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Five Lively Interviews And Seven Fresh Columns

Guitarists From All Over The Globe Are Featured

February-March 2016

letterelcome to the February edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. Regular contributors such as Mike Campese, Tom Hess, and Tommaso Zillio are featured, alongside new interviews with Nick Davies (England), Alex Rosselli (Italy), Gabe Treiyer (Argentina), Francis Howard and Simon Gardner (Australia). Chops maintenance, acoustic arrangements and music theory evaluation are just three of the subjects found in this issue, giving guitarists more ideas for growth and improvement. In total, seven new featured articles have been submitted on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. Remarkably, we've published over 200 artist interviews, while nearly 210 musicians and industry experts have written over 1000 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, "Have you been to a live show or concert in the past three months?" Our respondents really support the live music scene, as a whopping 85% have been to a show within the last few months. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know what you think is more beneficial to you from the primary Guitar Nine content - artist interviews or guest columns.

This edition's guest columnists are writing about rhythm, phrasing, and building a music career, all delivered directly to your web browser. We've got seven fresh columns altogether - one written by a new columnist and six written by returning columnists.

Tom Hess is back with a double shot of columnar expresso with "How To Play Awesome Lead Guitar Solos: Playing Emotional Solos" and "The Most Important Factors For Building A Music Career". Mike Campese has returned with another important technique column, "Maintaining Your Chops". Acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "How To Make Your Unplugged Acoustic Songs Sound Killer!". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio is back with "Why Not All Music Theory Is Equal, And How To Spot A Hack". Joining us again after a long hiatus is guitar player Nick Layton with "Three Critical Elements Of Good Guitar Phrasing - Part One". Finally, we welcome a new columnist, Austrian guitarists David Sertl, with his submission "Sense Of Rhythm, Subdivisions, Metronome Abuse".

The February update includes new interviews with British guitarist Nik Davies, Italian axeman Alex Rosselli, guitarist Gabe Treiyer, guitar player Francis Howard, and Australian six-stringer Simon Gardner.

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.

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