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Band Life Passion & Self Hate

Do You Need an End Game?

I quit my job in March of 2015 and started working for myself as a freelance marketing consultant. That’s relevant to my overall point, but so are the events leading up to that decision. I’ve been a “top performer” at every place I’ve worked, but not out of ambition. Just because I find most jobs […]

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Guitar Store Gospel

Smelly Guitars, Shady Deals & More

It’s time for some short random thoughts and amusing findings from the internet… 

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Daft Paragon Chats Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

GE & Jay Complain About Innovation and Bad Gear Reviews

Everyone is away from the office so distraction levels are running high. Time for another email exchange that is waaaay too long. Jay: I was thinking of what amazing things we can expect from all our favorite guitar companies in 2016. Here’s the list I’ve got so far. Gibson: Selling the same guitars as 2015 but […]

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Guitar Store Gospel

Our Christmas Wishlist – 2015 Edition

It’s the end of yet another year, and credit cards continue to be maxed out all over the country as guitarists everywhere hope for a new pedal or amp or whatever it may be. Here at Daft Paragon global headquarters, we’re less concerned about what is under our trees. We want to look out for […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Silly

Charting Your Musical Taste Progression as a Mixtape

Amazingly, mixtapes are still a thing. They may exist as Spotify playlists, but plenty of people are still making 60ish minute compilations of songs they enjoy. And it’s not an old people nostalgia thing as far as I can tell. It wasn’t too long ago Drake was making big news releasing a mixtape on iTunes. […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Learning vs Memorizing

It’s a debate that’s been going strong for probably 30-40 years. Do you really need to learn any music theory in order to play guitar? Of course the answer is “no” and there’s boundless evidence. The greater question is, “should you?”. That is far more interesting and valid. Most musicians who firmly plant themselves in offshoots […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Site News

Coming Back Soon

Hey all, we’ve been real quiet here lately because it’s been way too busy everywhere else. This is not a dead site though! We’ll be back in March with a lot more activity. Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by!

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Warmoth – Finally Taking the Plunge

Update 2.8.2015: Got all my parts and assembled – photo & details added below. There are so many ways to get a “custom” guitar these days that it’s hard to keep track.  There are so many small builders, big companies offering mass-personalization, and even better building tutorials.  But for some reason, I’ve always gone back […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Silly

Band Auditions: Rarely Done Right, Usually Hilarious

I once auditioned a singer, and it didn’t go well at all. He needed to be picked up from a bus stop, which is fine but I don’t live near a bus stop. That should’ve been a sign1 that holding regular practices would be rough, especially since the busses don’t run late by us. We […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Gear Selfies Gotta Go

I belong to several busy guitar forums, guitar facebook groups and guitar subreddits.  They’re generally great, but increasingly I’m seeing the annoying trend of people over-sharing gear photos. If you do a Google Image Search for “my pedalboard” the results will scroll for about six weeks.  And it’s impossible to really distinguish any of them. […]