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The way of the pick: Essential guitar picking advice

Picky with the plecy Today, the mechanics of picking has been analysed into a fine science and I would like to share, but a drop in the ocean on this subject. Great Pickers and Greater Pickers Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the wizard of master pickers, conjured from the dark world of neoclassical guitar, followed by perhaps Michael Romeo from the band Symphony X and then a host of other fast guys stand in line closely behind. There is also a multitude of rock/metal players with a phenomenal and fantastic picking... Read More

Mastering Guitar Phrasing: II

Guest blog written by expert blogger – James Martin| As guitar players, it’s all too easy to get sucked into practicing long blistering shred licks, swept arpeggios and scale sequences, but to then find ourselves completely at a loss for ways to apply those ideas in the heat of the moment. You might be able to hammer the Phrygian Dominant mode at 200 bpm in sextuplets in the practice room, but then find yourself effectively tongue tied during a simple twelve-bar jam session. This is a problem I encountered... Read More


Who’s The BOSS When It Comes to Pedals?

Post provided by one of StringsDirect’s expert guitar bloggers – Mark Thompson from ‘Guitar Addiction’ Anyone who knows me will tell you about my pedal problem, the problem is the lack of owning every single pedal ever made. If I won the lottery I would have a pedal room or even a whole house of pedals, see I told you I had issues. Growing up as a young guitarist, Boss pedals were the bread and butter pedals on every pedal board. You could always guarantee that Boss would do the... Read More


A hands-on look at the BeatBuddy Drum Machine

Post Written by Mark T for Strings Direct Strings Direct is delighted to bring you a number of BeatBuddy products to assist you in achieving your musical nirvana. Follow the link to browse our official BeatBuddy range including the Drum Pedal, Dual Footswitch and Midi sync cable. I first started using drum machines back in the day when I found a used Yamaha QY10 in a second hand shop. This was a great backing tool, it had bass and keys and you could program chords into it, but the sounds... Read More


Experience the elixir of guitar strings at Strings Direct

Founded in 1995, the Elixir crew originally dealt mainly with instrument cabling and serendipitously discovered that Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated strings worked well as cables, but the less than stellar audio feedback meant that they couldn’t cut it as guitar strings. The team knew that they had stumbled onto something and immediately began to fine-tune their products to match the timbre and output of industry standard strings, working extensively with passionate guitarists around the world in a push to tweak their strings to match even the most precise requirements. Elixir continued... Read More

Why Every Guitarist Needs Reggae

This post was created and submitted by our guest writer: James Martin from Why reggae? Fair question – it’s not an obvious style of music to throw at beginner guitar players. Simply put, for guitar players reggae is all about the “and” – the up- or off- beat. Learning to feel the off beat is a crucial skill, but one that many guitar players bypass, because.. well, if you’re into rock, or metal, or blues… what does reggae have to do with any of that? Simple. EVERYTHING uses the... Read More

Legato – Ligado

Written by Mark Thompson from Guitar Addiction I love the sound of legato played on guitar and I’ve been opened up to a whole world of distinguishable and fantastic players who major in legato technique for their own sound. Some players practice to get extremely good at legato just for the liquid like sound it produces, some have excelled at this technique in the pursuit of speed and some adopt legato due to a lack in their picking technique. What is legato? Legato is an Italian word that means ‘tied... Read More


The Gods of Rock salute you – quotes from the guitar greats to rock your soul

We all take inspiration from someone or something, whether it be someone’s methodology, melody, harmony, texture, instrumentation, effects and sound or the creative process used to make music or practice. I like to source quotes from accomplished people and the great musicians of our times. These quotes give me a little lift or a push in the right direction or open up a new avenue of thought process in my own journey in music. Some, just give me validation that I’m doing the right thing. Music is an art, but... Read More

Top Tips for Mastering the Art of Guitar Phrasing!

How to master guitar phrasing – Top Tips from Strings Direct’s guitar experts. Phrasing is an important subject and mastering phrasing is as much a part of the mechanic of music as the technical side of it. Just think of the many different ways people phrase the same words or sentences, this is the same in musical phrases, too. We can often tell guitarists apart by the uniquely identifiable way they phrase lines and our own phrasing can become what makes us unique in our own playing style.   The... Read More


D’Addario at Strings Direct

The Powerhouse that is D’Addario Strings Established in 1974 in Lyndbrook New York by members of the D’Addario family, the company, who primarily make guitar strings, have been recognised as one the leading manufacturers in the industry. The family were already well established string makers in the small town of Salle, Italy, previous to the creation of D’Addario Strings, Since then, the string makers have become the global powerhouse and front leaders in the manufacture of guitar strings, offering a range of strings for electric, acoustic and bass guitars. The... Read More