“I’ve been a member of TXBA now for over a year. It was “Stevie Snacks” on YouTube that drew my attention, as I’ve been an SRV fan for many years. It was February of 2021 that I decided it was time to start playing my guitar again. With work, family, other interests, and obligations, 6 years had passed since I played.
So, I grab my acoustic and begin. It was a painful 5 minutes. My hands were so tight, and my fingertips were on fire! It was over before it began.
I texted my son and told him my story. He thought it was hilarious! He asked if I would like to borrow one of his electric guitars. I borrowed his Telecaster. I’ve never been comfortable or confident enough to play electric, but I was determined! It’s now or never. It did the trick. It was much more friendly on my hands.
As I began to gain a little steam, I would see guitar courses on YouTube. I would explore them and learn a few licks here and there. I knew chords and some songs. But my goal was to learn to use the whole fretboard. Then I came across a video from TXBA on “speed” that cemented my decision to become a local. The Spider Drills on this course brought my hands back to life!
I’ve never had any formal training. I’m self-taught, playing by sight and sound. What I know I learned from watching and listening to my dad play and picking up tips through the years. That is exactly what I’m doing now as a member of TXBA. Watching, listening, and playing.
At 58, I’m much older than Anthony, but he knows much more about the guitar than I do. It doesn’t stop there! I’ve learned how to understand and use effect pedals, thanks to Anthony. He also gives tips on amp settings. I mean it’s great to have some kind of reference.
My favorite feature, however, is the Pro Player. Back in the day, I would play a record, 8-track, cassette even CD’s. You had to listen to the whole song over and over. It was not easy to stop on a particular lick or phrase you were trying to learn. With the Pro Player BOOM! You can loop a lick or phrase, learn it, and go on to the next. The next day you pick up right where you left off. No rewinding.
Look, the long and short of it, I’ve lived for others, been responsible, made sacrifices, as we all do. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. But now I have TIME to do something for myself, something I’ve always been passionate about. For the last 3 months I’ve been playing in a 3-piece band with my son, who plays the bass, and his friend on drums. Excuse my grammar, “I ain’t gonna lie, I’m having a blast!”
This program is not for everyone. But, if, for starters, you can commit to playing an hour a day, it will transform your playing. The Great Philosopher James Marshall Hendrix once said, “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” It’s been 2 ½ years and still at it! Still watching. Still listening. Still learning. TXBA is my TREAT to me! Make it your treat to you!
Phil Soto from Marshall, Mo.