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ROCKtober Is Instrumental Guitar Month

Thirteenth Annual Tribute To Instrumental Guitarists And Bands Worldwide

October-November 2017

letterelcome to the October edition of the Guitar Nine on-line magazine, and we're celebrating the 13th annual Instrumental Guitar Month, a great time to remember, support, discover, promote, and celebrate the many practitioners of this near-underground musical sub-genre. Tell a friend, open a seasonal beverage and enjoy some great music! Fingerpicking techniques, songwriting and the harmonic minor scale are just three of the subjects found in this issue, giving guitarists more ideas for growth and improvement. In total, six new featured articles have been published on a range of musical topics of interest to practicing musicians. After working through the information and lessons, please sample some great music released by over 1000 musicians we've worked with over the past 21 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, "How would you rate your current abilities on guitar?" Interestingly, nearly 60% are at the advanced or professional level, while the number of non-players outpolled the number of beginners. We've got a new, very simple, anonymous survey that you can answer in about five seconds to let us know which Halloween related song is your favorite.

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 a very detailed article "Fingerpicking The Easy Way Versus Fingerpicking The Right Way".

Guitar NineGuitar Nine is an online guitar e-zine site founded 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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