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August-September 2000
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French Instrumentalist Signs Deal For New CD

August-September 2000
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Busy Guitarist Keeps The Releases Coming

August-September 2000
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Electrifying Live Performer Offers Instrumental Work

August-September 2000
Guitar Haus

I have done interviews with quite a few leading Japanese and European magazines. My experience with them has been very positive. As far as US magazines are concerned, it is hard for me to say how they are handling guitar-oriented music, because I haven`t dealt with them much in the past. There just doesn`t seem to be that much of a market for insturmental music in the US as there is overseas.

August-September 2000
Randy Allar

We`re definitely going to do another album this year. We`ve got a couple of concepts we`re throwing around. It will be an instrumental album. We`re ready to do that again ourselves. Like I said, we`re extremely proud of "Under The Lash Of Gravity" and we`re doing everything we can to get it out there. Initially, instrumental guitar fans didn`t buy it. But if they give it a chance, it does grow on you.

August-September 2000
Joe Matera

Don`t get jealous. Don`t put other people down for their playing. You have to concentrate on what you want to do and study and appreciate the works of other people. Don`t rip off works of your friends, take a little from them and add some originality. I have found that the people who take ideas and riffs from others blatantly without giving credit are usually mediocre musicians and writers.

August-September 2000
Guitar Haus

The talented artists associated with Guitar Nine reveal offbeat and unusual ways to get noticed.

August-September 2000
Christopher Knab

Music industry guru Christopher Knab is back to discuss the business end of artistic success.

August-September 2000
Shane Theriot

Tips on avoiding practice schedule overload. From the guitarist behind the unique "Highway 90" CD.

August-September 2000
David Martone

David Martone`s follow up lesson continues the quest for a change of color over dominant chords.

August-September 2000
Will Landrum

Add spice to your sonic stew with these harmonization ideas.

August-September 2000
Neil Haverstick

Neil Haverstick has made his living with his instrument for over 20 years - tips from a seasoned veteran.

August-September 2000
Colin Mandel

Get a rhythmic grip on odd meters with the latest installment from Colin Mandel.

August-September 2000
Ray DeTone

Believe it or not - you can play melodies and riffs without always pressing on the frets. Let Ray show you how.

August-September 2000
John Tapella

Chopin`s swift piano piece adapted for the six-string.

August-September 2000
Ron Thal

Who bears the ultimate (and ironic) responsibility for the rise of peer-to-peer music swapping over the Internet.

October-November 2000
Joe Matera

Transcribing is difficult work that takes a lot of concentration--I usually use headphones and I use a switching box which allows me to hear the right or left channel only through both sides of the headphones. This helps when trying to zero in on a particular guitar part. A thorough knowledge of music notation is mandatory also.

October-November 2000
Guitar Haus

I think the stylistic variety comes from the fact that I love so many different kinds of music and I`ve played with a lot of different kinds of artists. I`ve played with a salsa band, a blues band, numerous pop bands, and an avant-garde jammy classical-jazz band.

October-November 2000
Guitar Haus

I wanted to record this album as a band. The intensity and energy you get from recording as a band is far superior than to that of using hired guns. Being very influenced by bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X etc., I wanted the new material to be more aggressive and somewhat progressive, however still keeping everything very melodic.

October-November 2000
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

The official arpeggios of Guitar Nine Records - always play the 9th. Take it away Mike.

October-November 2000
Christopher Knab

Music industry guru Christopher Knab is back to stress the ever changing nature of this business of music.

October-November 2000
Will Landrum

Will returns to discuss the relationship all guitarists must develop with their tools of choice.

October-November 2000
Greigg Fraser

A simple technique that will have you breaking speed records even after the Olympics.

October-November 2000
Neil Haverstick

Neil Haverstick has made his living with his instrument for over 20 years - even more tips from a seasoned veteran.

October-November 2000
Steve Booke

Acoustic, electric, if it`s got six, Steve Booke plays `em. He`s here to reveal the essence of recording legacy.

October-November 2000
Guitar Haus

The talented artists associated with Guitar Nine respond to the challenge: Put a million bucks to the best musical use.

October-November 2000
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Jazz Guitarist Releases Second CD

October-November 2000
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Blues Surf/Rock Trio

October-November 2000
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Textural Guitar Backs Dramatic Vocals

October-November 2000
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Vibrant, Creative, Thinking Man's Fusion

October-November 2000
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Pure Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

October-November 2000
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Spacey Jam Rock

October-November 2000
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Fiery Instrumental Rock Fueled By Latin Beats

October-November 2000
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An Acoustically Brilliant New Beginning

October-November 2000
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Searing, Yet Soulful Blues

October-November 2000
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Telling His Life's Story With The Guitar

October-November 2000
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17 Year Old Finnish Dude Does The Demo Deal

October-November 2000
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English Guitarist Looks For Record Company Interest

October-November 2000
Guitar Haus

All Latin or world music requires a very strong groove even if it is slow. That was a challenge since I am coming from a rock/fusion area. It helped my playing that way. Also when it came to soloing, I could not rely on my legato technique as much since it would not come out as well. Thus I worked on my alternate picking for a few months before the recording.

December-January 1997
Guitar Nine

Official press release for the Guitar Nine Records compilation CD, "Handz Of Danz".

December-January 2000
Guitar Haus

I have always played because I love the guitar and now since 1994, when I again started being in charge of the projects I was involved in I have felt the freedom to make the music I want to make and that I personally enjoy.

December-January 2000
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Chicago's Hardest Working Blues Band

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