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Picking Techniques, Open Tunings, And More

Six Guest Columns, Three New Interviews For August

August-September 2016

letterelcome to the August edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. For over twenty years, Guitar Nine has provided a wide selection of guitar-oriented instructional columns, news and information, and our August-September issue is certainly no exception. Six excellect articles are available in the issue, covering a range of musical topics of interest to independent musicians. Also, we've interviewed three more guitarists who all have a lot to share with the community. 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, "When did you first visit the Guitar Nine site?" Well over 40% of respondents have been with us since the beginning, over 15 years of loyal readership. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know your favorite guitar effect (either as a player, or as a listener).

This edition's guest columnists are writing about picking techniques, open tunings, and the zen of practicing, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got six fresh columns altogether - five written by returning columnists, and one penned by a brand new contributor.

Tom Hess is back with a great technique article "Effective Picking Techniques To Play Lightning Fast". Mike Campese has returned with another excellent technique column, "Technical Muscial Examples From 'Chapters'". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio is back with "Escaping The CAGED Guitar Part 1: Unlocking The Right Hand`s Potential". Please welcome for the first time, guitarist Roland Nipp, who has contributed "'Practice' Doesn’t Have To Be An Eight Letter Word". Guitar player David Sertl offers up his perspectives on "What We Learn From Satriani`s Debuts". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with Instantly Sound Great, Playing Your Acoustic Guitar In Open Tunings ".

The August update includes new interviews with Australian guitarist Phil Manning, French guitar player Chris Rolling, and Canadian guitarist Mike Milan Dedic.

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.

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