Guitar Nine Columns: Guest Columnists

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Enjoy over 20 years of staff columns, guest columns, interviews and more!

October-November 2018

Simon takes a close look at the use of chords in this popular tuning.

October-November 2018

It's a misconception that inspiration is something that just appears out of thin air.

October-November 2018

Check out the 12-string guitar, as well as the songs you could practice and learn from using this instrument.

October-November 2018

An endless variety of melodic phrases can be derived from the permutation of chord tones.

October-November 2018

Mike teaches soloing over chord changes with a track from his album, "The Fire Within".

October-November 2018

Get memorable - immerse yourself into the world of repetition.

August-September 2018

Write an inspirational song that people actually want to listen to by incorporating different keys.

August-September 2018

Avoiding these crippling mistakes will eliminate frustration and lead to satisfying arrangements.

August-September 2018

If your songs are pleasant to listen to, but not the most captivating, check out these tips.

August-September 2018

A way of playing your guitar where you can sound full and complete without needing someone else to play with you.

August-September 2018

Write an inspirational song that people actually want to listen to by incorporating different keys.

August-September 2018

Mike has a new album, "The Fire Within". and breaks down a few of the notable tracks.

June-July 2018

Learn the sophisticated, awe inspired, and flat out mind-blowing style of percussive acoustic guitar.

June-July 2018

Is learning music theory is the way to go, or, will it drain your potential?

June-July 2018

Additional rhythmic variations to practice using the pentatonic scale as the vehicle.

June-July 2018

Mike delivers the keys to unlocking specific sounds, such as the Phrygian dominant mode, from the Harmonic Minor scale.

June-July 2018

Having a solid strategy for promoting your music and building your fanbase is so important - the good news is that there are endless ways to promote your music online.

June-July 2018

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

June-July 2018

Learning to use musical form will help you "cast" an idea into an entire song.

June-July 2018

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

April-May 2018

a simple and fun trick that many professionals often use in their songs.

April-May 2018

Rosocha teaches permutations - altered scale shapes based on fretboard position.

April-May 2018

Exploding the myths surrounding talent, inspiration and writer's block.

April-May 2018

Gaining fluency with triad arpeggios will help your soloing and rhythm playing.

April-May 2018

Play great songs such as “Landslide”, "Dust In The Wind" and "The Boxer".

April-May 2018

Tommaso delves into guitar solo harmonies - they are not as hard as they look.

February-March 2018

Take you guitar playing to the next level with Tommaso's best advice for the intermediate player.

February-March 2018

Tips on how to ready yourself for your next burst of songwriting inspiration.

February-March 2018

Slide guitar offers a very cool and unique sound that cannot be emulated any other way.

February-March 2018

Anyone (including yourself) can learn to develop creativity by using the proven methods and strategies for reaching this goal.

February-March 2018

Mark covers the essential picking styles new guitarists need to learn (or at least be familiar with).

February-March 2018

Mike shows you several ways to spice up your riffs, lines and solos with some chromatic passing tones.

December-January 2017

A technique that allows you to play both the melody and accompaniment parts of a blues tune at the same time.

December-January 2017

Online streaming is a good way of adding a new revenue channel to your live shows.

December-January 2017

Mike teaches you scale sequences (in the Hanon style, adapted from piano) that are great for your dexterity and precision.

December-January 2017

These exercises will help you to focus on string crossing with alternate picking, and also to help you develop left/right hand synchronization, speed and stamina.

December-January 2017

There's a chance you have too many unfinished songs sitting on your computer, or maybe even on your bookshelf - let's finish them.

December-January 2017

Melodies are what stick in the listeners mind and convey passion and emotion: creating coherence in your solos.

October-November 2017

If left unquestioned, these kind of thoughts can start to really build up and hurt your progress as a musician.

October-November 2017

Here are more true reasons for Vai's world-class guitar playing and the lessons each one holds for you.

October-November 2017

Tommaso maintains the skill of songwriting is developed through years of practice.

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