Reader’s Choice: Cover Tunes That Are Better Than The Originals

The true test of covering someone elses’ song is making it your own. That’s no easy feat, and while there’s a tonne of cover versions of classic and contemporary tunes, only a few stand the test of time. Even more rare are the ones that eclipse the original. Recently we asked Seymour Duncan readers what their…

Chord Substitutions: The Tritone

Ah, the diabolus in musica: ‘The Devil in Music’ it was called centuries ago. The tritone interval was considered so dissonant that it led to stories of singers in the church being banned from using it. While kinda cool, stories like that are likely not true; in fact, the tritone was used in many Baroque…

Breaking Down the Barriers: The Locrian Mode

Now we come to the end of my series on modes of the major scale, and this is a tough one. The Locrian mode is the least used, and probably the most misunderstood out of all of the modes of the major scale. This one isn’t tough to play, though. It is just a C…

Talking Tone & Thrash Royalty With Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman is one of those guitarists that you can rely on to cover any musical situation you throw at them. Just look at his resume: from Prong to Madonna and Adam Lambert, Pittman has the chops, tone and professionalism to slip into a song with the right balance of musical authenticity and individual personality. In November 2012 he released M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Part 1.

Hello Me… Meet the Real Me: Mustaine

Dave Mustaine is universally known as the founder of Megadeth and forefather of thrash metal. Dave made significant contributions to Metallica as a member from 1981-1983, and has writing credits on their first two albums. The Seymour Duncan User Group Forum held a Q&A with Mustaine in 2010, with fans pouring in to ask Dave any…

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