Contemporary Acoustic/Electric Instrumentals
Welcome to the August edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine. Of special note, the September issue of Guitar One magazine contains an article written by Troy Stetina entitled "Untangling The Web", in which he introduces the Guitar Nine web site to a worldwide audience for the very first time in print. Keeping the new releases coming in fast, we've added 24 CDs to the site, including instrumental works by Project Alcazar (featuring Chris Steberl), Alien Cowboys, Funnybone, Chris Hattingh, Les Sabler, Greg Howe, Planet X, Michael Sobygge, Craig Chaquico, Prashant Aswani, Jim Marshall, Synesthesia (featuring David Martone), Daniel Wentworth, Anand Mahangoe, Bob Margolis, Brand X, Henderson/Smith/Wooten, Steve Morse, Byron Nemeth and Ken Hatfield. You can now listen to and order 493 instrumental releases by 296 different artists. Visit the Instrumental Guitar Showcase to browse and listen to all of these dynamic recordings, or check out our recommendations page. If you've released an instrumental project, get all the details about merchandising through Guitar Nine, and decide if it's right for your music (if you've released a guitar-oriented CD with vocals, click here).
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.
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.
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.