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Improve Your Practicing And Soloing, Learn Theory And More

Online Magazine Has Six Fresh Columns For April

April-May 2016

letterelcome to the April edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. Regular contributors such as Tom Hess, Mike Campese, Simon Candy and Tommaso Zillio are back with some excellent technique columns, and a new interview with guitarist Dana Gaynor is also featured. Shred licks, acoustic guitar phrasing and music theory training are just three of the subjects found in this issue, giving guitarists more ideas for growth and improvement. In total, six new featured articles have been submitted on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing 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, "Which Guitar Nine content do you find to more useful?" Respondents were nearly perfect split on the issue, with a very slight edge going to Guest Columns over Artist Interviews. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know what your plans are for your music in 2016.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about soloing, live performance issues, and acoustic guitar phrasing, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got six fresh columns altogether - all written by returning columnists.

Tom Hess is back with a double shot of columnar expresso with "Soloing: Creating Strong Emotions Over Chords" and "Practicing Guitar Effectively With Results: A Three Step Process". Mike Campese has returned with another excellent technique column, "Melodic Minor Shred Lines". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio is back with "Four Reasons Why Music Theory Is The Key To Learning Guitar". Acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "Improving Acoustic Guitar Playing Using Other Instruments". Joining us again is music business guru Christopher Knab with "About Playing Live...".

The April update includes a new interview with Pennsylvania area guitarist Dana Gaynor.

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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