25 Things Every Guitarist Should Know

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spolito58

What's a "Wimpy Jangle Band?"

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thinghammer

Whereas "don't be an asshole" is tough to beat, the author doesn't mention a simple trick to get better. It is record yourself and listen to it. A lot. Record your practices, gigs, jams, etc. My buddy bought a little zoom 4 track. He makes us a disc whenever we work on new stuff. It helped me turn the corner on my tone and timing.

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Chai.Nsaw

related to #12: NEVER fuck with another guitarists knobs (amps, pedals, guitars, other/any)... unless asked to do so. Touching another guitarists knobs makes YOU an asshole. !!!!!!! Great article, thanx!~

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guitar_theorist

Truly awesome article!! Sound advice for any aspiring musician.. Thanks for the tips!

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kukuk40

This is so true,every guitar player or musician should follow this,I've been playing for 36yrs. and i'm still learning.Those who are afraid to share & learn are EGO Trippers.

jmkguitar

Great tips, advice & warnings - take heed, no greed - for the beginning player, thank your lucky stars you came across this handy article. For everyone else that has more experience - you should know most of these tips are helpful truths because you already live & play by their codes - that's why you're still able do it! Yep, music goes hand in hand w/ Psychology 101... Mind your manners!

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blank

Pro tip: realize that all music is derivative. Work with that.

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MikeGPagana

Wow, regardless of is origins, Fn good start to a well rounded Guitarist.
ROCK ON!

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redstrat8

FIRST THING JUDAS PRIEST TOLD ROB HALFORD -NO SEX IN THE BAND .HA HA

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St Jimmy

but how can i not fuck the singer when she is my girlfriend?

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jamminfool

I'm inclined to agree with "Blank" on this one, due to having the next best thing to practical experience on this topic. Once upon a time, I was the bass player for a smokin' hot band. All was good in the land of blooze funk and jive, the band was hittin' on all eight cylinders and tearing it up like nobody's business...but even though we had what we all thought was the perfect lineup, our female singer/band leader decided she wanted to bring her boyfriend into the fold on guitar. If you look below, you'll see more of the painful details in my previous post, so I won't bore y'all by posting it twice...the moral of the story? If you insist on fucking members of your band, your going to fuck the whole band in the long run!

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blank

Ooh, not a smart move.

The reasoning behind that tip was that, with that kind of relationship inside the band, you end up with that Fleetwood Mac soap opera bullshit going on behind the scenes. That tends to screw with things and stuff.

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bigsid

Awesome Article. And #25 was funny as hell. Thanks. Putting a band together and that gives me some realistic guidelines to follow.

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armada1

Spot on!!!!! Bravo

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krameremark

Let me add a few:

1) come from money - helps with that pesky "struggling" part

2) live with your parents until you "make it"

3) AND MOST IMPORTANT - be the child of an already famous actor or musician. Nothing succeeds like nepotism.

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jamminfool

Great advice, especially the repeated mantra of DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE...I recently walked away from an otherwise great mostly original gig, one where I was the bassy part of a killer bluesy jazz/soul rhythm section for 7+ years on, because the guitarist decided he played better with several Maker's Marks on the rocks under his belt...also, he never took the time to learn the material, and since he was the lead singer's baby-daddy, he got away with it when anyone else in the band would've been REAMED for not knowing their parts (she was the band leader, btw)!

Anyway...keep your head on straight, learn your parts as well as you possibly can, show up when the rest of the band needs you to (my personal weakness, one that I'm working diligiantly to correct btw), and HELP OUT ANY WAY POSSIBLE!!! And, as if this can't be stressed enough...DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE! Nobody wants an asshole around, even if they're the most amazing player on the planet (ESPECIALLY if they think they're the most amazing player blah blah blah lmfao)...I've gotten gigs when I knew I was NOT the best musician at the audition, but being a nice guy made the difference! Good luck to all, and let's make sure playing music is always the greatest career choice ever...it's the best way to make a living I've ever had the 35+ year pleasure of failing at lol!

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ctyank13

When you are in a pit orchestra, classical recital or jazz band, OK. But when playing the usual "Cover/Original" gig, never, ever use a music stand onstage to prop up lead sheets, iPads or whatever. Never, ever play with a vocalist who does this either. Know the music or don't bother. What looks small to you onstage looks like the Berlin Wall from the audiences viewpoint. It really makes you look bad.

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bbgamer884

this is an excellent article. I have seen so many guitarist who think they are the second coming of Jesus, and in reality they are self taught with only 6 months of experience. It's people like that who ruin bands and make it nowhere in music.

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mutbrain

Great article! :)

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EvanHalen88

Great article! I'm actually the singer and only guitarist in my own band, and I've been finding more and more that it's more about serving the song than showing off your chops (both in terms of what what sounds good and letting the vocals shine where they need to). Thanks for helping us guitarists keep it real!

Evan Egerer

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frezfram

I'd add a couple more. Never bring wives or girlfriends to gigs. It's begging for trouble and emotional conflict you just don't need. Don't get drunk (and or stoned) at gigs. Record your gigs and listen to them, learn from them. A weakness in a song or your playing may not register in the heat of the moment but will be readily apparent in a play back. Don't beat yourself up, learn from it and work it out. Developing a critical ear is essential to an extended career.

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jamminfool

I've never had any major issues with my wife coming to gigs. Now, if she were to make a habit out of coming to practice with me, that'd be another story...one that has been played out by other band members and their significant others. Practice is the band's time to work out the idiosynchrocies of their set list, not time to impress the honey you're trying to get a squeeze from!

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Hendrix1970

Most of the greatest music ever was done under the influence. Derp.

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box of dope

that may be true to an extent, but im sure most of those musicians put theire time in first. instead of say in highschool when the burn out was to busy gettin high to learn fade to black properly.

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Hendrix1970

yeah true, kids can't handle it like they did back in the day, keith richards for example lol.

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PorchDawgJammer

GREAT ADVICE!!!
I especially liked #4.
I can't tell you how many band members I've fired over the years for showing up late or two minutes before the gig expecting everything to be set up and ready to go for them. My Band, My Rules. If you don't work you don't get paid and the biggest part of that work is set up/tear down.

I also agree with #25.
NO SEX IN THE BAND!!! I lost a really good money making band because the Female Lead Singer and the drummer were screwing around. In fairness they were together before the band which is why I didn't hire him as a drummer, but when my drummer took a job in another state and we were booked for the next three months straight I had no choice but to hire the guy because he knew all of our material. So when they broke up the band broke up and I vowed NEVER AGAIN!!!

Anyway it's all very good advice THANX!!!

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mooseboy

Great article- I believe it's a reprint, but it bears repeating.

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