How to stay humble in three easy steps

  1. Start playing guitar. Acoustic, electric, it doesn’t matter.
  2. Keep playing for (checks calendar) thirty years (Jeebus, really?). Get comfortable at whatever level of skill you manage to achieve.
  3. Acquire a 12-string.

Guitar store songs

Here’s something fun: overplayed guitar store songs. I’ll admit that I’m guilty of #1 and #4 on this list, although I tend to think that #4 is doing a public service. The other songs on the list I’ve never actually learned. “But Jason, what do you play at the guitar store?” I’m glad you asked! In no particular order:

  • “The Truth” – Prince
  • “The Cross” – Prince
  • “Signe” – Eric Clapton
  • “Ziggy Stardust” – David Bowie
  • “Can You Get to That” – Funkadelic
  • “Secret Agent Man” – Johnny Rivers
  • “One” – U2
  • “I Still Love You” – Terence Trent D’arby
  • “Day Tripper” – The Beatles

On bass I have a shorter list:

  • “I Burn For You” – The Police
  • “Come Together” – The Beatles
  • “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock

In fact, I’m going to play some of these right now.