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Pascal Allaigre just released his eighth instrumental album, now available on all web platforms called "On Fire". Tracks include burners such as "Battlefield", "Lava Arrows", "Electric Mind" and "Orbital Voyage". Many of Allaigre's previous albums were top sellers on Guitar Nine in the past, such as "Out Of Nowhere", "Timeless" and "Firelight".

Beginning today, June 1, Guitar Nine has migrated to a blog-style content site. Previously, content was added every two months (magazine-style) into a bi-monthly issue.

Simply put, blog-style means links to new columns and other information will appear on the home page tiles as they come in, throughout the month.

We ran with the magazine style for 25 years (150 issues) - we felt the time was right for a change. The migration to blog-style will allow for timely updates, and a continuous stream of fresh ideas. Let us know what you think!

The April-May edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as inversion chords, fingerpicking patterns and Phrygian dominant patterns. We've got eight contributed articles altogether - seven written by past contributing columnists, and one by a new contributor.

Mike Campese is back with another technique column entitled "Phrygian Dominant Shred Patterns". Joining us for the first time is Carlos Trejo with his article "Creating The Perfect Home Studio For Beginners". Returning with a fingerstyle-oriented column is Simon Candy with "How To Transform Fingerpicking Patterns Into Incredible Sounding Music". Finally, prolific columnist and guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes another triple shot of columnar expresso: "Chord Progressions From Film Music For Guitar Players", "How To Play First Inversion Chords On Your Guitar" and "Techniques To Reduce Tension When Playing Guitar". Dan Peeke is also back with his column "Can You Play An Electric Guitar Without An Amp?". Finally, returning with another "Influences" column is Dan McAvinchey with "Influences: Phil Collen".

Also, please reread and enjoy a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "Finishing The Job".

Our new series is entitled "Guitar Nine Focus", which gathers excellent columns written within a chosen area of focus. This time, the spotlight is on scales.

Chris Dunnett ("El Samuraichi") has released his first mini-guitar course called "Finger Stretching Exercises For The Guitar" geared towards all levels of playing ability. You can get more information about his course, which helps with finger strength, coordination, playing endurance and stamina on The Tao of Guitar web site.

The February-March edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as the finger independence, reading music and melodic phrasing. We've got seven contributed articles altogether - five written by past contributing columnists and one written by a new contributor.

Mike Campese is back with his column entitled "Picking Exercises To Melodic Phrases". James Rosocha also returns and edifies with his new lesson "The IIm7b5-V7b9-Im Progression". Super prolific columnist and guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes a triple shot of columnar expresso: "Is It Important To Know How To Read Music As A Guitar Player?", "Improving Finger Independence On The Guitar", and "Too Old To Learn Guitar Or Music Theory?". Kevin M. Buck is back with his column, "How To Arrange, Play, And Record Classical Music For The Electric Guitar". Guitarist Dan Peeke joins us for the first time, contributing "15 Easy Guitar Solos To Learn". Finally, returning with another "Influences" column is Dan McAvinchey with "Influences: Edward Van Halen".

Also, please reread and enjoy a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "Confidence - Build It, and They Will Come".

Our new series is entitled "Guitar Nine Focus", which gathers excellent columns written within a chosen area of focus. This time, the spotlight is on chords.

The December-January edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as negative harmony, connecting scales and soloing (with just 4 notes). We've got six contributed articles altogether - all written by regular contributing columnists.

Mike Campese returns with an article entitled "Connecting Scale Patterns". Prolific columnist and guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes four more useful articles, "Guitar Solos: Is Only 4 Notes Really Enough?", "When Music Theory Is Confusing". "Can Hand Size Hold You Back From Playing Guitar?" and "Negative Harmony Explained In A Simple Way". Finally, returning with another "Influences" column is Dan McAvinchey with "Influences: Jimmy Page".

Enjoy a blast from the past with a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "Self-Release Q&A, Chapter 1".

Our new series is entitled "Guitar Nine Focus", which gathers excellent columns written within a chosen area of focus. This time, the spotlight is on riffs.

The October-November edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as guitar tone, soloing and root notes. We've got six contributed articles altogether - all written by regular contributing columnists.

Mike Campese is back with an article entitled "Know Your Roots". Prolific columnist and guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes four more entertaining and informative articles, "Should You Really Mute Your Guitar Strings?", "Soloing Over The Imperial March From Star Wars". "How I Learned To Simplify My Guitar Playing From Andy Summers" and "Three No-Cost Tricks To Change Your Guitar Tone". Finally, returning with another "Influences" column is Dan McAvinchey with "Influences: David Gilmour".

Enjoy a blast from the past with a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "Starting a Record Label".

Our new series is entitled "Guitar Nine Focus", which gathers excellent columns written within a chosen area of focus. This time, the spotlight is on phrasing.

The August-September edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as guitar motivation, chromatics, and beginner tips. We've got six contributed articles altogether, all written by regular Guitar Nine contributors.

Mike Campese is back as always with his technique article entitled "Picking Exercises: Chromatic Sequential". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio serves up four more articles (all video-enhanced), "8 Guitar Tips Every Beginner Should Know", "Practice Guitar When You Have Limited Time", "The #1 Guitar Motivation Killer - And What To Do About It", and "How To Train Guitar Phrasing In Your Daily Practice". Finally, back after a 20-year hiatus is Dan McAvinchey with "Influences: Tom Scholz".

Also, please reread and enjoy a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "The Importance Of Now".

Our new series is entitled "Guitar Nine Focus", which gathers excellent columns written within a chosen area of focus. This time, the spotlight is on chromatic scales.

The June-July edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as emotional guitar modes, modal harmony and arpeggios. We've got six contributed articles altogether - all written by past contributing columnists.

Mike Campese returns with his column entitled "Connecting Scales". Joining us again is bassist James Rosocha with his article "The Double Chromatic Approach". Finally, ultra-prolific columnist and guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes another quadruple shot of columnar expresso: "7 Tips On Creating Better Guitar Tone", "Another Brick In The Wall Solo In Major", "Mysterious Arpeggios: X-Files And Metallica" and "The Emotions Behind Guitar Modes And How To Use Them".

Also, please reread and enjoy a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "Are You Worthy?".

Our new series is entitled "Guitar Nine Focus", which gathers excellent columns written within a chosen area of focus. This time, the spotlight is on arpeggios.

The April-May edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists are writing on topics such as mastering difficult music, viral lines and ear training. We've got six contributed articles altogether - five written by past contributing columnists, and one by a new contributor.

Mike Campese returns with a topical column entitled "Quarantine Lines". Joining us for the first time is Alex Bruce with his article "Intonation: Its Importance And How To Spot Problems". Finally, prolific columnist and guitarist Tommaso Zillio contributes another quadruple shot of columnar expresso: "How To Manage A Difficult Piece Of Music On Guitar", "Ascending And Descending Melodic Minor Scales", "The Simplest Ear Training Exercise For Guitarists" and "The Simplest Ear Training Exercise For Guitarists".

Also, please reread and enjoy a classic column from the Guitar Nine archives, Dan McAvinchey's "The Role of Inspiration".

Our retrospective series is entitled "Guitar Nine's Attic", which in April/May takes a look back at nine of the funnest and even funniest reviews from the Guitar Nine's "The Undiscovered" column feature, which ran from 1996 to 2007.

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