Newsletter December-January 2005



The December-January edition is now online. In the past month, we crossed an important milestone; now, over 1,000 guitarists and bands in the instrumental guitar arena are now represented on the Guitar Nine web site and store.

Remember, Guitar Nine e-mail gift certificates are perfect for the discriminating guitar music lover. Read more about them by clicking below.

E-mail Gift Certificates

New Columns

December is our biggest update ever for contributions by guest columnists, who cover technique, studio recording and the music business. We've got fourteen altogether - twelve returning columnists and two first timers. First off is Mike Campese, G.I.T. graduate and instructor, with "Sweep Picking: Paganini". All the way from Japan is Chris Juergensen with his article entitled "Harmony - Slash Chords, Part 1". Guitarist Randy Ellefson returns with his column, "Interval Riffs: Simple Counterpoint". Canadian guitarist David Martone is back with another article entitled "Zone Recording: Workshop Live". Neo-classical guitarist Tom Hess contributes his piece called "Plans Are Not Goals". Danny Jones continues his technique series with "Shredding Blues Licks: Solos". Tony Koretz also rejoins us with his article "What Makes a Great Guitar Solo?" Guitarist Sven Stichter is back with another column, "Chromatic Swirl". Indie marketing and promotions expert Tim Sweeney has contributed an article entitled "Who's On Your Mailing List?" Guitarist and writer Jamie Andreas also returns with her article "How To Nail A Solo ". Freelance guitarist Neil Haverstick has submitted his article, "40 Years With the Guitar". First time contributors include Canadian guitarist Jason Sadites with "Using Different Time Signatures To Create Interest" and guitarist Tom Ball with "The Earliest Solo Guitar Recordings". Finally, music industry guru Christopher Knab returns with "Live Performance And Marketing Music".

Christopher Knab

Tim Sweeney

Sven Stichter

Mike Campese

Tom Hess

Jamie Andreas

Chris Juergensen

Jason Sadites

Danny Jones

Neil Haverstick

Tony Koretz

Randy Ellefson

Tom Ball

David Martone

New Interviews

December updates include new interviews with guitarist Randy McStine and guitarist Bumblefoot.

Randy McStine Interview

Bumblefoot Interview

The Undiscovered

This edition we're featuring another group of unknown talent through our Undiscovered Artists program. The music ranges from eclectic fusion to relentless hard rock, and from virtuoso acoustic to jazz-inspired metal. These artists offer continuing evidence that the independent music community is alive and well, and brings the total number of artists we've profiled over the 600 mark!

The Undiscovered

New Instrumental Guitar CDs

Guitar Nine has added another 36 new instrumental guitar CDs to the site in the past two months. This brings the total number of instrumental guitar CDs available to 1768!

CDs are now online and shipping for Richie Kotzen, Steve Laputa, Liona Boyd, Milan Polak, Jim Horne, Williams/McCulloch, Tim Pitts, Jeff Scheetz, Craig Chaquico, Neil Zaza, Adam Moore, Greg Griffin, Eric Johnson, Jay Geils, Jason Sadites, Michael Angelo Batio, Lars Eric Mattsson, De Gladas Kapell, Gregg Sweeney, Ken Hatfield, Armik, G3, Garaj Mahal, Project Z, Sandgarden, Steve Smith, Vital Information, Oz Noy, Frank Wallace, OHM:, Roger Scannura, Chris Dunnett and Alan Williamson.

With the blend of the world's best Independent Artists along with our Distributed Artists Series, Guitar Nine aims to provide one-stop shopping for instrumental guitar enthusiasts.

Check out the Latest Additions/Releases and Listening Room at:

Latest Releases
Listening Room

To order any of the 1768 discs:

Price List

Ordering Information

For general ordering information/checkout, visit:

Ordering Information

Selling Your CD With Us

If you'd like more information about selling your instrumental guitar release with us:

Merchandising Program


We've added plenty of guitar-oriented, concert DVD releases, now available are titles by artists such as Principato/Gatton, Rush, UFO, Foreplay, Wishbone Ash, Judas Priest, Coryell/Assad/Abercrombie, Spooky Actions, Santana, Alvin Lee, Journey, Carlton/Lukather, George Benson, Scorpions, Lee Ritenour, Motley Crue, George Harrison, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Earl Klugh, Cream and Eric Johnson, among others.

DVD SoundCheck

Guitar Instruction

Our offerings in the area of guitar instruction keep expanding. For example, we've added the newly reissued Hot Licks DVDs, with titles by Jimmy Bruno, Nils Lofgren, Warren Haynes, Buddy Guy, Danny Gatton, Tuck Andress and Ronnie Earl. Other instructional titles added include "Ultimate Guitar Techniques: Sweep Picking", :"Ultimate Guitar Techniques:Scale Shapes", "Phil Keaggy: Electric Guitar Style", "Phil Keaggy: Acoustic Guitar Style", "Joe Walsh's Instructional DVD", "Tony Iommi's Instructional DVD", "Charles Sedlak's Flamenco Made Easy DVD" and Hess/Kalkbrenner's Jam CD, "Rock Tracks Volume 1".

Instructional SoundCheck

Guitar Music 9 Latest Additions

The latest and greatest additions to the Guitar Nine sister site, Guitar Music 9, include:

George Lynch - Hard Rock

UFO - Hard Rock

Brave New World - Hard Rock

Iain Ashley Hersey - Hard Rock

Victory In Heaven Blues Band - Blues

Buckethead & Friends - Shred

George Lynch - Hard Rock

Locomotive Breath - Heavy Metal

Dogpound - Heavy Metal

Freak Neil Inc. - Heavy Metal

There are now 518 guitar-oriented vocal titles available, with MP3 samples provided for previewing each artist.

Guitar Music 9 Main Page

Classifieds And The Home Studio Registry

For over nine years we've offered free classifieds and a free listing on the Home Studio Registry. Use the classifieds to sell that piece of gear that you can't find any use for, find new music or advertise yourself to potential collaborators. Join the Registry to meet and hook up with other Home Studio owners like yourself to discuss gear, techniques, maintenance or production.

Free Classifieds

Home Studio Registry

In Conclusion

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