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Guitar Nine's October-November 2014 newsletter.
Blending His Diverse Influences
Tom Hess` explores creative possibilities with the low B string.
Mike Campese touches on a more modern approach, incorporating different types of patterns into odd-numbered lines.
Before you take another lesson, here are the seven things that your guitar teacher has never told you (that you need to know).
You`re going to like having the ability to write guitar solos that are highly melodic, expressive, and passionate.
Music industry guru Christopher Knab offers three tips to help you promote your career, and enhance your chances of being offered opportunities.
How to breathe new life in your licks and prepare for real-life playing at the same time.
There is no doubt that having a major following of fans for your music is crucial to big and long lasting success in the music industry.
The upside of the democratization of music production is that anyone can create and market their own music. The downside of the democratization of music production is that anyone can create and market their own music.
Although social media can be great to connect with fans, who knows when Facebook or Twitter will disintegrate? My advice to other musicians would be to not put all your eggs in one basket, especially if you don`t own that basket!
Guitar Nine's August-September 2014 newsletter.
Rock That Hits You In The Gut
Tom Hess takes on your teaching business, helping you avoid mistakes that may be costing you big money.
Indie marketing guru Tim Sweeney offers up positive approaches to negative circumstances
See how one of the least exciting concepts in music theory can actually help you create awesome licks.
Mike Campese delivers patterns that foster some of the fastest, most accurate picking you can imagine.
Try these cool runs which be very beneficial, get take you out of trouble.
Tom Hess` ideas for creating massive positive change in your ability to improvise rock guitar solos.
Music industry guru Christopher Knab talks about the money flow.
My first CD with my name on it was self-released. They recorded me for free so I would have a product out but it is a live CD, recorded in a club on a night I didn`t know I was to be recorded.
In general, my newest compositions are always my favorites. Creating is what it is all about for me. I rarely go back and revisit old pieces. My current material is always representative of where my head is at musically at any particular point in time.
I recently posted a couple of tracks on Soundcloud and my track "Atomic Shadow" went bananas with over 50,000 listens within a couple of weeks. That was the largest single networking event I`ve experienced.
It is true that instrumental rock appeals to a specialized audience compared to classic rock. Last year, I formed the band Reign Over Obscurity, which is progressive metal. There are vocals in this project so it will probably reach a wider audience.
My latest album was self-released and to be honest I completely forgot that there was even an option of being on a label. I never attempted to send a disc anywhere asking to join a label.
It`s having different layers on songs - melodies and different time signatures under melodies - that makes songs interesting. It¬¥s cool when you are able to find new things from songs after listening several times.
Guitar Nine's June-July 2014 newsletter.
Tom Hess discusses what it takes to achieve success as a pro musician.
Texas Shuffles To Classic Rock
The most frequent fears possessed by most guitarists and what you must do to overcome them and reach your musical goals.
Knowing all the notes on your fretboard is more useful and simpler than you think. Read here how.
Mike Campese returns with a second set of exercises to help you improve your picking, dexterity, and overall technique.
Music industry guru Christopher Knab speaks about the appetite for perfection. A need to be not just good enough but great.