“Any Major Dude” by Steely Dan is probably my favorite song right now.

Lyrically it’s funny and serious at the same time: “Any major dude with half a heart surely would tell you my friend, that any minor world that breaks apart falls together again.” While making fun of this narrator’s stoner-speak, they still impart a positive affirmation.

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And what a great little Mixolydian instrumental hook at the beginning! I’ve been digging some amazing new pedals from TC Electronic, including the Flashback X4 Delay.

And my current favorite song to play live is “Animals,” because it’s driven by that main guitar pattern, and it’s just so fun to play that part. The Eventide H9 is pretty amazing in all of the things it can do—and overwhelming!

There are a few changes we’d recommend to Mister Valentine: 1.

Cose up the opening between the dining area and the living room. Although it’s been recently done, it looks to us like something that would be found in a suburban or more traditional home. We’re not sure if that master bathroom is good or not, but we suggest Mister Valentine take a good long look at that cornered mirror.

It just looks like a cheesy afterthought to open the site lines, and while we could be wrong, we don’t imagine that cut out is original to the design of the house. The black granite is just so ordinary and the cabinets, well, they should go to the ceiling. Does that work, or is it just too 1980s glamour for this house?

And we’re not thrilled with the black granite in here either.It’s hard to find the right spots, and finding that nook usually comes from a lot of experimentation.I’ve come to learn that a confident musician or guitarist can be okay with playing less—you just have to be impactful in what you do deliver.We also do a big cock-rock ending when we play it live, and I really like it when we mix up the live arrangements. As for gear, right now my favorite pieces are probably one of my old ES-335s, a Matchless Independence 35, and either my Line 6 DL4 or Fulltone OCD… And I’ve been bonding with my Martin 000-18 at home and on the road because I’ve really enjoyed playing “Secret” as an acoustic song. I call Pete from time to time to bug him with questions about gear. After hearing Joe Satriani’s Surfing With The Alien as a teenager, I knew I had to play guitar. My best advice to any aspiring guitarist or musician is to write songs. After that, write even more songs, because from my experience as a musician and as a part of Maroon 5, I’ve realized you only get better at writing songs from writing songs—no matter the quality, because you need repetition.I was instantly drawn to the instrument because of that album. I have been guilty, especially when I was younger, of spending more time trying to “learn to write” rather than just writing, because that is how you learn to write! You know, whenever I’ve tried to build or design a guitar with specific appointments, the guitar has never really worked out.In the earlier days with Songs About Jane and It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, the guitar filled out most of the mix, so it was easier to lay stuff down and have it work.