In our continuing series to promote and expose new talent, I didn’t have to look that far when I started following Orlando native Alyssa Day.
Alyssa posts short 60-second bursts of fretboard mastery on Instagram that many guitarists gloat over and at the same time get jealous about.
Alyssa is quite talented and has an exceptional future ahead of her.
When did you start playing guitar? Who influenced you?
AD: I started playing when I was about 7 or 8. I would say I started taking it seriously and really dove into playing around age 11 or 12, though. As for influences, so many great players such as John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, and Dimebag (just to name a few of the many) inspired me when I was pretty young. But my very first memory of being completely mesmerized by the instrument and knowing that I wanted to learn to play it was when I was maybe six years old, and my uncle started playing some Beatles songs on his acoustic. I just thought it was the coolest sound in the world at the time. So I guess that was the initial introduction to the guitar that influenced my decision to play.
Did you have lessons or self-taught?
AD: I taught myself a few things when I first picked up the guitar – mostly random riffs from songs I liked and unknowingly trying to figure out scales – but I asked my parents for guitar lessons when I was about 10, and they were more than happy to find a teacher and sign me up. I think I went through one or two teachers before I lucked out and found a truly awesome one, Chris Peters. I took lessons from him for maybe ten years or something before he told me to scram because he was out of things to show me, haha. But I still wasn’t thrilled with my playing. I knew I needed some extra guidance and wisdom, so I decided to go to college and major in music, and there I lucked out yet again and met another insanely excellent teacher and player, Bobby Koelble. So yeah, I definitely wouldn’t be half the player I am without either of those two guys.
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Some Paul Gilbert style noodles 🍝 I know what you’re all thinking – “will she ever stop playing that cheesy 5 chord at the end of each clip?” Nope! Probably not 🙂. . . . . @officialjacksonguitars @evhgear @mercuriallaudio @firehosestrap #jacksonguitars #guitar #guitarist #music #guitarplayer #femaleguitarist #rock #metal #musician #lickoftheday #guitarsdaily #guitarsolo #paulgilbert #guitarsofinstagram #guitarworld
What bands have you been involved with?
AD: I’m currently in a band called Mindscar. I was active in the local scene in Orlando during prior years and played in and did some session work for a few local bands every now and then. Nothing big, though.
Are you writing any solo material for a possible future release?
AD: Yes! I think I have a solid batch of songs written, which I’m going to record within the next month. I’m working hard at the moment on getting all of that done to be released sometime this year.
Are you teaching guitar?
AD: Yes, to that as well! Teaching guitar has been my full-time gig for about four years now. I just recently started offering Skype lessons so that I’m able to teach people outside of the Orlando area.
Do you have any endorsements?
AD: Jackson Guitars and ISP Technologies endorse me. Love both companies!
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Practicing a little piece of a solo from one of the songs I’ve been secretly writing 😶 side note – I have no idea why I made that face at the end. I never make that face in real life 🤷🏻♀️. . . . @officialjacksonguitars @evhgear @mercuriallaudio @isptechnologies @firehosestrap #guitarist #guitarsolo #newmusic #lickoftheday #riffwars #femaleguitarist #jacksonguitars #guitaristsofinstagram #metalmusic
What does your home studio rig consist of?
AD: It’s pretty basic. Just Pro Tools, a Scarlett 2i2 interface, and some Yamaha HS7 monitors. You don’t need a whole lot to get the job done these days. I am going to be upgrading and adding to it for a more professional set up this year, though.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
AD: Well, right now, I’m very focused on finishing up these songs for my solo project. Hopefully, that will become something soon. Aside from that, Mindscar will be releasing three new songs very soon, and we’ll be working on making some music videos as well. No shows are booked at the moment, but we’ll see what happens!
For more information in Alyssa visit her Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alyssaj.day/