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Improve Your Picking And Sweeping Technique

Online Magazine Has Eight Fresh Columns For April

April-May 2017

letterelcome to the April edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine. Pedal points, the CAGED system and picking are just a few of the subjects found in this issue. In total, seven guest columnists have submitted eight fresh articles on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. After working through the information and lessons, please some great music released by over 1000 musicians we've worked with over the past 20 years! Of note, we've published over 220 artist interviews, while over 210 musicians and industry experts have written close to 1100 guest columns for this site since 1996.

Be sure to visit the Guitar Nine iTunes download page, which features over 1000 instrumental guitarists, guitar-oriented guitarists and guitar-heavy bands selling downloads through Apple's iTunes site.

Last edition's survey results are in! We asked site visitors the question, "Which of these 10 guitar brands is your favorite?" Landing 35 percent of the votes was the Fender brand, with the Ibanez and Gibson brands' supporters turning out as well as well. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know which brand of stomp box is your favorite from our top 10 finalist list.

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 April update includes a new interview with Finnish guitarist Jartse Tuominen.

Guitar NineGuitar Nine is an online guitar e-zine site located in Raleigh, North Carolina. From 1997 through early 2012, we operated a full-blown e-commerce site and record label selling instrumental and guitar-oriented CDs. Our final CD was the compilation "Handz Of Danz", fourteen tracks of hard rock, fusion, metal and blues from six guitarists named Dan. Our first CD, 'Guitar Haus', was released in 1997 by guitarist-composer Dan McAvinchey. McAvinchey also has written the "The Power To Release" columns for our on-line magazine.

Guitar Nine is dedicated to the idea that the guitar is probably one of the most expressive instruments ever invented, and with the use of effects and recording techniques, has an unlimited sonic palette. As much as we admit that there are only twelve notes, and all twelve have been played at sometime or another on a guitar, we firmly believe that the surface has only been scratched in terms of the creative uses for guitar and of the sounds that have yet to be discovered. We want to make sure that the quest for new uses for the guitar continues, and is celebrated and encouraged. This on-line magazine is our way of spreading the wealth of creative ideas around the globe and of keeping the guitar as an essential instrument in recordings well into the next century.

We believe there is so much you can do with your guitar playing besides learning riffs however. There are numerous sites on the internet that offer guitar lessons, techniques, licks, etc., but you may wish to explore the possibility of using your abilities on the guitar as a springboard into other areas. You may have a desire to write music, record songs, build a studio, or even release your own album. We hope that this web site will, over time, inspire you to set greater goals for yourself than you may have ever thought possible.

We would appreciate hearing from you via e-mail if you have any comments or ideas on how to make this web site even better.

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