1. What’s the most valuable career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t quit your day job.

2. Should artists allow free downloads and file sharing — or does that devalue the music?
I believe artists, or any other creator of a consumable product, should have the right to do whatever they want with their intellectual property – whether that means commercializing it or giving it away as a promotional device.

3. Do you feel you’re still improving as a player? How do you push yourself creatively?
I cycle through periods of both diminished and evolved technique attributable to long bouts of laziness or hitting plateaus.

Guitarist/Songwriter George Lynch is one of the originators of shred. Initially rising to guitar hero status in the famed metal group Dokken, George continues to justify his legendary stature with the hard rock band Lynch Mob in their latest CD release, Smoke and Mirrors.