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Meet Dianna Errico

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dianna Errico. 

Hi Dianna, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I took up playing music as a kid when I was 10, starting with the flute. I taught myself guitar as a teenager. Then I got older and life happened, and I essentially stopped pursuing music as a hobby and creative outlet. A few years back, I had a dream that I tried to play my flute and forgot everything I knew. I woke up in a panic, and got my flute out of storage, and played whatever I could. I realized how much I had missed playing music, and decided I wanted something challenging but also something I felt I could be successful at. I chose the lap steel guitar and fell in love with it. 

After I was playing for about a year, I decided to start an Instagram page solely for my own future reference and to track my progress as I learned. That page ended up growing bigger than I thought, leading to partnerships with two guitar companies, Eastwood and Asher Guitars. 

My goal for 2022 is to release a self-recorded EP, and collaborate with as many artists as possible, both virtually and in person. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There were definitely challenges in my journey. Selecting an instrument like the lap steel means there’s not as much in the way of teachers and online tutorials/lessons. I was able to find a great teacher online, Troy Brenningmeyer, and his lessons made what seemed like a daunting task much more accessible. 

Finding a like-minded community for support was a little difficult as well, especially in person. I was able to find some great groups on Facebook that have been very supportive and offered tips/techniques/lessons that I would never have found otherwise. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Music has essentially been a hobby for me, but I’ve received so much support from different music communities both online and in person, that I’ve really been inspired to pursue it further. Recording and releasing my own songs is something I never really thought would happen, but now feels like an attainable goal, and I’m really excited.

My day job is in Financial Recovery, assisting clients with their day-to-day needs. I previously was a retail manager for 14 years and built a lot of great relationships with people I am still friends with today.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
It’s really true, in music and all other creative pursuits, practice makes perfect. Practice every single day! Even when you don’t feel like it, even just picking up your instrument for 5 minutes may be what it takes for you to come up with a new riff or sound that you never expected. Also, keep your gear close by and accessible, if you are seeing it on a regular basis, you’ll be more inclined to even just casually go pick it up. 

Seek out people that are interested in the same thing! You will be able to bounce ideas off each other, get tips, and can motivate each other when you’re not feeling it. 

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