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’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. The annual Black Friday stampedes, er, “sales” have officially kicked off the holiday shopping season. Last year it seemed as though some people in my household may have read my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, because Santa was very kind. And I did not receive…

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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.

When Picks Attack!!

Once you’ve settled on a specific plectrum that feels good in your hand, how you approach each note (downward or alternate pick techniques etc, and even how you hold the pick itself) has a great deal to do with not only how easily you can play a series of notes, but the actual tone of…

Tension and the Economy of the Right Hand

While talking to students and trying to assess problems they may have while playing, I am constantly looking inward and trying to figure out why I play the way I play. This includes looking at the position of the guitar on the body, the type of pick, the angle of the wrists and the force…

The Gig Survival Kit

Success or failure at a gig often hinges on a single moment that tests you in some way. It could be a test of your gear, your chops, your energy level, your self-confidence, and at some gigs, your stomach. The best thing you can do to be ready for situations like this is to prepare in advance, and make sure you are ready for whatever a gig can throw at you.

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