This guitar influencer's debut single is one of the best instrumental shred tracks you'll hear this year

Alyssa Day
(Image credit: Alyssa Day/YouTube)

Alyssa Day has built an Instagram following of over 80,000 fans, all mesmerized by her jaw-dropping electric guitar chops. So it’s no surprise that her official debut solo single is one of the strongest and most well-crafted instrumental guitar tracks of the year to date.

Sure, Day has honed her compositional skills as guitarist for Florida-based death metal outfit Mindscar – the same band that once hosted Trivium’s Matt Heafy – since 2016, but on the all-new Dread & Dream, her songwriting is permitted to run rampant, as she pieces together a sonic tapestry of frantic dual leads, subtle whammy bar flutters, effortless sweeps and just about everything else in a guitar player’s arsenal.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.