Talking Guitar With Between The Buried And Me’s Dustie Waring

Dustie Waring has recently joined the Seymour Duncan family, and we caught up with him for a quick chat while the band is out on the road on the Coma Ecliptic tour with Animals As Leaders.

Effects Basics: The Volume Control

This article will explain exactly what these knobs do (duh!) and how you can use them to fool your audience into thinking that they are listening to a cello, steel guitar, or keyboard. Once you get to know these knobs well, it may even affect future guitar purchases!

ESP’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 Collection

ESP celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015, and they’ve unveiled the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 collection of very special guitars and basses designed to showcase the skills and creativity of their craftsmen and the quality of the materials they work with.

The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Hi-Def Boost & Line Driver

If this pedal sounds familiar, it is because it is an update of an earlier Seymour Duncan pedal. This version improves on the original by adding the ability to start at unity gain (0dB boost) and make its way all the way up to a whopping 25 dB boost. It features a new drive path…

An Audience With Rob ‘Chappers’ Chapman

One of my personal highlights of the NAMM show back in January was the Chapman Guitars stand. Rob Chapman is very well known in the UK as a guitarist for two reasons: his involvement in various bands – currently the excellent Dorje – and his superb gear demonstrations and reviews on YouTube.

Playing in Parallel: The ‘Minor’ Modes

We’ve already looked at the modes of the C major scale, and we’ve also looked at the modes that have that happy, major sound. Now we turn our attention to modes that have a minor third – that is, the third note of the mode itself is 1 1/2 steps from the root.

Mode Mania: Hearing the Unique Sounds of Each Mode

Misunderstanding the modes of the major scale is common among guitarists. We practice them in all keys, up and down the fretboard, in sequences, with different rhythmic groupings. The secrets to these mysterious inversions of the major scale lie in the chords they are played over. This article will explain some ways we can hear the unique sound of each mode, and develop interesting chord progressions that allow us to hear them in their native habitat.

Breaking Down the Barriers: The Mixolydian Mode

In the last Breaking Down the Barriers article, I discussed the Lydian, or 4th mode, of the major scale. The Mixolydian mode is a very popular one, so you are bound to hear it more. It sounds great with many styles of music too, so you may easily find a use for it.  You can…

Breaking Down the Barriers: The Phrygian Mode

Recently, I wrote a piece about the Ionian and Dorian modes, the first 2 modes of the major scale. Please check out that article as the theory in this article builds on what was explained there. Let’s dive right in by explaining the next mode: the exotic–sounding Phrygian. Remember, modes are the same scale, just…

The Re-Ampinator: aka “D.I. Baby D.I.”

Lately I’ve become a huge fan of recording DI (direct-injection) guitar tracks in Pro Tools 10. This is done by plugging directly into the recording interface (in my case an Mbox II), and allows the ability to change amp emulations on the fly once you’ve recorded a performance you’re satisfied with – allowing insane amounts of tonal flexibility.

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