Newsletter February-March 2013



The February-March 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 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".

Mike Campese

Tom Hess

Tim Sweeney

Tommaso Zillio

Mike Philippov

Ryan Buckner

New Interviews

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

Strat A. Kat

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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The Home Studio Registry

For nearly 17 years we've offered a free listing on the Home Studio Registry. Join the Registry to meet and hook up with other Home Studio owners like yourself to discuss gear, techniques, maintenance or production.

Home Studio Registry

In Conclusion

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