This intrepid guitarist wrote and recorded a new riff every day for a whole year

Alexandra Mann of Sisters Mann performs live
(Image credit: Alexandra Mann)

Let’s be honest: the everyday challenges of life often get in the way of our guitar playing, but one Nashville-based guitarist recently set out to buck the trend, by undertaking a formidable creative and playing challenge: writing and recording a new riff every day for a year.

Alexandra Mann, who plays in acoustic duo Sisters Mann, posted videos of her efforts on Instagram every day, where she used two Taylor GS Mini acoustics (a koa and a Sitka spruce) and a Rick Turner Model 1 electric.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.