Playing With Technique And Passion
Welcome to the February edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. Stylistic variety within the instrumental guitar specialty market continues to be our hallmark, as 21 primary styles are in the spotlight in our new style-specific SoundCheck pages (click on 'View Other SoundChecks...'). In the past two months we've added another 33 new releases to the site, including instrumental CDs by Nokie Edwards/LCD, Jonas Hellborg Group, Ted Kuo, Yanliang Lee, Guitars For Freedom, Bob Margolis, Waldon Reed Jr., Delirious Tremor, Kevin M. Buck, Lyall Steel, Stride, Caterine, Hellborg/Lane/Selvaganesh, Talisma, Salvatore Russo, Mark Stanley Quartet, Aldo, Bryan Beller, Byron Nemeth Group, Hess, Star & Key Of The Indian Ocean, Clark Plays Guitar, Bianchi & Preston, Larry Carlton, Leo Kottke, Jesse Cook, Goncalo Pereira, Jeff Curtis, Michael Fath`s Le Jazz, Quintessence Metal Webzine and Scott Tarulli. You can now listen to and order 1319 instrumental releases by 746 different artists. 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).
Of course besides the music, there is another very important part of your musicianship, which is to learn how to market yourself. It all starts with acting professional, being on time, learning your parts. Learn to ask for advice when you need it from players that have more experience than you.
Try to become proficient in marketing, and develop a keen business sense. This includes your recordings, music book publishing, other merchandising endeavors, etc. The music industry is a very, very tough one, and it takes serious dedication and an unbelievable work ethic to survive.