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The October-November edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists offer articles on songwriting, practice techniques, and music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got eight fresh columns altogether - seven written by returning columnists and one authored by a first time contributor.

Mike Campese works some lines off his latest CD on "Chameleon". Tom Hess returns with "A Powerful And Unique Approach To Writing Guitar Solo Phrases". "Top 7 Practice Techniques For Becoming A Better Guitarist " is the latest submission from Mike Philippov. Guitarist Jamie Andreas returns with her article "Technique vs. Musical Feeling - The Truth". Music industry guru Christopher Knab has written "Streaming Royalties Suck Now, But Just Be Patient". Ryan Buckner is back with his column "Become A Highly Expressive Songwriter With This Crucial Musical Element". Jeremy Rouse takes us through an arrangement of the horror classic "Halloween". Contributing for the first time is New Zealand guitarist Dylan Kay with "The How Of Practicing".

Paul Nelson is scheduled to be a special guest at the NYC RRFC with Johnny Winter, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Peter Chris and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Read about guitarist Stratakat's experiences playing to a live audience on Second Life in this new interview.

The August-September edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists offer tips on counterpoint, writing songs, fingerstyle, and other music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got seven fresh columns altogether - six written by returning columnists and one authored by a first time contributor.

Tom Hess returns with "10 Costly Guitar Teaching Business Mistakes And How To Avoid Them". Mike Campese delivers a new technique column entitled "Bach Cello Suite No. 1, Part 2". "How To Make Faster Progress From Practicing Guitar Exercises" is the latest submission from Mike Philippov. Guitarist Tommaso Zillio returns with his article "9 Ways The CAGED System Is Making Things More Confusing For You". Ryan Buckner is back with his column "Start Writing Better Songs By Learning To Use Unity And Variety". Jeremy Rouse has written another excellent article "Counterpoint For Guitarists". Contributing for the first time is guitarist Sam Dawson with "Fingerstyle Basics".

The June-July edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists offer tips on chord mastery, writing songs, live performance, and other music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got eight fresh columns altogether - six written by returning columnists and two authored by first time contributors.

Mike Campese delivers a new technique column entitled "Bach Cello Suite No. 1". Tom Hess returns with "How To Teach Guitar Students To Practice". "How To Know If You Have Mastered Vibrato On Guitar" is the latest from Mike Philippov. Guitarist Tommaso Zillio returns with his article "Six Things Guitar Players Don't Understand About Music Theory". Ryan Buckner is back with his column "Write Better Songs On Guitar By Avoiding These 3 Songwriting Errors". Finally, Paul Kleff rejoins us with his contribution, "Guitar Chord Change Mastery - How To Play Complete Songs". New columnists include Jeremy Rouse with "Open String Licks", and Ryan Duke, who has written "Building Confidence in Your Live Performance".

Scott Allen's new Truefire instructional course, "50 Rock Virtuoso Licks You Must Know", is now available. In this wide ranging instructional course Scott covers everything from speed picking, sweeps, tapping and everything in between. Learn licks in the style of such players as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Jeff Loomis, Marty Friedman, Reb Beach, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Greg Howe and many others. The course comes in two forms: a Data Disc with backing tracks, tabs, and commentary as well as an instant download. Check out Truefire.com to get your copy!

Australian guitarist Khan Manuel's latest album is nearing release, but you can get a preview by checking out a video clip of the first single, "The Message", which is also the title track.

The April-May edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists offer tips on musicial creativity, pentatonic scales, competition, and other music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got eight fresh columns altogether - all written by experienced, returning columnists.

As he has for the past 13 years, Mike Campese delivers a new technique column entitled "Inside/Outside And Reverse Picking". Tom Hess returns with "How To Gain A Lot Of Motivation For Guitar Practice". "Is Your Guitar Better Than You Are?" is the latest from Jamie Andreas. Guitarist Tommaso Zillio returns with his article "Advanced Uses For The Old Pentatonic Scale". Tim Sweeney is back with his column "Music Artist’s Fear Of Competition And Success". Guitarist Mike Philippov returns with good advice in "How To Develop Musical Creativity". Ryan Buckner is back with another Hess-based offering "Guitar Practice Method Review: A Tom Hess Interview". Finally, Rob James rejoins us with his contribution, "Mediocre Media Core".

The April update includes new interviews with guitarist Todd Ferguson and axe slinger Andre Tonelli.

The February-March edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists offer tips on working with 5/8 time, improving blues solos, theory, and other music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got six fresh columns altogether - all written by by returning columnists.

Tom Hess returns with "How To Become A Better Guitarist By Listening To Yngwie". Mike Campese serves up a new technique column entitled "5/8 Time". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio returns with his article "5 Things You Should Avoid In Your Blues Guitar Solo". Tim Sweeney is back with his column on publicity "Your Newsletter Is Killing You". Guitarist Mike Philippov returns with rut-busting tips in "What To Do When Your Guitar Playing Hits A Wall". Ryan Buckner is back with another installment of "Tom Hess Music Career Advice: Interview II".

The February update includes a new interview with axeman Strat A. Kat.

The December-January edition is now online!

This edition's guest columnists offer tips on working with odd time signatures, career advice, theory, and other music business tips directly to your web browser. We've got nine fresh columns altogether - seven written by by returning columnists along with two new contributors.

Tom Hess returns with "How To Turn 7 String Guitar Into A Powerful Tool For Musical Creativity". Independent music consultant Chris Knab reveals his thoughts in "Ignorant Musicians Finish Last". Mike Campese serves up a new technique column entitled "4/4 To 5/4". Guitarist Jamie Andreas returns with her article "Am I Too Old To Learn Guitar?". Tim Sweeney is back with his column on empowerment "Music Artists And The Victim Mentality". Guitarist Mike Philippov returns with "Here Is Exactly How To Practice Guitar Scales". Jerry Kramskoy is back to teach with "Theory For The Weary". Our new columnists this issue include Roo Chapus with "How To Get Guitar Endorsements" and Ryan Buckner with "Tom Hess Music Career Advice: Interview".

The December update includes a new interview with shredlord Joe Stump.

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