Smack The Monkey
Welcome to the June edition of Guitar Nine's on-line magazine. June of 1996 marked our entry into cyberspace, and after eleven great years, Guitar Nine has become the leader in providing the widest selection of instrumental guitar recordings, news and information. To celebrate, we've added another 24 releases to the site in the past two months, including instrumental CDs by Matthew Mills, Glen Kuykendall, Steen Grontved, Liebman/Jackson/Stern, Visual Cliff, Frank Caruso, Johannes Linstead, Scott Henderson, Panzerballett, Darrel, Michael Lee Hill, Manu Livertout Band, Guitar Masters, Dean McGinnes, Ioannis Anastassakis, Clark Pauken Ricketts, Andy James, Geoffe Hein & Frozen Ghost, Uncle Moešs Space Ranch, Planet X, Anthony Ocana, Stick Man, California Guitar Trio and Dregs. You can now listen to and order 2060 instrumental releases by 1160 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).
I advise to all those who can, to work in their own recording studio, so you can be free from conditions such as timetables and costs! I opened my studio in 1996 when I worked doing TV spots and was tired of spending money and time at other recording studios.
My main aim with this album was to write songs that had really strong melodies and structure and that would be appreciated by a wide range of listeners other than just guitar players.