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ROCKtober Is Instrumental Guitar Month

Twelfth Annual Tribute To Instrumental Guitarists And Bands Worldwide

October-November 2016

letterelcome to the October edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine, and we're celebrating the 12th 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! Arpeggio techniques, harp like harmonics and playing fast are just three of the subjects found in this issue, giving guitarists more ideas for growth and improvement. In total, we've prepared four new artist interviews, and four new featured articles have been published on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. Of note, we've published over 200 artist interviews, while nearly 210 musicians and industry experts have written over 1000 guest columns for this site since 1996.

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, "Which guitar effect do you like the best?" Delay/echo was the top choice, closely followed by distortion. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know which Halloween song rocks hardest.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about guitar intervals, harp like harmonics and playing fast , all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got four fresh columns altogether - all written by returning columnists.

Mike Campese has returned with another excellent technique column, "Arpeggio Sequences". Tom Hess is back with an excellent speed article "How To Make It Easy To Play Guitar Fast". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio is back with "Guitar Intervals: A Simple Way Make Stale Solos Fresh". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "How To Play Cascading, Harp Like Harmonics On Your Acoustic Guitar".

The October update includes new interviews with guitarist Steve Salter, British guitar player Rob Garland, German guitarist Mark Protze, English guitarist Sam Russell, and Spain's axemaster Andre Tonelli.

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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