

    I joined a lot of clubs and online lessons but the one that I made the most progress with is TAC! 

    Thank you Tony and all the members that have given me advise, answers, and support; you are all great!

    Guitar Geeks Unite! 

    Play On

  6. what internet enhancement do I need for open mic?

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi Dirk.

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Provided you have a camera and a microphone (the ones built into a laptop, tablet or smartphone will work but not ideal) and Zoom (the free version is fine as a participant) you should be good to go. You will need reasonable broadband speed although Zoom does it's best to work with slow connections.

      there's some good information posted by member Brandon K here;

      Best wishes,



  7. From a grandpa of an 11 year old and a 9 year old, that was. well,,,,, awesome!

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  9. All the best to you Christopher.

  10. I would like to start a Jam Club in Fayetteville, NC

  11. Michael J

    Dm Dungeon

    Version 1.0.0

    1 download

    I wasn’t a fan of this lesson when I first heard it, but somehow mysteriously it grew on me!
  12. Today's temp in Chicago... 🌡️ a whopping High of 17 degrees Fahrenheit.🥶

    Let's do the time warp back to two years ago in July/August.☀️

    🎵  ...Memories! 🎵

  13. Michelle, I am not tech savvy, lol. 

  14. Today I am mostly...  NOT a Happy Bunny...!

    But hopefully we get to see the Irish Bloody the Welsh laters... 😉

    1. Dan J G

      Dan J G

      I take it that yesterday's results were not to your liking! 😕

    2. Fletch


      I can't talk about it Dan... I can't... I've erased all memory of the event...!


  15. Today I am Mostly....

    Watching the Rugby....  😃

    Come on England..... 😍

    Image result for england rugby flag

    1. Derrick


      Yay, Six Nations Tourney!!!  Boo, England!  (jk)

    2. Fletch


      U backing the Frenchies then Derrick...?  

      Beatrice will be please not to be alone... :) 

  16. Any chance you recorded my song last night I heard the guitar sounded buzzy wanted to listen and troule shoot that



    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi Hoss,

      Yes, I recorded all the performances and I try to get them out to everyone on Friday or Saturday.

      I'll put a link to your here;


      Any problems, just let me know.


  17. Hi Michelle!  I see that your rank is "chocolate and wine diviner", my aspiration!  How does one achieve this coveted rank!

  18. The importance of being present

    "If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present." --Lao Tzu

  19. Niels thanks for posting that diagram! it has helped me understand the concept much better

  20. I can relate to the online distraction keeping me from practicing. Being new to all this I spend way too much time orienting myself on the program... computer technology is not necessarily what I signed up for, but to learn on that front too, is probably not a bad thing either and once I am more familiar, I will cut back on that distraction and focus on practice...  so much more fun!

    1. JC M

      JC M

      Hi @Herta K. and welcome to TAC. If you haven't already done so, go to the community icon and click "introduce yourself" Once you've done that, if you have any questions on how any of this works there are a bunch of members there (including me) that will gladly help you navigate through all this. Again, welcome and enjoy your guitar journey. See you on the forum😉

  21. One old song that I think sounds great on a 12 string is "Walk Right In"  which was a hit for the

    Rooftop Singers back in the 60's.  You really have to dig with your pick to get the sound they had

    on that.   Another good twelve string song is  "Louise",  Leo Kottke recorded a version back on on early

    album he did.  It's a sad song,  but a good one.  I agree with Ian that "Mr Tambourine Man" makes a good

    twelve string song.  Or "By the Rivers of Babylon"  for a reggae sound. 

    Have fun

  22. "I always wanna listen to new stuff and be learning new styles of playing and pushing myself in different directions... you just have to reach out to different people sometimes to get out of your own circle."  - Molly Tuttle

  23. Wow,  That was a great song.  You play well. 

  24. Trying to join yer open mic I dont see anyone there or I am doing somethin wrong.  

    1. Dennis G

      Dennis G

      Hi Larry, I guess its a time zone thing. I am on between 6and 8 am weekdays CST. But I am still here picking in my kitchen I will get back on so if you want to join in I will be here still picking. Give me a few minutes to get on line.

  25. Hi TJ.  Your "Celtic Wannabe" caught my attention.  I'm a three-week old Guitar Geek  and interested in finding members who play Irish/Celtic music.  Let me know!

    1. T.J


      First, welcome to TAC.  Second, I would be very interested in playing and exchanging music.  

      Let's connect some way (phone, zoom, e-Mail) and figure out how we might be able to help each other.

      Where are you geographically?  I am in the mountains just west of Denver, Colorado (Golden)

      my phone is (303) 526-0214

      my e-Mail is tjc@carneylaw.net

      Oh, and, if you care to come in to watch or play, I am co-hosting a VOM tomorrow, 1/24, at 1:00 Mountain Time, and here is the link:

      Join Zoom Meeting
      Meeting ID: 235 916 5899
      Passcode: 074791
      One tap mobile
      +12532158782,,2359165899#,,,,*074791# US (Tacoma)
      +13462487799,,2359165899#,,,,*074791# US (Houston)
      Dial by your location
              +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
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      Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbYP1zxAHo
      It shows up on the TAC calendar for more information.
      Hope to see you soon.
  26. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
    ― Frederick Douglass

  27. Thanks Niels.  Yes, It's carbon fiber.  It's  Journey Overhead guitar, which can break down to put into an overhead compartment when traveling on on airline.  A great thing about it is that it doesn't seem to be affected by humidity.  I live in Southern California, and the humidity dips into the 20% range quite often, which my wood guitars don't like.  It's also a very easy guitar to play and is becoming my favorite guitar.

  28. Hi Brian, I am interested to find out about the Scone Vom, but can you tell me about the program?  I am new to TAC but I have been playing guitar for a while but not skilled.  


    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman


      Thanks for getting in touch. We meet every other Thursday (more or less) for a couple of hours of fun and entertainment. Next meeting is this Thursday, details are in the TAC calendar.

      There is no pressure to perform. Just listening is absolutely fine. Our meetings are in the evening UK time so that's probably afternoon in Canada. Daniel Morin is one of our regular Canadian members.

      Drop me a PM if there's anything you need to know.

      Best wishes,


    2. Tounie K

      Tounie K

      HI Brian, I will check out.  It sounds like something that I want to ease in and to become comfortable with the playing guitar and singing at the same.  I love to learn from others.  I love TAC community support.  

      Thank you for your reply.  


  29. Because the topic is so vast, the CAGED system often gets presented on a "need to know" basis.  This results in players learning CAGED concepts in a disjointed manner, not seeing the connections between the concepts and how they build on each other.

    There are smarter ways to absorb and integrate CAGED into your playing.  Here's the roadmap I'd recommend:

    • Stage 1 - Learn the octave shapes.  The FBW course assumes that you already know (1) the notes of the fretboard (at minimum the notes of the low E and A strings), and (2) the octave patterns.  If you haven't done this, I would make going through the Foundations of Fretboard Navigation course a priority.  Your objective is to be able to switch between the octave shapes with fluency at a decent speed (~80 bpm)
      • Tony doesn't say this explicitly, but the octave patterns follow the CAGED order.
        • The C shape has roots on strings 2 and 5, two frets apart.
        • The A shape has roots on strings 5 and 3, two frets apart.
        • The G shape has roots on strings 3, 6, and 1, three frets apart.
        • The E shape has roots on strings 6, 1, and 4, two frets apart.
        • The D shape has roots on strings 4 and 2, three frets apart.
        • For example, here are all of the "A" notes on the fretboard.
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    • Stage 2 - Learn the CAGED movable chord shapes.  (This is where the FBW course starts)
      • The work you put in so that you can change fluently between octave shapes will have immediate pay offs here.
      • Practice (1) changing between CAGED shapes, and (2) changing between CAGED shapes and open chord shapes
        • Prioritize the E and A shapes (the most commonly used).
        • Learn the minor CAGED chord shapes (EDCAG system,  
      • Once you've mastered changing between the E and A shapes, you can move to Stage 3 (pentatonic shapes), but continue to practice transitioning between CAGED 


    • Stage 3 - Learn the five CAGED movable pentatonic scale shapes. These are briefly covered in the FBW course, but you'll need to look outside of TAC at this point for a more in-depth, structured approach to learning them. There is no magic bullet to mastering guitar, but the pentatonic scales get you 75% of the way there.  Put in the work and get them into your fingers!
      • Learn the minor pentatonic scales (EDGAC system) and major pentatonic scales (CAGED system). 
        • Learning the movable pentatonic shapes is the easiest way to improv your improv skills.  
          • Take each scale shape one at a time. Expect to spend at least 1-3 weeks on each shape
          • Start with the E movable scale shape.  Then add the adjacent scale shapes.
          • Master of the shapes isn't just doing them flawlessly ascending. You should be able to do them descending, skipping strings, etc.   
          • Highly recommended:
        • Practice scales in a musical context.  Use backing tracks you can find on YouTube (or even on streaming services like Apple Music).  I find backing tracks using apps like Chord Bank makes practicing them fun.  
      • Learn the diagonal patterns that connects the CAGED movable scale shapes.
      • Learn the modifications to the CAGED chord shapes and pentatonic scale shapes
        • Blues pentatonic scale
        • dominant and 7th chord CAGED shapes
        • full major and minor scales

    Most hobbyist guitarists will usually stop at Stage 3.  This represents about 6-12 months worth of sustained work.  This is plenty and enough knowledge to navigate the entire fretboard with confidence and ease. 

    If you want to move into advanced guitarist territory, there's one more level: expanding your improv skills.  The CAGED system is used in combination with other skills to expand your improvisational vocabulary.

    1. CJ-UK


      TY Derrick, just the guidance and roadmap (and 'butt-kick' that I needed) to get back on course with 'fretboard 101'.  Thank you .... 👍 

    2. Arthur L

      Arthur L

      @Derrick,  thank you for this info! Very nicely presented!👍 +JMJ+

      A L 😎🎸

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