TAC Spotlight: Garrett D.


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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 Garrett D.!


Saint Paul, Minnesota

# of years played

Since about 2005

Favorite 3 Bands:

1) Widespread Panic, Their live shows are always hot and they reward travel.  Widespread Panic is the greatest live band in the world.

2) moe., They shred, are fun, and their live shows reward travel.

3) Umphrey’s McGee, They use strobes and lasers while melting faces with unexpected covers and guitar face melts. Rock N’ Roll theatrics anyone? 

Honorable mentions: Dream Theater, Rush, Iron Maiden, Allman Brothers Band

How many guitars do you currently own?

2, A Martin OM-21, and a mini travel Martin

Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?

Guitar is fun, sounds cool, is extremely mobile allowing you to play anywhere anytime, and allows the playing of multiple notes at the same time.  Wind instruments to my knowledge only play single notes (other than bag pipes?) and pianos or harps are big and expensive.

Why are you an active TAC member?

TAC has me more enthusiastic and motivated to play guitar than ever mostly because of the community and online learning aspect.  I can do the lessons anytime night or day.

What convinced you to submit your first performance video?

I don’t remember, I think it was easy to do and I got feedback on my playing.

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

I also play Euphonium, enjoy home brewing, and listen to podcasts.


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    John Bell

    Garrett,Great Job getting in the Spotlight!!Now have a Beer and enjoy playing that Euphonism!!

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    All right Garret! I’m going to look up your musical interests and broaden my horizons. Would like to say that I think it IS possible to play more than one note at a time with the Euphonium. Not saying I’m an expert, but a friend’s son is very good at the instrument and he can do this thing where he kind of hums at the same time he does the lips thing, and it sounds like two notes. Or so I say. 🙂 But not 3 notes!

    1. Profile photo of X

      Garrett! It’s spelled Garrett. I blame spell-check and auto complete. Grrr.

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    Russell S

    Congratulations Garrett! I’m glad you were recognized here! Keep up what you’re doing!

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    simon thorpe

    Hi Garrett,good to see a fellow om-21 player in the spotlight!Home brewing eh,that could get messy!ha!

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    Hi, Garrett. It would be cool to hear something on the Euphonium while having a home brew. Enjoy your playing!

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    Brett L

    Congrats, Garrett! Great to learn more about you. Stay warm….winter is almost over!!

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    Vic G

    Congrats on this week’s spotlight Garrett. It’s great to learn a little bit more about you. I hope you enjoy your week with a guitar in one hand and a tall cold homemade brew in the other (putting the beer down of course when you play 🙂 ).

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    Heidi H

    Congrats Garrett! 😀 Sounds like you have a wide spectrum of music you enjoy, and right now, I’d be happy to taste the results of your OTHER activity/hobby of home-brewing! 😀 Guess I’ll have to “do” with a commercial brew tonight! 😀

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    Charles B

    Congratulations Garrett, really like the spotlights it’s fun to learn a little more about the TAC members, I have a question what is a Euphonium? Guess I should Google it. I just Google it now I now

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    Charles B

    Congratulations Garrett, really like the spotlights it’s fun to learn a little more about the TAC members, I have a question what is a Euphonium? Guess I should Google it.

  11. Profile photo of Tony

    Congratulations on your spotlight Garrett. I always enjoy your posts and your comments on the forums. It’s very interesting to learn about TAC members’ interests beyond the guitar. Home brewing sounds like it would be both interesting and rewarding. Enjoy your week Garrett!

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