Category Archives: The Players Room

Some Hero Worship: Brian May

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I doubt there’s a guitarist in this world who doesn’t owe Brian May a debt of gratitude in one form of another. Continue reading

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What To Expect At An Open Jam

Joe Bonamassa Signature Pickup Set

Here is what to expect (and how to act) when you show up in an unfamiliar place, playing unfamiliar songs with musicians you have (likely) never met. Continue reading

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Theory Basics: What is I-IV-V anyway?

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Do you have a favorite song that uses the I-IV-V progression? What chord progressions have you been working on? Continue reading

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2014: A Year in Review

2014 was a year filled with ups and downs, triumph and tragedy. It seemed busier than normal as far as years go. It was a whirlwind in every sense of the word: socially, musically and in the entertainment world. Continue reading

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Reader’s Choice Top 10 Guitar Solos

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We surveyed the Seymour Duncan Facebook audience to find out what ranked as their top guitar solos of all time. Here’s how the Top 10 broke down. Continue reading

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So You Want to Be a Career Musician?

It takes work to get to this point.

This article explains some of the challenges I have had in becoming a professional musician, and what sacrifices artists make to bring you the music you love. Continue reading

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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If you’ve overheard your special someone talking about a specific pickup set they’d like, or your spouse has left a print-out of one of the Seymour Duncan web pages with the words “I want this!” written all over it, please do yourself – and that special someone – a favor and get them a set of the best pickups around. For everyone else, here is the official Seymour Duncan Holiday Gift Guide. Continue reading

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There Is No Substitute For Hard Work

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This article explains some of the work required to becoming a working professional, and to continually improve our aptitude on guitar, learn about gear, and optimize our tone. Who knew it was going to be this hard? Continue reading

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The Importance Of Playing with Other Musicians

"Yeah, just flew in...and what?"

There are different kinds of “chops” one can have. Playing by yourself to a click or metronome with your DAW is worlds apart from actually having other musicians in the room and interacting with them. It’s almost but not quite an entirely different skill set. Not that the first set of skills don’t benefit the second: having solid home practice chops are nearly invaluable when playing with others as you’re better prepared walking in the door, but it takes learning – and retaining the ability – to take cues from one another and vibing as a group to become a fully well-rounded musician. Continue reading

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Feed Your Frankenstein: Ten Halloween Sounds You Can Make With Your Guitar

The BC Rich Lita Ford Signature Warlock featuring a Kahler Hybrid Tremolo Unit

Have you ever wondered how they make all of those cool sound effects in your favorite thrillers? On those backlot tours I learned that there are entire crews of people dedicated to that very purpose for every horror film that is made. The cool part? You can use your guitar to make some of the very same sounds you’re used to hearing during your favorite horror movies. Continue reading

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