Guest Editorial: Miguel Reategui - GuitarPlayer.com

Guest Editorial: Miguel Reategui

SO, WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH MUSIC STORE virtuosos? Is there no way we can avoid visiting our favorite store without having to endure some guy playing endless riffs, licks, phrases— all at higher than normal volumes—while “trying out” some guitars?
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SO, WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH MUSIC-STORE virtuosos? Is there no way we can avoid visiting our favorite store without having to endure some guy playing endless riffs, licks, phrases— all at higher-than-normal volumes—while “trying out” some guitars?

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I’m not sure about you guys, but when I test a guitar, I play the low E, let it ring, and then go string-by-string—you know, “feeling it.” Then, I try a few open chords, and if the guitar sings, I proceed to test each fret and string combination for dead spots, buzzes, and so on. However, there is no way I can really perform my tests while the guy next to me is showcasing his “Hey, I’m Actually a Really Good Player and I’m Sure You Love Listening to Everything I Play” chops. Fellow guitar players— let’s stop this nasty practice. Okay?

— MIGUEL REATEGUI, ONTARIO, CANADA

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