Take Inventory and Clean House!

The “guts” of a Dunlop Crybaby wah seen above!

Photo by Roadside Guitars

It’s Easier To Play When Properly Setup!

As we get comfortable in our abilities, we tend to stick to what we know best. We’ve all learned that if you play the same frets over and over again, over time they will start to fade or where in places. Necks warp from the change of temperature, and things get out of tune from scraping your guitar across the monitors at the end of the encore (ahem…DID I DO THAT?). The common factor here is that when you work very hard at your craft, in time you may become overworked and worn. You need to be cleaned up, restrung, and tuned up so that you can dive in and always be your very best.


1: Identify bad habits and make an oath to get rid of ’em.
2: Identify your strengths and find ways to expand upon them.
3: Practice with precision and discipline.
4: Be creative and find ways to explore new techniques.
5: Stay true to your vision and play from your soul.

Once you commit to taking out the trash and really working with what’cha got, you’ll find yourself to be playing better than ever!

Scott “SVH” Von Heldt is a staff writer for SMG. Scott is currently the lead guitarist for Brian “Head” Welch (ex-Korn) and has worked with members of White Zombie, Cirque Du Soliel and many others. In late 2008 he released the first book of his Mystic Art of Self-Discovery series entitled Mind Over Metal: The Musician’s Guide to Mental Mastery.

Email: SVH@sharemyguitar.com

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  • Hey SVH! Glad you didn’t start a fire man!! Great tips dawg…now I’m inspired to fix my amps power chord, it has a short somewhere, I can usually get it to power on by moving it around for a while but it would be amazing if it fired up on the first try!!! LOL

  • SVH

    Thanks bro! Now that touring season is in full effect I’m finding inspiration in all the new experiences I’m enjoying and it’s been paralleled in my writing. I am also really cheap and rather spend 2hrs and $10 fixing a 20 year old peace of gear than spend 5 minutes and $75 at the Geetar Center! haha

    Thanks for the props!


  • Dee Dawg

    If you take some of that purple or gray waffle sound reduction foam and top your bench with it, and cut a hole through the neck rest, – you end up with a work bench which holds the guitar securely and does not allow, dust, metal, screws, splinters, sand grit or wires to scratch the back of you guitar.

  • ToddSchu

    Thank you Scott for the post. I have been in a funk for a while now. I like lists, and yours is perfect. I keep hitting a wall with my playing, and need to get past it. I’m glad I found the site and feel some change on the horizon.

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