25 Ways To Improve Your Playing

It isn’t fun to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you can chase the musical muse down the metaphorical rabbit hole and get wedged in there, unable to back out or to go any deeper. It can feel pretty frustrating, and at a certain point a rut can discourage you from playing altogether. Or maybe you’re not in a rut: maybe you just want to get better, and fast. Either way, the trick to technical transcendence is often found in how you approach the guitar from a philosophical rather than physical point of view. We’ve compiled 25 tricks that will help you to up your skill level, whether you’re stuck in a rut or if you just want to bolt a new dimension or two onto your playing.

Seymour Duncan Releases Mark Holcomb Alpha & Omega Signature Pickups

SANTA BARBARA, CA March 1, 2017 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the over-the-counter release of Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s Alpha and Omega pickups in 6, 7 and 8-string versions. “The Alpha/Omega set has been the heartbeat of my sound for the past several years,” Mark Holcomb says. “Since we…

Mark Holcomb Alpha/Omega For 6, 7 & 8-String

Back in 2015 we released Mark Holcomb’s signature Alpha & Omega pickups as a limited edition Seymour Duncan Custom Shop exclusive. It wasn’t long before all of the sets were gone, but as Mark (and our customer service and social media department) will attest, fans never stopped asking for their chance to own a set….

The Birth of the Black Winter

Seymour Duncan offers many different pickups for many different kinds of players, and a lot of the time those pickups are built with a particular tonal mission in mind: a pickup for blues, for hard rock, for jazz. But perhaps the most specific ‘genre’ pickup in the Seymour Duncan catalog is the Black Winter. This…

New Seymour Duncan Pickup SETS

Getting the best sound out of your guitar has just become easier. Seymour Duncan has taken the guesswork out of matching the correct pickups together and has introduced a line of matched sets that are built to work together and sound great, right out of the box. While you will still be able to obtain…

Flying High On The Majestic Pegasus

When it comes to low-tuned, high gain metal many people think a high-output humbucker is the best type pickup to go with. It’s certainly great for some styles, but what if your style involves a lot of complex chords? Sometimes a high-output pickup and high-output amp can turn your well-chosen combination of notes into complete mush. And…

Friends of SD: Halo Guitars

This article will showcase some of their production models, as well as their interactive Custom Shop, where you can virtually build the guitar of your dreams and save the picture on your desktop so you can stare at it longingly until it arrives.

Black Winter 7/8 String Now Available

The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. They give you a tightness with plenty of mids and clear highs for articulation and underlying saturation – perfect for many forms of metal.

Unleashing The Flexibility Of The Sentient

I’ve been fascinated by 7-string guitars since I first heard about them in 1990. I was 12 years old at the time and I saw Steve Vai on TV describing his new axe, and that it was good for all sorts of genres, not just rock. That always stuck with me, although it would be…

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