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Guitar Playing, Artistic Inspiration, And More

Six Guest Columns, Three New Interviews For August

August-September 2015

letterelcome to the August edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. For over nineteen years, Guitar Nine has provided a wide selection of guitar-oriented instructional columns, news and information, and our August-September issue is certainly no exception. Six excellect articles are available in the issue, covering a range of musical topics of interest to independent musicians. Also, please enjoy sampling some great music released by over 1000 musicians we've worked with over the past 19 years! 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 is the one thing that virtually guarantees you will like an instrumental album?". The strong favorite (at 41%) was that the album was compositionally creative, outpacing both strong soloing and a dynamic mix of styles. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know what most influences your decision to buy a particular album or recording.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about soloing with chords, correcting technique and arpeggio magic, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got six fresh columns altogether - all written by by returning columnists.

Mike Campese has returned with another great column, "Major Triad Arpeggios". Tom Hess is back with another quadruple shot of columnar expresso with "How To Quickly Correct Your Guitar Playing Problems", along with "Six Ways To Attract Tons Of New Guitar Students", "The Secret To Becoming A Successful Professional Musician", and "How To Clean Up Your Blues Guitar Licks". Finally, guitarist Simon Candy returns with his article "Chords Are Not Just For Rhythm Playing".

The August update includes three new interviews: Argentinian guitarist Marcelo Roascio, Canadian guitarist Gary Borden, and guitar player Paul Bibbins.

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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