Guitar Nine Columns: Songwriting, Composition, Theory

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

August-September 2019

Some rare studio gems which can be found for under $500.

June-July 2019

If you know scales and chords, then you are ready to start learning music theory.

June-July 2019

How ear training helps you develop skills that are at the core of your musicianship.

June-July 2019

Is it possible to get by as a musician without learning to read music?

April-May 2019

Think outside the box when it feels like you've already played everything of which you feel capable.

April-May 2019

This article is a great place to start if you are ready to learn music theory in a more useful and effective way.

February-March 2019

Remember: your unique intuition is the most important asset you possess.

February-March 2019

Which instrument should you be using, and is it possible to get away with not using one at all?

December-January 2018

Tips on how to continue your understanding of music theory with the right foot forward.

October-November 2018

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

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

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

August-September 2018

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

April-May 2018

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

April-May 2018

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

February-March 2018

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

December-January 2017

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

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.

October-November 2017

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

August-September 2017

Tommaso argues these myths are designed to keep your playing stagnant.

August-September 2017

The basis of all lyric writing - you may know one or two of these, but even then you need to practice the third one.

April-May 2016

It isn`t difficult to learn to study theory the correct way. It can actually be easier and more fun than you expect.

February-March 2016

Music theory isn;t learning how to write down different notes, or practicing and reciting scales on a guitar. It`s about experiencing the way notes interact and the effect they have on the listener.

June-July 2015

Without a strong sense of melody and phrasing your music will never have that magical sense of wonder.

April-May 2015

Without a strong sense of melody and phrasing your music will never have that magical sense of wonder.

April-May 2015

Stay alive. Stay sane. Stay healthy. There are methods to achieving compositional greatness that do not involved personal pain.

April-May 2015

UK guitarist Sam Russell shares his personal methods on finding the inspiration to be creative musically and lyrically.

April-May 2015

A guided tour of the 2015 album by the Scott Allen Project.

April-May 2015

Awesome tools, tricks and techniques that you can use again and again to create your own killer sounding, unplugged acoustic guitar song.

February-March 2015

Simple music is about balance. It is about taking 1 to 2 musical ideas, weaving them together and manipulating the musical elements just right.

October-November 2014

You`re going to like having the ability to write guitar solos that are highly melodic, expressive, and passionate.

February-March 2014

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

December-January 2013

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

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

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.

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.

August-September 2013

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

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.

December-January 2012

Connect with our audience; stirring up emotions while avoiding negative emotions.

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