i didn't really know where to put this topic, anyways. When you go to a store to try out a guitar what do you guys play? do you play songs? [this is actually pretty stupid, (i have nothing to do at 4 in the morning)]
Well I usually warm up then play eruption, stairway to heaven, cliffs of dover, and smoke on the water just to piss the clerks off, but seriously I just jam out, I love when I get offered jobs teaching
I generally just jam out as well. Although recently I have been known to play parts of Fade to Black, Master of Puppets, Raining Blood, Sweet Child 'O Mine, and As I Am (I love playing the last song the most right now because I just learned it well enough to play and the riffs are really fun).
Mostly Slayer riffs really. The main stuff being Raining Blood, Skeletons of Society, Dead Skin Mask. Then theres all the Metallica stuff as well like Master of Puppets, One, Wherever I May Roam, Seek & Destroy, Leper Messiah, Creeping Death.......the list goes on. It all depends on what I am trying out in the store really.
I always play Spinal Tap, and then just a few exercises and some sweep picking stuff. Also, I always play something I have written as well. The point for me is to actually test the equipment, without looking like I am trying to impress anyone. I was in this shop collecting a couple of guitars that were being restrung, and one of the younger guys was asking something like "you're the guy with that pink guitar", and I'm like "yar, I am very rock, worship me, here sonny try it out if you like, then have a go on my jem". Dripping with wannabe rock star charm. So this kid (and by the way he was the most unassuming, nicest guy you could ever want to meet) picks up the guitar and absolutely blows everyone in the shop away, he was awesome, so clean, so fast, great tone from his fingers, and great feel. S. I look at my tech (by this point I am feeling like a complete n~bhead for being soooo arrogant) and he just looks back and says "I know, I hate him too". The moral of the story is never show off, there is always a nicer guy who is a better player.
I have been a regular at the same sshop for a while, so I tend to play something that the guys in there will appreciate. There are no egos in that shop, I get nods of appreciation when it sounds good, or a grimace from my Tech when it sounds bad (often), but never any attitude. Never the "I could of played that better" look. You know the one I mean. In fact I will either try and learn what the guys are playing, or vice versa.
But in every shop I always play Spinal Tap's "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock Ya"
I actually like to play those songs that you're not supposed to play in guitar stores for some reason but I don't really know why. I think I actually get more pleasure out of playing my own stuff, but people don't even look at my playing unless I'm playing something that they know.
I usually play something by Rusty Cooley with one hand for the technique and something by Eric Johnson, for the tone with the other hand all at the same time
Ok Ok, usually it depends on what sort of guitar I'm trying, but usually I mess around with the tunes I'm most confortable with. That way I know how the guitar feels, and how it sounds compared to my other guitars.
Like nickcoumbe says, there's always someone better that's either in the shop at the time or who was there earlier that day, so you'll not succeed at doing anything except making a fool of yourself.
i generally play at a very low volume, and it varies on the guitar. If I pick up a Fender Strat and plug into an Ultimate Chorus, it's going to be some soft John Mayer sounding stuff. If I plug into a 5150 with a JEM, it will be early Vai sounding. But hopefully everything has a bit of my touch in it, and hopefully none of it is loud enough to disturb anyone else from their shopping.
ya, i play at low volumes, jsut kinda of wail away..testing out if it feels the same /better then my guitar by jsut improving like i do with my own guitar, but my dad always comes by and cranks the volume Which it don't really like especailly if its a bad amp with bad tone (my dad is tone def)
If I hear another good player ill sometimes join in and jam from a couple of isle over. I meet a lot of people just standing there playing riffs anything from blues to long legato phrases to stacatto picking runs etc.. people come up and give you the nod and talk. good to be appreciated!