Newsletter December-January 2017



The December-January edition is now online!

We're closing out 2017 and welcoming in 2018 with our first new design aesthetic in 10 years, developed to work on your large monitor, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Nearly 1500 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

New Columns

This edition's guest columnists are writing about creativity, song writing basics, and live streaming your gigs. We've got seven contributed articles altogether - two written by columnists new to Guitar NIne (James Rosocha, Luca Sellitto).

Tom Hess is back with his contribution "How To Quickly Become A Highly Creative Guitarist". Mike Campese also returns with an article entitled "Hanon Style, Scale Sequences". Guitarist Tommaso Zillio challenges you with "Song Writing Basics: Starting From A Single Idea". After a long hiatus, Dean Hailstone has submitted "How to Live Stream Your Gig". Joining us for the first time are bassist James Rosocha with "Quoting The Melody Of Tunes", and Italian instructor Luca Sellitto talking technique in "String Crossing Exercises". Finally, acoustic guitar specialist Simon Candy returns with his comprehensive article "Awesome Sounding Fingerpicking Blues Arrangements On Your Acoustic Guitar".

Tom Hess - "How To Quickly Become A Highly Creative Guitarist"

Mike Campese - "Hanon Style, Scale Sequences"

Tommaso Zillio - "Song Writing Basics: Starting From A Single Idea"

Simon Candy - "Awesome Sounding Fingerpicking Blues Arrangements On Your Acoustic Guitar"

Dean Hailstone - "How to Live Stream Your Gig"

Luca Sellitto - "String Crossing Exercises"

James Rosocha - "Quoting The Melody Of Tunes"


The December update includes a new interview with New Jersey area guitarist and composer Shawn Christie.

Shawn Christie Interview


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In Conclusion

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