Whether you shop at a place like Andy’s Music in Chicago, Corner Music in Nashville, or a
Tip: Don’t Underestimate The Employees
Let’s get something straight: Most music shop employees are either musicians themselves or mega fans. So, next time you’re in your local music store, seek out the salesperson for advice. Of course, it’s also good to be upfront with them if you’re just perusing.
Don’t Blast Amps in the Main Room
Ever enter a music store and hear somebody just whaling terribly on an electric
This person is annoying, and you should try not to be this person. But what if you really need to test out a
Tip: Ask About Private Rooms
If you need to test an amp or
If your local shop doesn’t have this, ask the salesperson if they mind if you cranking up the amp. Chances are, they’ll be fine with it if they know you’re interested in purchasing. The key is to ask first!
Etiquette: Turn Down the Amp Before Plugging
Ever hear a loud pop while in a music shop? That’s the sound of somebody plugging in or unplugging a
The way to avoid this loud pop is to either turn down the volume on the amp while plugging in the
Etiquette: It’s a Music Shop, Not Your Private Show
Soooo you’re super good at
There’s nothing wrong with playing instruments at the
Tip: Take Your Time
When it comes time to purchase an instrument, it’s really important you dig what you’re playing. Especially when you’re about to lay down some major cash, it’s perfectly acceptable to take the time to make sure you like the instrument or gear.
There’s no need to rush this process, and any good salesperson will be totally cool with you taking all the time you need to decide. You can even bring your own amp if you want to test out sound quality!
Etiquette: Put It All Back After Playing
Once you’re done jamming out, don’t be the person who leaves that super expensive Taylor or Fender leaning precariously up against a swivel-stool. We’ve all seen act two. Spoiler alert: The
If this is your local shop and you’re sloppy with other people’s instruments, you’ll quickly be labeled as that person. Take the extra time to put back every instrument you’ve played. It takes two seconds and shows that you respect the shop.
Tip: Software Over Hardware
Next time you’re in the market for pedals, effects pads, and other equipment, consider the option of an iPad in combination with music apps. What’s quickly becoming the new wave of effects and looping, iPad music docks like Alesis iO Dock II transforms your iPad into a fully functional interface.
With a variety of inputs such as Midi, XLR, and ¼ inch, you can plug all your instruments right into the dock. Grab an app like Lemur, slide your iPad into this dock, connect an instrument, and you’re set to record or play live. Most music shops will have an entire section devoted to iPad recording equipment.
Etiquette: Close The Door!
Most likely, your
But make sure, when you enter this room, that you shut the door. It’s very important the temperature stays regulated and that the humidity is controlled. Plus, if you close the door, you can play to your heart’s content knowing you’re in your own little acoustic paradise.
The Etiquette of Etiquettes: Don’t Play Stairway To Heaven
The reason so many music stores have a silent ban on this song is because it’s the first riff many people learn. So therefore, it’s one of the most common songs heard in the shops. In the 1970s, many British
But for real, if it’s all you know, them jam on my friend. It’s a cool song, and you should be glad you can play it. And, in a way, it’s almost a rite of passage to play Stairway to Heaven in a
Well there you have it. Tips and etiquette that will, no doubt, make you a superior music shop customer. Now it’s your turn. What did I miss? Can you think of any other tips or bits of etiquette? Maybe other songs
By John Lombard