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"Unusual Pentatonic Runs", "Streaming Music", 5 Others

Seven Articles From Six Guest Columnists Featured In This Issue

August-September 2014

letterelcome to the August edition of Guitar Nine`s on-line magazine. Pentatonic scales and streaming music revenue are just two of the subjects found in this issue, giving guitarists more ways to improve their playing ability and educate themselves about the business of music. In total, six guest columnists have submitted excellent articles on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. Also, please enjoy sampling some great music released by over 1000 musicians we`ve worked with over the past 18 years! Of note, 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 which (if any) guitar magazines they read. Guitar World magazine published in the U.S. took the top slot, while the fine British publication Guitar Techniques. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know if you currently purchase digital music downloads (we did a similar survey a few years ago; it will be great to see what has changed).

This edition's guest columnists are writing about pentatonic scales, improvising and sliding intervals, 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 another double shot of columnar expresso with "Ten Costly Guitar Teaching Business Mistakes" followed by the B-side of "Creating Rock Guitar Solo Improvisations". Mike Campese continues his technique focus with his article "Repeating Speed Picking Patterns". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio has contributed "Create Awesome Guitar Phrases With Sliding Intervals". Indie marketing guru Tim Sweeney recently penned "Are You Getting Paid to Criticize?" Independent music consultant Chris Knab is back with news in "Streaming Music Revenue Payments". Finally, guitarist Jean-Pierre Zammit also returns with his article "Unusual Pentatonic Runs".

The August update includes two new interviews: guitarist Chris Fury and 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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