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The June-July edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as minor scales, percussive acoustic playing, music theory, rhythmic variation, and soloing over Stone Mob. We've got eight contributed articles altogether - two written by a columnists new to Guitar Nine (Chris Byrd and Cassie Steele).

Italian guitarist Luca Sellitto returns with his new article "Minor Pentatonic Scale: Free Yourself From The Five Boxes". Simon Candy is back with his acoustic guitar-oriented column "How To Easily Play Acoustic Percussive Guitar". Mike Campese also returns with a technique article entitled "Harmonic Minor (Unlocking Sounds)". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up two more video-enhanced articles, "How To Use Musical Form To Write Music" and "Will Learning Music Theory Change Your Playing?". Joining us for the first time is GuitarFella.com editor Cassie Steele with "10 Ways To Promote Your Music Online" and guitar instructor / session musician Chris Byrd with "How to Play Stone Mob's 'Murder Town' Solo". Finally, bassist James Rosocha returns with his article "Sequence And Rhythmic Variation".

Our new retrospective series is entitled "Guitar Nine's Attic", which will take a look back at nostalgia, artifacts, promos, photos, and other items from our 22 year history. Our third installment looks at Guitar Nine logo variations and alternatives to the original black and white version.

No new interviews in June. The February issue featured Sam Russell, James Rosocha and In Dreams of Reality.

The April-May edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as mental practicing, songwriting myths, lyric writing, CAGED, and scale shapes. We've got seven contributed articles altogether - one written by a columnist new to Guitar Nine (Just Rijna).

Simon Candy is back with his picking column "Play Thousands Of Songs With The Clawhammer Fingerpicking Pattern". Mike Campese also returns with a technique article entitled "Triad Arpeggios". Roland Nipp returns after a hiatus with his contribution "Mental Practice - The Art of Practicing Guitar Without a Guitar". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio offers up two articles, "Getting Out Of The Guitar CAGED System Part 6: Lead Harmonies" and "How To Simplify Your Lyric Writing For The Better". Joining us for the first time is Dutch guitarist Just Rijna with "Three Songwriting Myths that Will Stifle Your Creativity". Finally, bassist James Rosocha returns with his article "Seeing Shapes and Patterns".

Our new retrospective series is entitled "Guitar Nine's Attic", which will take a look back at nostalgia, artifacts, promos, photos, and other items from our 21 year history. Our second installment is a focus on Guitar Nine magnet promos given away with orders from 2001 to 2012.

No new interviews in April. Last issue featured Sam Russell, James Rosocha and In Dreams of Reality.

The February-March edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about slide guitar playing, chromatic lines, and setting up a practice schedule. We've got six contributed articles altogether - one written by a columnist new to Guitar Nine (Mark Woodburn).

Mike Campese also returns with a technique article entitled "Chromatic Riffs and Lines". Tom Hess is back with his contribution "Four Keys To Making An Effective Guitar Practice Schedule". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio educates and illuminates with two articles, "How To Transition From An Intermediate To An Advanced Guitar Player" and "Transforming An Idea Into A Song". Joining us for the first time is guitarist Mark Woodburn with "Seven Picking Styles Every New Guitarist Should Learn". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with his introductory article "Learn The Technique Of Slide Guitar And Take Your Playing To A Whole New Level".

Our new retrospective series is entitled "Guitar Nine's Attic", which will take a look back at nostalgia, artifacts, promos, photos, and other items from our 21 year history. This time the subject is picks.

The February update includes new interviews with UK guitarist Sam Russell, bass player James Rosocha, and the German band In Dreams Of Reality.

The December-January edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about creativity, song writing basics, and live streaming your gigs. We've got seven contributed articles altogether - two written by columnists new to Guitar NIne (James Rosocha, Luca Sellitto).

Tom Hess is back with his contribution "How To Quickly Become A Highly Creative Guitarist". Mike Campese also returns with an article entitled "Hanon Style, Scale Sequences". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio challenges you with "Song Writing Basics: Starting From A Single Idea". After a long hiatus, Dean Hailstone has submitted "How to Live Stream Your Gig". Joining us for the first time are bassist James Rosocha with "Quoting The Melody Of Tunes", and Italian instructor Luca Sellitto talking technique in "String Crossing Exercises". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with his comprehensive article "Awesome Sounding Fingerpicking Blues Arrangements On Your Acoustic Guitar".

The December update includes a new interview with New Jersey area guitarist and composer Shawn Christie.

The 'site reboot' remodeling effort is complete. A responsive design and the ability to quickly add new ways to experience our content were two of the many goals we achieved with today's rollout. Going live is just the beginning; in addition to knocking out the 69 item punch-list, we're going to be adding a lot of extra features as well in the coming months - stay tuned!

Punch list fixes completed
2017-12-19 Cleaned up, deleted and renamed entries in the World Of Musical Links
2017-12-18 Renamed old letters/feedback page tp 'Our Fans'
2017-12-17 Changed mobile/tablet top menu to basic 'select' dropdown
2017-12-17 Fixed more awkward, 90's style HTML within content (font tags, etc.
2017-12-17 Fixed line breaks and outdated copyright on 94 columns
2017-12-16 Fixed blurry or incorrectly-scaled images on 300 of 700 columns
2017-12-14 Fixed blurry or incorrectly-scaled images on 400 of 700 columns
2017-12-13 Added 2012 and 2013 historical survey results
2017-12-13 Updated Javascript on the Delay Time Calculator and Record Label Profit Worksheet
2017-12-12 Added 2014. 2015, 2016 and 2017 historical survey results
2017-12-11 Added 'Real Name' and 'Guitar Playing Experience' questions to Member sign up
2017-12-11 Fixed CSS bug on Undiscovered Artist photos displaying too large
2017-12-10 Cleaned out all (non-MSN) users with bounced newsletter emails
2017-12-09 Fixed all inappropriate blockquote tags (now tabbed-paragraph class divs)
2017-12-08 Fixed the remaining 159 columns that had Click to Enlarge images
2017-12-07 Added 6-day cache for contributor tiles page
2017-12-06 Updated 217 Contributor bios/photos for the Contributor tiles
2017-12-05 Fixed Javascript on Delay Time Calculator
2017-12-05 Updated all Dan McAvinchey columns links and HTML
2017-12-05 Tagged same 209 columns with hashtags
2017-12-05 Updated 209 columns that had Click to Enlarge images
2017-12-05 Changed all .m3u links to .mp3 links
2017-12-05 Added 6-day cache for Issue grid on home page
2017-12-04 Added images for the In Review pages
2017-12-04 Set up email newsletter functionality, unsubscribe, links, etc.
2017-12-04 Cleaned up user account display and edit pages
2017-12-04 Added users and email list
2017-12-03 Added hashtag #VideoEnhancedColumn to all columns with video
2017-12-03 Added responsiveness and protocol-less url to all YouTube vides
2017-12-03 Cleaned up all quotes, double-quotes and dashes that would not render in the browser
2017-12-03 Fixed size of undiscovered artist photos
2017-12-03 Changed category and series links to go to tiles list

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The October-November edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about Steve Vai, guitar talent, and simplifying your playing. We've got six contributed articles altogether - all written by returning columnists.

Mike Campese returns with another scale-based article entitled "Harmonic Minor: Movable Patterns". Tom Hess is also back discussing the amazing Steve Vai, with "Learn From Steve Vai To Greatly Improve Your Guitar Playing: Part 2". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio once again serves up a triple shot of columnar expresso with "Are Some People Born Natural Songwriters?", "Is Talent Required To Play Guitar?" and "Enhance Your Lead Guitar Playing With This One Simple Technique". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with a very detailed article "Fingerpicking The Easy Way Versus Fingerpicking The Right Way".

The August-September edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about picking patterns, lyric writing and popular myths potentially affecting your guitar playing. We've got six contributed articles altogether - all written by returning columnists.

Tom Hess returns with an artist-based column entitled "Learn From Steve Vai To Greatly Improve Your Guitar Playing: Part 1". Mike Campese is also back discussing picking, with "Movable Picking Patterns". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up a triple shot of columnar expresso with "Three Myths That Have Been Keeping Musicians From Reaching Their Potential", "How To Spice Up Your Chord Progressions" and "Getting Started With Writing Lyrics" . Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "5 Ways Jazz Will Make You A Better Acoustic Guitar Player".

The August update includes a new interview with New Caledonia guitarist Pascal Allaigre.

The June-July edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about open-string soloing, the CAGED system and, yes, playing guitar with a drill. We've got six contributed articles altogether - all written by returning columnists.

Mike Campese returns with a column focused on the modes with, "The Modes In One Position". Tom Hess is also back discussing CAGED, with "The CAGED System Literally Cages Your Guitar Playing". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up a double shot of columnar expresso with "Even Achilles Was Heeled By Practicing Guitar" and "Guitarists, Don’t Get CAGED, Part 5" . Acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "Soloing With Open Strings On Guitar, Part 3". Finally, Chris Schreiner offers up another in his series of Stupid Guitar Tricks with "Stupid Guitar Trick #7 - The Drill Trick".

The June update includes new interviews with German guitarist Adrian Weiss, and Charlotte-area jazz guitarist David Caudle.

The April-May edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about sweep picking, CAGED and the "brown sound". We've got eight fresh columns altogether - five written by returning columnists and three contributed by first-timers.

Joining us for the first time is guitarist Jared Smith with "Django And Christian: The Culmination Of Jazz Guitar", guitar player Chris Schreiner with "Sweep Arpeggios - For Any Occasion" and Blaine Kaltman who has written "Reexamining The Brown Sound". Tom Hess is back, asking "Do You Want It Bad Enough?" Mike Campese returns with another excellent picking column, "Picking: 3-String Picking Ideas". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up a double shot of columnar expresso with back with "How Pedal Points Can Change Your Guitar Playing For The Better" and "Guitarists, Don’t Get CAGED, Part 4" . Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "Soloing With Open Strings On Guitar, Part 2".

The February-March edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing about open strings, CAGED and regaining skills after a break. We've got six fresh columns altogether - five written by returning columnists and one penned by a first-time contributor.

Joining us for the first time is guitarist Joe Nevin with "10 Steps For The Beginning Self-Taught Guitar Player". Mike Campese has returned with an excellent technique column, "Picking". Tom Hess is back with his useful article "Regaining Your Guitar Skills After A Long Break"". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up a double shot of columnar expresso with back with "Guitarists, Don’t Get CAGED, Part 3" and "Three Reasons Why All Guitar Pros Learn Scales Eventually". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with "Soloing With Open Strings On Guitar, Part 1".

The February update includes a new interview with Finnish guitarist Jartse Tuominen.

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