Hey y'all, I'm asking around about what your musical tastes are like and what something you have read or played or learned or listened to or owned that helped you musically. Personally, it's books and pedals that have got me going. The two books that have really inspired me is Zen guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo and The Music lesson by victor wooten. The music lesson REALLY messed with me, but in a good way. I've never heard about interpreting music that way, and it's just such a good read. Zen guitar has very short chapters but what he does is takes zen and applies it to guitar playing. Both those books I highly recommend if you want a new view on music. My next weird inspiring musical thing would be guitar pedals! All my pedals have different reasons to why I bought them. The most obvious would be tonal qualities but I bought them because of the musicians I listen to. I will go through my chain and explain why. Boss RC 1 looper: I got one because of Rob Scallon and Mac Demarco. Just building a progression and making something is very helpful and gets my creative juices going. Donner tremolo pedal: I bought this for a weird reason actually. I wanted to use this as a substitute for a kill switch. At the time, I recently heard Know your enemy by RATM, and I looked into how he got that effect. I found he used a kill switch, which is iconic to him. I knew that tremolo's were essentially kill switches in a sense, since it is a fluctuation of volume. And when set fast enough, the signal will cut out. MXR Phase 90: Three words: Eddie. Van. Halen. Donner tutti chorus: As I mentioned earlier, I love Mac Demarco's music. He has a lot of variety in his music, from synths to guitars, his sound is generally very "warbly". A song like "Freaking out the neighborhood" has a lot of chorus in it and just sounds very surfy. I also got a chorus because I love Metallica and all the clean metallica chorus cleans. Donner yellow fall delay: This was my first guitar pedal, so I had ZERO clue to what it did. I thought I was buying a chorus pedal, but turns out it wasn't. I used it for a year and it was good, but recently, during the summer, I decided I wanted to learn Big sur moon by Buckethead and Rain by Rob Scallon. Both those songs require delay, and it's just REALLY fun to work with delay, because it sounds like you're playing something really complex but essentially you can set it to give you layers while you play. Very good pedal and I still have it. Boss MD2 distortion: I was looking for a good distortion after I decided I didn't like the DS1 distortion. Played it in guitar center and my dad got it for me 40 or 50 bucks used. 90 retail and it gives me my chug and my good distortion, not the dad rock distortion. Dunlop crybaby wah: two words: Jimi. Hendrix. TC Electronic Dark matter distortion: It's really good for dad rock and 70's doom metal and just distortion, without the extra gain, and is just really good for like Led Zeppelin and Cream and classic rock. List down below what you have that inspires you! Books, pedals, amps, gear, artists, songs.