Dee Web: short in stature, full-scale guitarist

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RRI: At what age did you decided that you wanted to guitar?

Dee Web: I was 10 when I asked my parents for a guitar. I got an acoustic for Christmas and started taking lessons from Lance Tuula shortly after.

Were your parents supportive?

My parents were and are very supportive. They drove me every week to guitar lessons, always encouraged me to practice and of course they made sure I listened to all the good rock music growing up. My dad would quiz me in the car, asking song name and artist when a song would come on the radio haha. They are also very supportive of the bands I’ve been in. They come to gigs, wear band gear, and have a good time.

You’re a little bit shorter than average; did that prove to be a problem when picking out a guitar?

Not at all! I play a full scale length guitar, despite how funny I look holding it (laughs).

You’re a female in a band with a bunch of sweaty, smelly rocker guys. How does that work out for you?

I love it! The men in Amperage are the most down to earth guys I’ve met. They might look scary and I know they can hold their own if need be but they are a great group of guys.

Tell us a little bit about Amperage.

Amperage is a Rockford based cover band. They have been around for about 12 years – known as Heavyflow for a while. The members include Mike Purl (vocals), Eric Drager (guitar), Larry Williams (bass), Steve Stutsman (drums), and myself on guitar. We do a wide variety of covers from the 80’s, 90’s, and today’s rock hits including songs by AC/DC, STP, Jet, Billy Idol, Seether, and much more. Amperage normally plays out 3 to 5 times a month around the area, so plenty of chances for everyone to come out and have some fun!

What’s in your iPod or CD player? In other words, what are you currently grooving to?

I listen to a little bit of everything really. But lately I’ve been in a Megadeth and Metallica phase although I always have Journey ready to go as well.

I understand that you give guitar lessons – what is the hardest and the most rewarding thing about giving lessons to younger students or any student for that matter?

I sure do. My business is called Dee String Guitar Lessons. One of the hardest things with teaching is keeping kids motivated to practice. We all want that instant gratification but learning an instrument just doesn’t work that way.

One of the most rewarding things that comes from teaching is seeing how proud my students are of themselves when they accomplish a song or scale or anything they have been struggling with. I also love seeing my students use what they have learned. For example, one of my 10 year old students sang and played a country song at her school talent show, all by herself! It was too cool!

It’s that time once again: I say a word or phrase and you say whatever pops into the ol’ bean! Ready? Ghost Adventurers (TV show).

Orb hunting with my family. Love that kind of stuff and getting creeped out.

Paul Reed Smith Guitars.

Love of my life! I have a PRS; it’s my main guitar. They feel and sound amazing.

Taylor Swift.

Whiney, not real music. Needs to quit? (laughs)\

Harley Davidson.

Yes, please! Gotta love that rumble.

Guys that hoot, holler and cat call while you’re onstage performing

They are probably hollering at our bassist Larry.

Favorite Saturday night album?

Whitesnake, “Slide It In,” “Slip of the Tongue,” any Whitesnake albums really. Or Def Leppard, “Hysteria” or “Pyromania.”

Favorite Sunday morning album?

Any Journey album, but usually “Escape” or “Infinity.”

Any new projects in the works that we should know about?

Amperage is my new project, just joined up with them a couple months ago. However, I was a member of Shuvlhed for a couple years and we are doing a show in Kirkland for the Fourth of July celebration. Shuvlhed headlines on the July 2 and Amperage will be performing the same festival on the Fourth.

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