Guitar Nine Columns: Guest Columnists

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June-July 2014

Music industry guru Christopher Knab speaks about the appetite for perfection. A need to be not just good enough but great.

June-July 2014

Go ahead and `burn` your fretboard with these Major 7th arpeggios.

April-May 2014

Music industry guru Christopher Knab offers simple basics on graphic considerations when designing album artwork.

April-May 2014

Indie marketing guru Tim Sweeney reminds us to think outside the box.

April-May 2014

Wrapping your mind around the old "cowboy chords" but have no idea where to go from there? Here is a simple concept helping you break free and stimulating creativity.

April-May 2014

Dominants should be the arpeggios you study first since they are used regularly in Blues/Rock progressions and songs.

April-May 2014

Mike Campese is back with exercises to help you improve your picking, dexterity, and overall technique.

April-May 2014

In order to enhance your musical expression and clearly communicate your ideas, you must understand how to think creatively when you play guitar.

April-May 2014

Tom Hess helps you to find band members with the same drive and ambition that you have.

February-March 2014

Jean-Pierre teaches you about modes, with a small introduction and the `why` and `how` of their existence

February-March 2014

Indie marketing guru Tim Sweeney has advice for artists on ways to cope with the annual holiday seasons.

February-March 2014

Using the same guitar soloing approach as everyone else can only lead to one result: a guitar solo that has a very similar sound to nearly every other guitar solo out there.

February-March 2014

A lot has been written on Blues soloing, but preciously little on creative Blues rhythm playing. Don`t get caught playing the usual three power chords.

February-March 2014

Mike Campese is back with additional ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.

February-March 2014

Music industry guru Christopher Knab gives a basic introduction to your rights and other issues regarding your original songs and recordings.

February-March 2014

Tom Hess talks about how you can by use creative rhythm guitar practice methods to write your own rock and metal guitar riffs.

December-January 2013

You might think that the pentatonic scale is just an easy scale but with no depth - well, you are wrong.

December-January 2013

Pinpointing some very important factors that will help the student successfully go through and become a serious guitarist.

December-January 2013

Perhaps you have considered taking lessons but because someone you know had a disappointing experience with a teacher, you began to doubt if lessons are worth investing your time and money.

December-January 2013

There are four mistakes that you can fix that will drastically increase your musical creativity and help you come up with songwriting ideas much faster.

December-January 2013

Perhaps you have considered taking lessons but because someone you know had a disappointing experience with a teacher, you began to doubt if lessons are worth investing your time and money.

December-January 2013

Mike Campese is back with ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.

December-January 2013

Music industry guru Christopher Knab with a few words of advice to one over-exuberant, well-intentioned,would-be music industry professional.

October-November 2013

Music industry guru Christopher Knab reminds musicians that streaming music is still in its infancy.

October-November 2013

There`s always a lot of discussion about what to practice, but you should also consider how to practice.

October-November 2013

Mike`s tips are designed to help you maximize your guitar practice efficiency and effectiveness

October-November 2013

Mike Campese is back with excerpts from his latest CD, "Chameleon".

October-November 2013

An arrangement for fingerstyle guitar from the 1978 horror flick, written by the director John Carpenter.

October-November 2013

Many guitarists play truly inspiring guitar phrases without playing in a very technical manner, and you can do this to when you follow the steps in this article.

October-November 2013

It does not necessarily have to take you a very long time to gain the skills needed to accurately express yourself through music.

October-November 2013

Opening your mind to new ideas and new intuitions about ways to improve your guitar playing.

August-September 2013

The reality is, you don`t have to settle for limited financial gains in your guitar teaching business.

August-September 2013

The CAGED system as is commonly taught has a number of problems that prevent you to reach your full potential.

August-September 2013

Unity and variety in songwriting are essential to keeping a song balanced and maintaining interest throughout the entire piece of music.

August-September 2013

Guitar exercises, in and of themselves, do not guarantee (or produce) massive progress in your musical skills.

August-September 2013

Mike is back with the second part of a Bach excerpt arranged for guitar.

August-September 2013

Two notes together can move in more ways than up and down together.

August-September 2013

UK-based guitarist Sam Dawson will help to eliminate beginning fears and get you playing some picking patterns in no time.

June-July 2013

Most guitar players have a tendency to use a single (often limiting) approach to songwriting that holds them back from achieving the results they want.

June-July 2013

Here is a method to find out how much your vibrato has improved over the last 6-12 months of playing guitar.

June-July 2013

Paul Kleff offers a simple, orderly way to analyze songs and reduce them into small, easily-practiced parts that can be mastered individually and then assembled into the complete song.

June-July 2013

There is a simple way to learn music theory (more than one in fact).

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