TAC Spotlight: Andrew Dunn

Andrew Dunn

The TAC Spotlight is a weekly focus on members of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge who have posted at least one performance on the forums and are especially active in the community by showing exemplary support or inspiration for other TAC members. All TAC Spotlight featured members are nominated by other TAC members.

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Say hi to Andrew Dunn


Richland, Washington

# of Years Played

3-years at the end of December 2015

Favorite three bands

I listen to anything and everything, but if I had to choose I’d select these three: Led Zeppelin / Pearl Jam / Kings of Leon.  Now that’s what I prefer to listen too, but for some reason I just dig playing Fiddle Tunes and Bluegrass songs.

How many guitars to you currently own?

I currently own three guitars, but I am searching for a new Dreadnaught to fill the Fiddle Tune/Bluegrass itch that burns deep inside me: Taylor 314ce / Little Martin LX / Epiphone ES-339.

Why are you an active TAC member?

I cancelled lessons with my instructor because the guitar school was always changing their teaching philosophy and my fellow classmate’s failure to practice held me back.  When I was searching for a new guitar program, I was looking for a program that was designed for my success.  Meaning if I followed the instructor’s plan and accomplished the work that was asked of me, I would improve and become a better guitar player.  After I signed up as a TAC member I knew right away this was the type of instruction I was searching for.  I believe the philosophy here at TAC is quite simple, pick up your guitar each day for at least 10-minutes and follow the practice plan.  After that, the choices and options here seem endless.  Often what happens is that 10-minutes will turn into an hour or longer.  Being an active TAC member here in TAC-land is the fun part.  I’m surrounded by kind and supportive guitar geeks who share the same passion as I do.  And being an active TAC member is part of the learning experience here, so I feel it is my duty to participate if I want to improve and grow – which I do!

What convinced you to submit your first performance video?

Initially I watched several videos posted by other TAC members to try to understand what this part of the teaching program was all about.  I quickly noticed the wide skill-level of the TAC members ranged from Beginners all the way to Advance students.  So once I realized these people were just like me – people who wanted to improve at playing guitar – I had no reservations about posting my first video.  And posting a video is also part of the learning experience, because the video evidence doesn’t lie.  I end up practicing and learning a song way longer than I would if I didn’t record myself.

Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?

When I started guitar, I was looking for a hobby that I could take into retirement someday.  I enjoy practicing, but I love it even more when I improve.  And in my opinion, anything worth doing is worth doing well.

What else would be cool for people to know about you?

I studied Tae Kwon Do for 10-years during which I achieved my 2nd degree Black Belt.  When I turned 40-years old, I decided that if I wanted to be able to walk when I reach my 60th birthday, I had better find a new hobby.  After six months of boredom, I decided to give guitar a try.  I haven’t looked back since.


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    Michael D

    Andrew, a bit late to the party, but congrats on the spotlight, and I can’t wait to see you post when you find that elusive Dread.

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    jeff s

    Andrew, congrats. Great profile. Your motivation to get better is my motivation to get better. I can only imagine what a drag it must have been to attend group class where nobody was on your page. I guess life sifts us out and all the good ones land here at TAC and the chaff just blows away in the wind…kinda like dust….in the wind. And we are all not that. We are the players. I am happy to benefit from your creative process, it has made me better. Play on and maybe we will meet at the very least in Bozeman next Summer. Bozeman,,,,epic.

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    Bruce B

    Andrew, congrats. I don’t know why I missed your announcement earlier this week, but hopefully it’s not too late to pass my best wishes along to you.

    As for the video, that’s not showing up on my computer either, so I missed the six shooter sequence. 🙁

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      Andrew D

      Hey Bruce, never too late. Thanks for the kind words, I always enjoy reading your post comments. Not really sure why I was selected, but maybe they just throw darts at a map and I got lucky.

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    Tony P


    A well deserved spotlight for you!!! Anyone who can magically pull a six shooter out of thin air and spin it with such finesse gets two thumbs up in my book!!! Thank you for being here and thank you for sharing your performances with us!!! Keep up the fantastic work and I look forward to seeing more videos, especially when you find that elusive dreadnaught for fiddle tunes 🙂


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      Andrew D

      Thank you Tony, you are an awesome instructor. You and your team do an incredible job at developing weekly concise instructions for us to follow. I rarely find myself lost or confused from the videos. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us in helping us to improve at becoming the best guitar players we can be. All of the your hard work over the years is paying dividends to your faithful minions.

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    Ray W

    Nice to meet you, Andrew! Also nice to see another TKD practitioner. I haven’t quit yet but I’ve slowed down a bit. I figure I’ll do silly stuff like that and playing hockey until I can’t anymore. 🙂

    Your “shootout” video was a hoot! Great job!

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      Andrew D

      Thanks Ray, glad you liked the video. I’m guessing like the others you were laughing at me and not with me.

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    Dom T

    Andrew, congrats on your well-deserved spotlight!
    I totally understand where you are coming from regarding lessons at a school. It can be a great or a horrible experience, Even if it is neither, it can be less than what you need to get where you want to be. Enjoy your spotlight, and maybe do a little summit summit for us as a celebratory video. 😉 Glad you are here with us.

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      Andrew D

      Thanks Dom, and I need to also thank you for being so gracious with your time in responding to my email questions. I can only assume more will be coming as I never seem to stop asking questions.

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    A well deserved recognition, Andrew! I enjoyed learning a little more about you – thank you for sharing a little piece of your life with us!

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      Andrew D

      Thank you Miss. Maggie for being so kind and responding to all my questions, keep the songs coming, we all enjoy listening to them.

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      Andrew D

      I will certainly post videos if when I decide on a new Dreadnaught. Have you thought of switching over and becoming a Buffalo Sabres fan? The team is young and we have Eichel.

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    nowhere man

    Andrew, it’s great learning more about you. I can really relate to the wanting to find a hobby that will keep you able to walk when you are older item. 🙂 I’ve had to start thinking that way too! Love your performances!

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    Thanks for sharing your story, Andrew. I find inspiration in your disciplined approach to learning. Keep it up! I always enjoy seeing your performances. To me you embody the verb “to strive.” Have a great week!

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      Andrew D

      Thanks Dru, appreciate the kind words, didn’t even know you were aware I existed.

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        Ain’t that something. You never know who you are inspiring!

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    Charles B

    Congratulations Andrew! It is a fun part of TAC, the spot light let’s us get to know one another a little better. Happy hunting and looking forward to a post with your new guitar!

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      Andrew D

      Thanks Charles, I will post it, as I hope this will be my last acoustic guitar purchase.

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      Andrew D

      Thanks David, hope to play as well as you do someday. Just wish you would stop improving, so I can catch up.

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    Heidi H

    Hey Andrew! Congrats on all your continued learning. 😀 I am impressed with all your cool guitars! 😀 Now that I see what part of Washington State you live in, I can ask what (and where) your favorite music/guitar stores are in the Tri-Cities area! 😀 I’ve been needing a few more good excuses to get over there again! 😀

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      Andrew D

      We have three guitar stores in the Tri-Cities, Music Unlimited carries Dean and Cort; Music Machine carries Taylor, Epiphone, Gretsch, and Fender; and Ted Brown carries Taylor, Yamaha, Fender, Ibanez, and PRS. The closest Breedlove Dealer is in Walla Walla, and Taylor Music in Yakima carries Martin. However, I did get a chance to visit Music Villa in early Fall and that store is amazing. One of the biggest and best acoustic guitar rooms I’ve ever been too. Not sure if I should say this, but when I told them where I was from, they told me if I bought a guitar from them it would be tax free, so I will definitely consider them for my future buying needs. Thanks for sayin Hello!

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    David Cagle

    Hey Andrew, congratulations on your time in the spotlight. I too practiced Tae Kwon Do until I was about 45 and stopped when recovery from a blown out knee took more time to heal than it should have, and now that I am 60 it was a good decision. Still love the spiritual practice of martial arts though. Guitar is another spiritual practice for me and is my reward at the end of the day!


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      Andrew D

      Thanks David, sorry to hear about your knee, but it helps me confirm that I made the right decision when I did. And I am often blown away at the similarities of learning guitar in comparison with learning martial arts. I would not be as disciplined with guitar as I am without my martial arts experience.

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