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ROCKtober Is Instrumental Guitar Month

Tenth Annual Tribute To Instrumental Guitarists And Bands Worldwide

October-November 2014

letterelcome to the October edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine, and we're celebrating the tenth annual Instrumental Guitar Month, a great time to remember, support, discover, promote, and celebrate the many practitioners of this near-underground musical sub-genre. Tell a friend, open a seasonal beverage and enjoy some great music! Promotion, 7-string guitar and shred techniques are just three of the subjects found in this issue, giving guitarists more ideas for growth and improvement. In total, seven new featured articles have been submitted on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. To date, over 190 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 if they currently purchase digital music downloads, and the overwhelming majority said... no (nearly 70%)! This an increase from the 51% in 2012 who said they did not purchase downloads. One reason may be streaming services that offer huge catalogs of music, making the purchase of individual songs and albums increasingly unnecessary. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know how long it has been since you've seen a guitarist live that really blew you away.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about shred lines, rhythmic variations and promotion, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got seven fresh columns altogether - all written by by returning columnists.

Tom Hess is back with a quadruple shot of columnar expresso with "7 String Guitar Playing: 5 Transforming Creative Tactics" along with "How To Promote Your Career And Build Your Fan Base", "Use Your Favorite Singer's Voice To Write Guitar Solos" and "Seven Unfortunate Truths About Your Guitar Teacher". Mike Campese continues his technique focus with his article "Wider Type Shred Lines". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up a column and video on "Rhythmical Variations Of Guitar Phrases: The Missing Element". Finally, independent music consultant Chris Knab is back with "Design Simple, But Effective Music Promo Materials".

The October update includes an interview with guitar player George Robinson.

This edition we're shining the spotlight on four more of the most outstanding artists from the eleven years of the Undiscovered series profiles - it's called The Rediscovered. Think of it as the best of the best of The Undiscovered artists - another chance to check in with guitar oriented musicians and bands you may have missed the first time around.

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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