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Instrumental Guitar Site Marks 20th Anniversary

Guitar Nine Celebrates 20 Great Years Online

June-July 2016

letterelcome to the June edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. June of 1996 marked our entry into cyberspace, and after twenty great years, Guitar Nine has become well known for providing a wide variety of free instructional material, news and information. To celebrate, six guest columnists have submitted seven excellent articles on a range of musical topics of interest to independent 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, "What are your plans for your music in 2016?" A large majority of the respondents are planning to spend it writing and recording, which is time well spent in our opinion. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know when was the first time you visited the Guitar Nine site.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about sweep picking, growing as a player, and the octave pattern, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got seven fresh columns altogether - five written by returning columnists, and two penned by a brand new contributor.

Mike Campese has returned with another excellent technique column, "Picking And Independence". Tom Hess is back with a technique article "Creating Awesome Sweep Picking Licks". Good to have David Andrew Wiebe join us; he has two columns "How To Prepare For Your Next Gig As A Session Guitarist" and "Don't Stop Growing as a Guitarist! Here' s How to Keep Challenging Yourself". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio is back with "Using The Octave Pattern In Real-Life Guitar Playing Scenarios". Acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "Playing Acoustic Blues Rhythm Guitar Parts That Are Worth Listening To".

The June update includes new interviews with Italian guitarist Dimitry Scopelliti, French fusion guitar player Renaud Louis-Servais, and former Blue Cheer guitarist Randy Holden.

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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