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  1. I suffered in music retail for a year and learned there's always some sort of deal to be found. Not greedy crap...I had to deal with guys offering me $500 "cash" for an Fender American Strat going for $999 (great way to get myself fired and get the store dropped by the manufacturer) or guys trying to get me to price match some sort of junker website reselling refurbished garbage with no warranty (can't match that with NEW product). Or guys not reading MI's fine print about all those discounts, which pretty much exclude every major manufacturer, and they still expect me to give them the discount MI won't even honor. But if you can find the best price from an authorized dealer you can usually bring that to the table of whoever you're dealing with. I have a guy come in for NI's Maschine, wanting it for $200 off. Told him he was high if he expected that price, then he said MI had dropped it to that earlier in the week...sure enough I confirmed it and he left happy. And if you've got an authorized dealer discounting some inventory that's been sitting it's worth finding out if your local store has the same problem.
  2. Yeah, so many options you gotta bring your guitar to a store for samples. That green Line 6 monstrosity is arguably the most flexible, since it models all the famous pedals, though $250 is a little pricey for some. I like the Flashback (and always sold them out when I worked retail) because it's around a hundred bucks less and has many of the same settings, along with that nifty Toneprint thing. Or if you want to blow minds for the long term you could round up five hundred bucks for the Strymon Timeline!
  3. Heck no...avoid nursery rhymes like the plague! But something like The Simpsons or Star Wars, even a pop culture standard like Another One Bites the Dust or Superfreak. Might cross into a little cheese, but it puts a smile on their face playing it.
  4. In my experience (16 years teaching in MUSIC STORES where most parents & students look for lessons) ) going for the simplest melodies is the best way to start. I'd usually start with Star Wars, James Bond theme, something familiar along those lines. The Beatles, one of their simpler tunes. The fewer strings the better. Then from there you could expand to open chords, power chords if you've got rock kids in the class. That's lead to the best student retention and enthusiasm. IMO, busting out the theory too fast is a major turn off to the young ones...as much as we know they need it!
  5. Met Reeves Gabrels at NAMM once...I loved his work on Outside and Earthling. He got some crazy sounds out of his guitar! Big on the Fernandez Sustainer pickup, he told me. The only example off the top of my head.
  6. All quality advice. I'll add Troy Stetina's Rhythms for Metal Guitar...or some title like that. Good stuff, probably not as thorough as the other methods, but being guitar based the examples are cool
  7. My first fuzz was a Zvex Fuzz Factory. Don't be like me. It is a good pedal for sure but it's just way too temperamental and wayward to be used as your one and only fuzz box. True...but it's so darn COOL that you gotta at least try it out!
  8. Do you guys actually plug the guitar into the iPad? What adapter did you purchase for that? This new gadget from Alesis is a cool candidate for the job.
  9. I made myself a badass reggae station on Pandora a few years back, seeded it with all the classic names I could find--not just Bob Marley! It's friggin' sweet...vintage tunes as well as new stuff. Keith's Pandora Reggae Station.
  10. honestly bro your best bet would be to listen to some high quality black metal. I'm not talking about the Donald-Duck-Being-Violated crap, I'm talking about old school Immortal, Dissection, Sacramentum, Abigor, Drudkh, Enslaved, Old Man's Child etc. Not hip to the bands, but agree with the advice...the best teachers are your favorite bands! Troy Stetina's books are still among the best I've seen for learning metal rhythm and lead. A bit dated in places, but think of it as learning metal history!
  11. No matter where you are you gotta deal with some sort of Nature-influenced disaster. So you read the tip sheet and hope for the best.
  12. A quality teacher is the first place to go...totally. Lots of good materials. Any books or videos (not to mention music) by Joe Pass will make your head hurt. I also like the Jazz Guitar series of books by Jody Fisher, published by Alfred.
  13. I work at Bananas At Large and the popularity among customers has leaned towards the OCD...at least, among the customers and staff I've discussed it with. Haven't checked out the Freekish yet.
  14. I just sold one to a kid from Guam yesterday, so I ran it through the paces...I think it's fantastic. It basically models a bunch of other classic delay pedals and does it really well. Some people don't think "really well" cuts it; they want perfect. That's cool...try out a bunch of pedals and find the perfect one for your sound. But having looping, tape delay, ping pong, reverse, etc., all in one box is pretty freakin' cool.
  15. Yeah, very subjective, but I've always suspected a good (or at least memorable) melody is easy to whistle or hum. Can't whistle an obnoxious sweep or two hand tapping solo! Then again, maybe there's some kid on Youtube whistling Eruption.
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