Corook: “My dad used to say, ‘If you practiced guitar as much as you practice Guitar Hero, you’d be pretty good.’ I was like, ‘Fine, I’ll do that then!’”

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Why is everybody on the internet so mean? Nashville-based songwriter Corook ponders this relatable question in 2023’s unlikeliest hit, If I Were A Fish – a song bashed out in 10 minutes to help them process online bullying.

Corook explains how the song’s title originated with their partner, Olivia Barton. “I told Olivia, ‘Play something that you’ve never played on an instrument that you don’t know. She kept hitting the same two notes on my little Yamaha synth. Then she sang, ‘If I were a fish…’ I said, ‘I love that! Let’s start there.’ 

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).