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Vai's whammy antics, speed and 'detuned' playing is highly unusual and original.

McRocklin's masterclass covers his track "New Beginnings" (B minor) in great detail.

An exercise that you can use to build a powerful picking hand.

Since "Not Of The Earth" and "Surfing With The Alien" in the '80s, there's been a lot of Joe S. playing in our studio.

Exercises that will challenge you to build a deeper connection with your guitar.

December-January 2018
A look at the Guitar Nine organization six-strings and basses from 1980 through 2021.
April-May 2021

Guitar Nine's April-May 2021 newsletter.

April-May 2021

Who could predict in 1980 that Def Leppard would have a 40+ year career, and that the addition of Collen would make such an impact?

April-May 2021

Sozens of articles on the subject of scales, scale patterns, scale connection and more.

April-May 2021

A little technique can go a long way if you know how to apply it creatively.

April-May 2021

Many players are questioning whether or not amps are still the necessities they once were.

April-May 2021

All it takes is knowing the correct exercises to get your hands working properly.

April-May 2021

Helpful advice about how to choose a room and convert it into the studio of your dreams.

April-May 2021

Adding first inversion chords gives you 7 new sounds to work with.

April-May 2021

Moving the Phrygian Dominant scale in a more horizontal fashion across the neck.

April-May 2021

Appreciating how different this music sounds from typical guitar music.

June-July 1996

Share your knowledge of the guitar and music with the rest of the world.

February-March 2021

Guitar Nine's February-March 2021 newsletter.

February-March 2021

"Eruption", "Atomic Punk" and a fiery cover of "You Really Got Me" blew us away in 1978.

February-March 2021

A wealth of information about chords and chord progressions for you to learn and master.

February-March 2021

How old is too old? The answer may surprise you.

February-March 2021

Get the most you can out of the rehearsal time you have scheduled.

February-March 2021

Here are three ways to advance and progress in the area of finger independence.

February-March 2021

Here is a minor cadence used in hundreds of Real Book tunes.

February-March 2021

Is it something that is necessary for your specific musical path - or not?

February-March 2021

Tips on recording some of the greatest classical pieces for electric guitars.

February-March 2021

Examples that will help strengthen your picking, constructed in a more musical fashion.

December-January 2020

Guitar Nine's December-January 2020 newsletter.

December-January 2020

We're positive you should be exposed to negative harmony.

December-January 2020

A good guitar riff drives the song, and is often one of the most memorable parts of the tune.

December-January 2020

Can your hands actually be too small to play?

December-January 2020

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page inspired a generation of guitarists.

December-January 2020

How to avoid getting discouraged.

December-January 2020

Less is more, more is more - which is it?

December-January 2020

A great way to connect the five basic major scale patterns.

October-November 2020

Guitar Nine's October-November 2020 newsletter.

October-November 2020

Tell a story with your music by the way you phrase notes on guitar.

October-November 2020

Ways to change your guitar tone without touching an amp or pedals.

October-November 2020

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's unique sound.

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