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We're Celebrating Our 19th Anniversary

Six Guest Columnists, Three New Interviews Featured In June

June-July 2015

letterelcome to the June edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. June of 1996 marked our entry into cyberspace, and after nineteen great years, Guitar Nine has become well known for providing a wide variety of free instructional material, news and information. To celebrate, six guest columnists have submitted nine excellent articles on a range of musical topics of interest to independent musicians. Also, please enjoy sampling some great music released by over 1000 musicians we've worked with over the past 19 years! Of note, over 200 musicians have written guest columns for this site since 1997.

Be sure to visit the Guitar Nine iTunes download page, which features over 1000 instrumental guitarists, guitar-oriented guitarists and guitar-heavy bands selling downloads through Apple's iTunes site.

Last edition's survey results are in! We asked site visitors the question, "How would you best spend a $50,000 grant?". The top choice (at slightly over 22%) by respondents was to hire professional promoters for their music. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know the one element of an instrumental album that virtually guarantees you will enjoy it.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about odd meters, teaching guitar and becoming a fretboard master, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got nine fresh columns altogether - all written by by returning columnists.

Mike Campese helps to "unflatten" and round out your technique with "Flat Keys". Tom Hess is back with another quadruple shot of columnar expresso with "Seven Questions That Sabotage Your Guitar Teaching Success", along with technique articles "Making Fast Progress May Keep You From Becoming A Great Guitarist ", "Enhance Your Playing Using John Petrucci's Style" and "Pentatonic Aggression: The Secret To Playing Badass Blues Guitar Licks". Dallas Dwight enhances your knowledge of rhythms with "Working With Odd Meters". Chris Glyde puts it all together with his "Fretboard Mastery". Guitarist Simon Candy returns with his article "Killer Ways To Totally Change The Way You Play Acoustic Guitar, Part 2". Finally, guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes another video lesson with "Metal Guitar 'Wrong Note' Playing Made Easy".

The June update includes three new interviews: Brazilian guitarist Lucas Fagundes, Iowa-based guitar player Dave Paris, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis.

Guitar NineGuitar Nine is an online guitar e-zine site located in Raleigh, North Carolina. From 1997 through early 2012, we operated a full-blown e-commerce site and record label selling instrumental and guitar-oriented CDs. Our final CD was the compilation "Handz Of Danz", fourteen tracks of hard rock, fusion, metal and blues from six guitarists named Dan. Our first CD, 'Guitar Haus', was released in 1997 by guitarist-composer Dan McAvinchey. McAvinchey also has written the "The Power To Release" columns for our on-line magazine.

Guitar Nine is dedicated to the idea that the guitar is probably one of the most expressive instruments ever invented, and with the use of effects and recording techniques, has an unlimited sonic palette. As much as we admit that there are only twelve notes, and all twelve have been played at sometime or another on a guitar, we firmly believe that the surface has only been scratched in terms of the creative uses for guitar and of the sounds that have yet to be discovered. We want to make sure that the quest for new uses for the guitar continues, and is celebrated and encouraged. This on-line magazine is our way of spreading the wealth of creative ideas around the globe and of keeping the guitar as an essential instrument in recordings well into the next century.

We believe there is so much you can do with your guitar playing besides learning riffs however. There are numerous sites on the internet that offer guitar lessons, techniques, licks, etc., but you may wish to explore the possibility of using your abilities on the guitar as a springboard into other areas. You may have a desire to write music, record songs, build a studio, or even release your own album. We hope that this web site will, over time, inspire you to set greater goals for yourself than you may have ever thought possible.

We would appreciate hearing from you via e-mail if you have any comments or ideas on how to make this web site even better.

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