The ULTIMATE Guitar Practice Routine
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Say hi to Eve D.!
A very small town in Montana
# of years played
About four years on guitar (I played other instruments before)
Favorite 3 Bands:
My top three right now are probably Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, The Steel Wheels, and The Stray Birds, but they keep rotating!
How many guitars do you currently own?
I have an Eastman, which was my first steel string guitar, and a Martin HD-28 SS MV Custom.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I am considering pursuing music for my future career, so the progress I make daily is very imperative. It’s just important for me to play, I can’t imagine life without music!
Why are you an active TAC member?
I like the feeling of accomplishing something on guitar every day, even if it is just a little thing. It’s nice to feel like you’re doing something and working hard to make progress.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
After I learned a couple of songs, I wanted to submit a performance video because everyone on the forum is so encouraging, and I wanted to contribute to everything that was going on. Thanks everyone for making this such a fun and safe place to share, it’s a very rewarding experience!
Tell us the story of your first open mic…
I went with my family to a bluegrass festival in Miles City, Montana, which is a nearly four hour drive for us. We arrived at nine p.m., which was barely in time for the open mic, but I was fortunate enough to be invited to play a few songs! It was a great experience!
What’s the one thing you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
I’m definitely far from an accomplished songwriter, but I would say that it’s not all about having perfect inspirations, circumstances, motivations, ideas, etc. If that was the case, no one would ever write songs, because no one is perfect. The truth is it’s hard work, and while some very few people might be more “talented” than others, you really just need to spend a lot of time doing it, and I think it’s beneficial to read books about it to improve as well. Don’t let your desire to get better slow down your progress! Let each success be an encouragement and a reason to continue.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
My family is an agricultural family, and all of us help put up hay for a living. I have broken a colt, and now my little brother has one that he is going to break. I also love to play games: card games, board games, just about any kind of game.