December-January 1999

Vol. 4, No. 4: December-January 1999
Cold Winter Warmed By Great New Music
Dozens Of New CD Released Added

Welcome to the December edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. As we enter an unusually cold winter period, we're reflecting on a large number of amazing new titles that have been added over the last two months. Our reach is expanding internationally, as guitarists from Europe and Asia have also joined forces with us in larger numbers. Visit the Instrumental Guitar Showcase to browse and listen to all of these dynamic recordings, or check out our recommendations page. If you've released an instrumental project, get all the details about merchandising through Guitar Nine, and decide if it's right for your music (if you've released a guitar-oriented CD with vocals, click here).

Dan McAvinchey
Guitar Haus

How to trigger inspiration by understanding what causes it, and more importantly, what causes it for you.

Sebastian Kalamajski
Sebastian Kalamajski

Think about it--how to use your head to help your hands.

Gilbert Isbin
Gilbert Isbin

The guitarist on "Twins" offers the second installment on going beyond the flat pick.

Will Landrum
Will Landrum

G9er Will Landrum is back to teach you the magic of turning a scale into real music.

Greigg Fraser
Greigg Fraser

Learn to walk a tightrope on someone else`s web site--Greigg is here to talk guitar pickups.

Christopher Knab
Christopher Knab

Think you know your audience? Christopher Knab is here to make sure you take a closer look.

Tonya Rae
Tonya Rae

One of our most requested column topics is being addressed by Tonya Rae, who has sent out more than a press kit or two.

Joe Bochar
Joe Bochar

Not just "Orange" barcodes, but real, honest-to-goodness UPCs. Take it from Joe.

Randy Allar
Randy Allar

Favored Nations is my new independent record company. It`s something I knew I was going to do. I knew I was destined to do a record company eventually. It`s a great concept and I found a great partner, Ray Sheer. We had similar concepts on how we would like to construct a label. I`ve been in the business for a long time, and I understand the infrastructure of how a label works and how they promote and market. So we put together this concept, sort of a musicians label.

Guitar Nine
Guitar Nine

New CD Offers Eclectic Blend Of Rock And Blues

Randy Allar
Randy Allar

You know, the early rock bands that I was into, like Deep Purple and Queen were very guitar oriented bands. I just wanted to start playing, so I got a guitar one year for Christmas. I had no interest in the guitar on Christmas day, I played more with the box. It grew on me and I got real serious after a couple of years.

Guitar Nine
Guitar Nine

Dedicated To Great Progressive Instrumental Music

Howard Hart
Howard Hart

We send about half our orders overseas (48 different countries at last check), so numerically more CDs are still purchased in the United States, but that`s really because the country is so big. I feel the demand for instrumental guitar is stronger overseas, and if the economies in the Far East and Eastern Europe were stronger, I believe we`d sell even more there.

Randy Allar
Randy Allar

When we were working the tunes, none of us had any idea how long they were. It`s just these were our little babies we`re producing. It seemed that they needed all the parts we had. Looking back, there`s maybe two sections on the whole record I would cut. We hacked up a couple cuts for radio play, hacked them from eight minutes to five.