Newsletter December-January 2009



The December-January edition is now online!

There are a number of super Christmas, seasonal and holiday instrumental guitar CDs available, including many new titles - check 'em out!

Holiday CDs

Remember, with the holiday gift giving season upon us, we now have Guitar Nine e-mail gift certificates available, perfect for the discriminating guitar music lover. Read more about them by clicking below.

E-mail Gift Certificates

New Columns

Guest column bonanza once again in December with 14 contributions. Our guest columnists bring business expertise, guitar instruction, and compositional skill to the table, and cover areas such as guitar technique, live performance and artistic integrity. We've got fourteen fresh articles altogether - eleven by returning columnists along with three new contributors. Canadian guitarist David Martone is back with "Zone Recording: Recording Vox Videos". Tom Hess returns with a new column for players called "How To Make A Great Guitar Solo". Mike Campese puts out yet another technique column, "Moto Perpetuo Continued". Guy Pople returns with another in his series "Harmonic Alchemy: Rhyme Of The Augmented". Guitarist Scott Allen is back with his column entitled "Behind: From The Blindside". Guitarist Kole returns after a hiatus with his new column "5 Priceless Composition Tips for the Young Composer". Jean-Pierre Zammit also rejoins us with his tips in "Trills Workout". Guitarist Mike O'Malley is back with more ideas in, "Single String Scales". Marketing expert Christopher Knab returns with his thoughts in "The Value Of Creating Community In The Music Industry". Guitarist Nick Layton has some great advice in "Improving Your Phrasing, Part 4". Our new contributors include Draven Grey with "Building An Army Of Fans Every Time You Perform", Tommaso Zillio with "Ideas Without Limits, Part 1" and Lou Lombardi with his "Songwriting Tips". Finally, indie marketing and promotions expert Tim Sweeney returns with a practical matter in "A Musician's Best Friend To A Headliner Spot".

David Martone

Tom Hess

Mike O'Malley

Christopher Knab

Scott Allen

Draven Grey

Mike Campese

Nick Layton

Tommaso Zillio


Guy Pople

Tim Sweeney

Lou Lombardi

Jean-Pierre Zammit

New Interviews

December updates include new interviews with Italian guitarist Simone Fiorletta and American bassist Ben Kuzay.

Simone Fiorletta Interview

Ben Kuzay Interview

The Rediscovered

This edition we're shining the spotlight on four of the most outstanding artists from the eleven years of the Undiscovered series profiles - we're calling it, 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.

The Rediscovered

New Instrumental Guitar CDs

Guitar Nine has added another 8 new instrumental guitar CDs to the site in the past two months. This brings the total number of instrumental guitar CDs available to 1927!

CDs are now online and shipping for Gerald Gradwohl Trio, Matt Kroll, Eric Roberts, Tommy Ermolli, Simone Fiorletta, Salvatore Russo, Toby Knapp and Glenn Cannon.

With the blend of the world's best Independent Artists along with our Distributed Artists Series, Guitar Nine aims to provide one-stop shopping for instrumental guitar enthusiasts.

Check out the Latest Additions/Releases and Listening Room at:

Latest Releases
Listening Room

To order any of the 1927 discs:

Price List


Ordering Information

For general ordering information/checkout, visit:

Ordering Information

Selling Your CD With Us

If you'd like more information about selling your instrumental guitar release with us:

Merchandising Program


The most recently added guitar-oriented, concert DVDs recently added include titles by Marty Friedman and the Travis Larson Band among others.

DVD SoundCheck

Guitar Instruction

Browse over 250 titles in the area of guitar instruction, including the new DVD by Magic Elf guitarist Carl Roa, the new book/CD by Tobias Hurwitz, and a number of recently added Lick Library titles by Danny Gill and Andy James.

Instructional SoundCheck

Guitar Music 9 Latest Additions

The latest and greatest additions and reissues to the Guitar Nine sister site, Guitar Music 9, include:

Elemment - Progressive Metal

Rivera/Bomma - Hard Rock/Metal

Reflection - Heavy Metal

There are now 553 guitar-oriented vocal titles available, with MP3 samples provided for previewing each artist.

Guitar Music 9 Main Page

Classifieds And The Home Studio Registry

For over thirteen years we've offered free classifieds and a free listing on the Home Studio Registry. Use the classifieds to sell that piece of gear that you can't find any use for, find new music or advertise yourself to potential collaborators. Join the Registry to meet and hook up with other Home Studio owners like yourself to discuss gear, techniques, maintenance or production.

Free Classifieds

Home Studio Registry

In Conclusion

As always, your comments, support and feedback are appreciated.
Dan McAvinchey
Guitar Nine