So I have never been to one of those free guitar clinics before.
The store was Cosmo Music which has a nice recital hall complete with stage, seating and sounds system. Large enough to hold probably 200 people but still intimate.
Sound system was awesome Nita and her standard gear sounded loud but my ears weren't ringing in the least when I left.
There was a draw for a Ibanez Tubescreamer DX and some t-shirts.
Anyways onto the clinic..... for lack of a better word. It was basically 2 hours of her playing, telling stories and Q & A.
Here's what I took away from it (and I won't go into tons of detail in case you plan on seeing her at a guitar store near you).
-really nice and patient to all the people
-when asked questions she would sometimes have a conversation with them especially if it was a kid
-she grew up being a big Vai, Becker, Malmsteen, Friedman fan and learned using their instructional DVDs. This was of interest as I had to google Becker.
oops forgot Petrucci. Fan of Awakening and his instructional DVD.
-she was very diplomatic with her answers to questions like passive vs active, grunge vs shred
-I was intrigued by her thoughts on EVH..... she felt that all guitarists owe him a great deal but for her personally she was too young and "missed the wonder" of discovering EVH. Fair enough, good chance you might feel that way especially if you got into guitar as a 13 year old in 1999.
-she is a super huge fan of music. I had no idea that satchel of steel panther was in a band called Fight. Which she particularly likes.
-big time gear head. Very happy to talk about her gear and what she likes about it. Made a funny guitar joke..... she was showing how the Ibanez S series is really well balanced and you can hold it by the neck joint. She said most guitar will tip towards the body..... unless you have a Dean.
-happy to talk technique she went into tips on sweep picking (when some one asked her about it)
-lots of positive stuff about being yourself, pushing yourself with different types of music etc
-spoke about being a woman in metal
-she made her own backing tracks on pro tools.
-she's working on her own album with some 7 string stuff in drop A. But doesn't feel comfortable with 8+ string guitars.
I had no idea what to expect and left thinking what a talented, knowledgeable and kind person.
A real pleasure to meet someone and find out they are way cooler and nicer than you expected.
I would definitely consider going to another clinic sometime even for someone I don't know as it was a neat experience.