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ROCKtober Is Instrumental Guitar Month

Eleventh Annual Tribute To Instrumental Guitarists And Bands Worldwide

October-November 2015

letterelcome to the October edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine, and we're celebrating the 11th 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! Shred techniques, Chet Atkins-style playing and teaching guitar 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. Remarkably, 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, "What most influences your choice to buy a particular album or recording?". The most popular choice (at 40%) was the reputation of the artist, something on which all artists and their team are keen to capitalize. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know if you've ever taken online guitar lessons and how much you spent in the process.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about position shifts when shredding, playing in the Chet Atkins style, and practicing more effectively, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got seven fresh columns altogether - all written by by returning columnists.

Mike Campese has returned with another technique column, "Shredding With Position Shifts". Tom Hess is back with a quintuple shot of columnar expresso with "Why Some Guitar Teachers Are More Successful Than Everyone Else", along with "Why You Aren't Beating The Guitar Teaching Competition In Your City", "The Four Worst Fears Of Guitar Players", "The Worst Questions To Ask About Building A Music Career". and "How To Practice Guitar More Effectively And Eliminate Mistakes". Finally, guitarist Simon Candy returns with his article "Awesome Guitar Techniques In The Style Of Chet Atkins".

The October update includes a new interview with Argentinian guitarist Marcelo Roascio.

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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