Off-the-Cuff Advice from 13 Music-Biz Pros

I’ve seen plenty of interviews and rig rundowns. Most of them tend to overlap in terms of information—no matter who the artist is.

I don’t care if I’m interviewing a resurrected Jimi Hendrix. The last thing I care about is how he thinks his pick attack, while using a specific string gauge, affects his clean tone through the second of four speaker cabinets on stage.

I’d rather see music icons have actual conversations that produce real messages.

I’ve learned that these people—the professional guitarsts and guitar makers you’re likely to spot at the Winter NAMM Show—really appreciate the escape from the questions they’ve become programmed to answer in various interviews. In fact, they tend to open up, come back down to earth and reveal info we didn’t even ask for.

Earlier, I asked a handful of guitar legends: “In three words or less, how do I play guitar?” Their answers supplied us with several interesting philosophies, none more potent than John Petrucci’s reply of “Don’t f*ck up.

The running question in today’s video takes a page out of master interviewer Tim Ferriss’ book, stirring up thoughts of rock stars like Michael Angelo Batio, Jeff Loomis, Brent Hinds and more as they weigh in with their off-the-cuff answers. Enjoy!

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. His entertaining guitar-related content receives hundreds of thousands of video views on Facebook per month, and his online guitar courses tout more than 1,500 students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Get in touch with Tyler on Facebook, watch more of his guitar lessons and vlogs on YouTube, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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