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New Year, 9 New Columns, 3 New Interviews

Web Site Begins 2015 With New Faces And New Ideas

February-March 2015

letterelcome to the February edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine. A trio of new columnists, including Sam Russell, Dallas Dwight and Chris Glyde, join some of our regular contributors with guitar technique ideas, music business advice and inspiration. Altogether, six columnists have submitted articles in their areas of specialty that will interest guitar players and independent musicians alike. 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 if they had ever played the popular video game "Guitar Hero". Perhaps predictably, since a large number of readers are guitar players themselves, the overwhelming majority of respondents said, "No, and I never will." Think about that - never! We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know what you would do with 20 extra hours of time a week.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about musical sophistication, emotional playing, and teaching guitar, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got nine fresh columns altogether - six written by returning columnists and three new columnists.

Tom Hess is back with a quadruple shot of columnar expresso with "Secrets To Achieving Great Success As A Guitar Teacher" along with "The Five Keys To Greatness", "Making It In The Music Business" and "Maximizing Emotion In Guitar Playing". Mike Campese continues his technical focus with his article "Single String Arpeggios". Guitarist Simon Candy returns with his "Avoid Sucking At Guitar!". Finally, our trio of new columnists include Sam Russell with "Spice Up Your Open Chords With Modal Notes", Dallas Dwight with "The Benefits Of Playing Guitar" and finally Chris Glyde with "Sophisticated Simple Music".

The February update includes new interviews with guitar player Adrian Weiss, guitarist Michael Cerna, and axeman Alex Baboian.

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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