So last week I posted on Facebook that I'm available to give lessons on home recording software (Logic, Ableton Live, etc.) and a musician I met briefly a few years ago commented that he should hire me to help him figure out how to use his pedal. I asked him which one and he said the Boss GT-1, which I used to own. I said sure so we booked a half hour lesson last night. It went great. Because I have owned so much equipment over the years I just read through the manual before we got on the call and googled a couple of pix of the pedal and off we went. I was able on a Zoom call to help him navigate the device, modifying sounds and explaining to him a whole lot of details that aren't covered in the manual. He's a good guitar player, just not a very techy person so it was a perfect match. He enjoyed the session so much we're going to meet again next week at the same time and work on plugging his GT-1 into his Mac so he can record himself in GarageBand. As a homework assignment I'm having him create a new patch imitating the sound of Jamie West-Oram's guitar from The Fixx. He'd never heard of them (kids these days!) so I sent him a link to the video for One Thing Leads to Another. I know that probably seems like a funny assignment, but it's an easy one for a beginner. I told him he would probably want a compressor pedal, the Clean Twin amp, maybe some chorus and a little reverb. He plays a Strat and the riff is dead simple so he should be able to nail it. I'm just laughing because I used to give guitar lessons when I was younger but nothing like this. I figured if any group of people could appreciate what a strange world this has become it would be you folks here. As Bugs Bunny used to say, eh, it's a living.