Newsletter June-July 2013



The June-July edition is now online!

Over 1100 instrumental guitarists, guitar-oriented guitarists and guitar-heavy bands are selling downloads through Apple's iTunes site. Every click-through supports the work done on this site!

iTunes Downloads

Our 2013 site sponsor is the Stratakat project, whose new album, "No Rules" is available now for free download!

Stratakat "No Rules"

New Columns

This edition's guest columnists offer tips on chord mastery, writing songs, live performance, and other music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got eight fresh columns altogether - six written by returning columnists and two authored by first time contributors.

Mike Campese delivers a new technique column entitled "Bach Cello Suite No. 1". Tom Hess returns with "How To Teach Guitar Students To Practice". "How To Know If You Have Mastered Vibrato On Guitar" is the latest from Mike Philippov. Guitarist Tommaso Zillio returns with his article "Six Things Guitar Players Don't Understand About Music Theory". Ryan Buckner is back with his column "Write Better Songs On Guitar By Avoiding These 3 Songwriting Errors". Finally, Paul Kleff rejoins us with his contribution, "Guitar Chord Change Mastery - How To Play Complete Songs". New columnists include Jeremy Rouse with "Open String Licks", and Ryan Duke, who has written "Building Confidence in Your Live Performance".

Mike Campese

Tom Hess

Mike Philippov

Tommaso Zillio

Jeremy Rouse

Ryan Duke

Ryan Buckner

Paul Kleff

New Interviews

The June update includes a new interview with guitarist Mika Tyyska of the band Mr. Fastfinger.

Mika Tyyska

The Rediscovered

We shine our 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.

The Rediscovered


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Home Studio Registry

In Conclusion

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