Here’s an Instagram page to soothe your aching soul (because we can’t think of anything better than a pup playing a musical instrument). The viral phenomenon consists of Trench, a musician, and his dog Maple.
An independent artist with no label, Trench has been playing the guitar for over 20 years. His instruments include the Acoustic, Electric and Classical Guitar, as well as Harp, Piano, Drums, Harmonica, Accordion, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Violin, and Cello. His loyal furry sidekick, Maple, sometimes plays along on the drums.
“I started with an electric guitar when I was about 8, but I didn’t take the instrument that seriously until I was 12-13 when I bought an acoustic guitar,” writes Trench on his personal website. “Aside from a few basic guitar/piano lessons, I’m self taught with all the instruments I play. I learned to read sheet music and would spend hours every day sight reading anything I could find online. Learning a lot of classical/flamenco music helped develop my Fingerstyle guitar techniques.”
While Trench decided to stay anonymous (“I never wanted to be famous so I prefer for the focus to be on the music, the instrument,” he writes), Maple – a mixed breed with part Border Collie, Golden Retriever and Shetland Sheepdog – is the real star of the show. More recently, the band has been joined by the newest addition to the family – rescue pup named Cherry.