Doesn't Walmart sell Squiers? when usually asked about what to start brand wise I saw squiers. And I agree 100% with the whole resale part of it but i dont know so much about selling back and making any significant money, for example i would imagine a person who is looking to buy a guitar for their kid/relative/friend what have you is going to look in a store before they look online for the USED guitar because they most likely dont know about it. I am confused how people come across PRS's and dont have any talent whatsoever, how do they know what to look for, why would you waste all that money on a guitar if you cant even play while i drool at the thought of owning a PRS :P. Since you are a teacher what advice would you give to a guitar player who has been playing for a number of years and wants to finally learn the whole music theory part of it? much appreciated.
I'm not sure if Walmart sells squires or not, might depend on the area. Well what I was saying about reselling it was just a general suggestion. If you're gonna buy a guitar you might as well buy one that will hold some value if you decide to get rid of it. The whole PRS thing might be something specific to where I live (Washington DC), I've had a few students that were clearly just rich guys who thought that having the best guitar was gonna make them a great player. There's a lot of ignorant people with too much money in DC.
As far as theory goes, this is actually a question I get asked a lot. I am of the opinion
that there are certain pieces of music theory that are more important to guitarist than others. Not saying that learning all the different parts of theory is a bad thing, it's just that as a guitarist, knowing all the particulars of what makes Baroque music Baroque, what makes Romantic music romantic, etc, isn't really that important. If you were learning piano or cello that would be different, b/c that's the kind of music you're gonna be playing. The main theory you want to learn on guitar is the concept of Scales, Chords, and Chord progressions. I don't know how much basic theory you already know, but if you've been playing a few years, you've probably already started to grasp some of the fundemental concepts. To reiterate the basics:
1. Western Music is based around the "major" scale. In the key of C that would be: C D E F G A B C
2. All of the other concepts like Chords and Chord progressions build off this concept of a major scale. For example to make a Chord from the above scale, you put the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale into a stack and play them together: C E G . That's a simple major triad (3 notes together).
3. A Chord progression is what happens when you take that same scale, build chords around each note of the scale, and then play a certain "progression" of chords in a defined sequence. The most basic of this concept would be a traditional 12-bar blues progression. Staying in the key of C, you want to make a chord around the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the scale. Using the same intervals (distance between notes) as #2, you get the following:
Those are your chords. A 12-bar blues progression would be 1-4-1-5-1, using the numbered chords above.
I'm sure you probably already know most of this. Basically how you want to learn theory on guitar is to learn some basic concept like above, and then apply the same concept to all 12 keys. 95% of the time when I hear a "bad" or "terrible" guitarist, it's not their fretting or picking technique that's the problem. It's their inability to change keys with the song.
Another thing is learning all the different scales you can. There are different schools of thought about how to do this, but I'm a big fan of the CAGED method. And the really important thing about scales is once you learn them, re-learn them with different fingering patterns, starting at different octaves, etc. There's probably nothing worse than hearing someone run up and down the minor pentatonic scale in the same position over and over. The guitar is a lot like the piano in that you can take the same fingering shape (like a power chord) and move it all over the neck and get the same chord. That same concept can be applied to scales and even songs.
Wow I didn't really mean to write that much. Hope this helps in some way.