If you’ve decided that you want to make a career out of music, or
just want to play guitar for the rest of your life, then you’ll really
benefit from knowing the following ideas and concepts. Overall, You’ll
better a better musician and be able to live up to your greatest
potential if you’re armed with this knowledge.
1. How To Setup A Guitar & Change Strings. You’ll
save hundreds in the long run if you can setup your own guitars to make
them play like you want them to. And strings break often, sometimes
right smack in the middle of your jaw-dropping solo. Learn to change
2. How To Read Music.
Although I rarely use notation, it’s really handy to know in a pinch.
90% of the time, I’m reading the timing and not every individual note.
3. General Amp / Guitar / Accessory / Knowledge. Knowing this info will really help you make better purchasing decisions. Having detailed
knowledge gives you the power to purchased used gear, potentially
saving you thousands of your hard-earned cash. Most of my gear is
between 20-50 years old and purchased used. It works great!
4. Good People Skills (PR Work). I
can’t really say enough about this. Having good, developed
interpersonal skills will carry you a long way in life. It can help you
get that gig, develop new business relationships or pull in clients.
Overall, you can’t take back your first impression with someone, so
make the best first impression you can!
5. Get Paid For What You’re Already Doing. Whether
you’re a musician, repairman, circuit mod specialist, or guitar tech
junkie, there is a way to get paid for what you’re already doing for
fun! I know many successful musicians who have a side job, and make
great money doing it. Why not you?
6. Musicians Are Flakes. a
recent study shows there are more flakes per hundred musicians than a
box of cereal. Don’t rely to heavily on the people around you who are
“just doing it for fun”. Especially if you’re serious. When you join a
band or group, it’s like a marriage. There are relationships,
commitment issues….crackheads. But in all seriousness, ask yourself,
“Would I marry these guys?”
7. There’s Always Someone Better Than You.
So please, do us all a favor and stop comparing yourself to everyone
around you. Being a shredder myself, I used to get jealous seeing
someone better/faster/younger. And then, I just stopped caring. Now, I
just care about making music that I love, regardless of what anyone
else thinks. It’s very freeing. I have students who have the potential
to be much greater than I in the next few years. That is perfectly fine
with me. Everyone has a different amount of time, energy and resources
to dedicate to their music life, everyone is unique.
If you have any other ideas of what is absolutely necessary for the
serious musician to know, we’d love to see it here. Just shoot us a
reply or a message and we’ll post it in the next revision. Thanks for