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Now Featured Are 7 New Articles, 2 Interviews

Improve Your Technique And Knowledge, While Discovering New Artists

April-May 2014

letterelcome to the April edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine. Choosing band members, technical exercises and arpeggio shapes are just a few of the subjects found in this issue - a wide range of topics with something for everyone. In total, seven guest columnists have submitted fresh articles on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. You can also read two new interviews with undiscovered (or up-and-coming) guitar players. Also, please enjoy sampling some great music released by over 1000 musicians we've worked with over the past 17 years! Of note, over 190 musicians (including many of the recording artists selling their music online) 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 how many guitars they currently own. Over 88% of respondents have 3 or more guitars in their arsenal - in the words of Austin Powers - yeah baby, yeah! We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know how (or if) you currently record your own guitar playing.

This edition's guest columnists are featuring technique builders, CD graphic design tips, and a guide to finding bandmates directly to your web browser. We've got seven fresh columns altogether - all written by by returning columnists.

Tom Hess returns with another double shot of columnar expresso with "7 Rule Guide For Finding Committed Band Members" followed by the B-side of "How To Turn Your Thoughts Into Musical Emotions". Mike Campese will jump start your technique with his column "Technical Exercises". Independent music consultant Chris Knab instructs with his "Top 10 CD Design Tips". Guitarist Jean-Pierre Zammit also returns with his article "Arpeggio Shapes: Dominants". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio expands your mind with "Expressive Chord Creation". Finally, Tim Sweeney contributes the only slightly whimsical "Marry A Bank Robber To Promote Your Music".

The April update includes new interviews with Australian guitarist Marty Rice and Puerto Rican guitar player Ivan Rivera.

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.

As you can see, our overall mission continues to be to provide a wealth of easily accessible resources to help you to achieve your musical goals, whatever they may be.

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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