Newsletter August-September 2013



The August-September 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 2013 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 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".

Tom Hess

Mike Campese

Tommaso Zillio

Sam Dawson

Jeremy Rouse

Mike Philippov

Ryan Buckner

New Interviews

The August update includes a new interview with guitarist Mika Tyyska of the band Mr. Fastfinger.

Mika Tyyska

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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In Conclusion

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