Newsletter April-May 2013



The April-May edition is now online!

Over 1100 instrumental guitarists, guitar-oriented guitarists and guitar-heavy bands are selling downloads through Apple's iTunes site. Every click-through supports the work done on this site!

iTunes Downloads

Our newest site sponsor is the Stratakat project, whose new album, "No Rules" is available now for free download!

Stratakat "No Rules"

New Columns

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".

Tom Hess

Mike Campese

Tommaso Zillio

Jamie Andreas

Tim Sweeney

Ryan Buckner

Rob James

Mike Philippov

New Interviews

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

Todd Ferguson

Andre Tonelli

The Rediscovered

We shine our spotlight on four more of the most outstanding artists from the eleven years of the Undiscovered series profiles - it's called The Rediscovered. Think of it as the best of the best of The Undiscovered artists - another chance to check in with guitar oriented musicians and bands you may have missed the first time around.

The Rediscovered


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Home Studio Registry

In Conclusion

As always, your comments, support and feedback are appreciated.
Dan McAvinchey
Guitar Nine