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COMING SOON!
COMING SOON!
COMING SOON!
      

Mike's Guitar-Biography

Strum Strings was created from concept to online business by Mike Dean of MMD Capital, LLC.  Mike has had a long career of playing and teaching guitar (both acoustic and electric).   His music career started with piano lessons at the age of 8 and he stuck with the piano lessons for 8 years.   He then decided that he really wanted to learn to play the guitar so he asked for a guitar for Christmas when he was 15 years old.  He has now been playing the guitar for about 17 years and has had alot of opportunities to take lessons, write music, record and perform his orginal songs for a variety of audiences.  Here are a few of the highlights of his guitar playing experience:

The Beginning (Age 17-19)

 While a senior in high school his friend, Andy (talented drummer/bassist/guitarist) recruited him to play lead guitar for the band Polly Put the Kettle On (PPTKO).  They performed several shows at the local college (Snow College, Ephraim, UT) and took 3rd place in a Battle of the Bands held at the college. 
Andy, Talented Musician
Andy

PPTKO in a Highschool Assembly
PPTKO, in High School Assembly

The Next 3 Years (Age 20-22)

Mike spent 2 years as a missionary in South America.  There he always seem to have a guitar to play--even though he never had one of his own during those two years.  He wrote several songs during that time that became popular among the church members and other missionaries.  When he returned from his mission he created his first demo CD called "Whispers and Blessings" to give to his family and friends as a Christmas present.  Mike did the instruments and vocals on the CD which was recorded on his multi-track cassete recorder.

Recruiting Bass Player
CD Front Cover
Recruiting Bass Player
CD Inside Cover
Mike's Music (.wma file)
Who Am I? "Who Am I?" (Mike on all
instruments and vocals)


Snow College (Age 23-25)

He created the band "Something Like That" with friend Eli Adams when they were both attending Snow College.
Something Like That, Live at Snow College
Something Like That, In Concert







They performed at all of the college President's dinner parties.  They also performed at charity events, open mic shows and religious concerts.  Together they recorded a rough album which they put together using Mikes 12-track digital recorder.



Demo CD, Front Cover
Demo CD, Front
Demo CD, Back Cover
Back Cover
Mike's Music (.wma file)
Turkey Run "Turkey Run" (Mike on guitar,
Nate Thompson on Djembe drum)

Utah State University (Age 26-28)

Mike and Eli then went on to Utah State University (go Aggies!) where they recruited a few new band members.  This is where Mike met his wife, Melanie, who is an incredible violinist (Mike and Eli where successful on recruiting her into the band).
Recruiting Bass Player
Recruiting Bass Player
Recruiting Violinist
Recruiting Violinist
Recruiting mission
Recruiting mission













The First Official Recording

Mike and Eli decided to audition for the Top 10 New LDS Artists CD (kind of like the Mormon version of American Idol...kind of). They ended up winning a spot on the CD with Eli's newest song; "I Want To Fly". They asked Russ Dixon (of the band Colors) to make the recording for the CD and the album sold in many of the major book stores in Utah and other places across the country.
Top 10 CD Front
Top 10 CD Front
Top 10 CD Back
Top 10 CD Back
Top 10 CD Inside
Top 10 CD Inside

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