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Eight Non-Musical Things Every Guitarist Should Know

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One of the most popular stories ever to appear on is a little something we posted a few years ago called "The 25 Things Every Guitarist Should Know."

Well, guitar instructor and YouTube user samuraiguitarist has come up a few extra pointers, all of which are featured in his new video, "Eight Non-Musical Things Every Guitarist Should Know." The video, which you can check out below, is full of useful tips, including:

• Know how to properly wrap a cable

• Have a good relationship with your local guitar shop

• Beware of any organization that charges you to join

... and more. Five more, to be exact. These include a particularly interesting one, "Always pack a gig kit." Find out how he defines "gig kit" at the 2:32 point in the clip.

For more advice from the Samurai Guitarist, follow him on Facebook and check out "How Do You Make an Acoustic Guitar Sound Like a String Quartet? Try This."

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.