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Guitar on YouTube

Steve Vai explores three different pedalboards, offering insights to ideal pedal ordering.

Tommaso Zillio

Embracing the cliche' and trying to make it better.

Ioannis Anastassakis

Upgrade your current guitar with better hardware or opt for a shiny brand new one?

Tommaso Zillio

Is there such a thing as the 'most emotional note' in a key?

Ioannis Anastassakis

Specific points that will help you, in order to get better on both instruments.

Tommaso Zillio

The B diminished chord is objectively harder to use than the other major and minor chords.

Tommaso Zillio

Voice leading: unlocking the very DNA of musical structure and showing how it lives.

Guitar on YouTube

An introduction to the riffs and chords from the Carlos Santana song "Smooth", off of "Supernatural".

Tommaso Zillio

There are techniques to make the same simple chord progression sound differently.

Guitar Haus

The way I write, I usually need a strong or engaging title that lights up my imagination.

Tommaso Zillio

The Neapolitan Major Scale is, in fact, a minor scale, but don't spread that around.

Guitar on YouTube

Alien surfer and guitar instructor Joe Satriani discusses melody, specifically, how to stretch out a melody.

Tommaso Zillio

This movement is by far one of the most common 'blind spots' that guitar players have.

Guitar Haus

I think my biggest accomplishment is that I was able to teach myself an instrument that now enables me to make a living and travel the world.

Studio Tips on YouTube

The benefits of a pop filter for your mic, and an installation walk-through on several types of mic stands.

Guitar Nine

Get the most out of your home or project studio with these tricks and tips.

Tommaso Zillio

Not all exotic scales are used exclusively by extreme metal players.

December-January 2018
Guitar Nine
A look at the Guitar Nine organization six-strings from 1980 through 2021.
Tommaso Zillio

Searching for interesting chords to put before a dominant chord.

Guitar on YouTube

Steve discusses melody writing, phrasing, dynamics and more using his track "For The Love Of God".

Tommaso Zillio

The differences between regular and scalloped fretboards explained.

Guitar Nine

A look at the Guitar Nine organization basses from 1980 through 2021.

Tommaso Zillio

Write dissonant but delightful music using the Neapolitan minor scale or chord.

Guitar Haus

Vai's whammy antics, speed and 'detuned' playing is highly unusual and original.

Guitar on YouTube

McRocklin's masterclass covers his track "New Beginnings" (B minor) in great detail.

Tommaso Zillio

An exercise that you can use to build a powerful picking hand.

Guitar Haus

Since "Not Of The Earth" and "Surfing With The Alien" in the '80s, there's been a lot of Joe S. playing in our studio.

Dan Peeke

Exercises that will challenge you to build a deeper connection with your guitar.

April-May 2021
Guitar Nine Newsroom

Guitar Nine's April-May 2021 newsletter.

April-May 2021
Guitar Haus

Who could predict in 1980 that Def Leppard would have a 40+ year career, and that the addition of Collen would make such an impact?

April-May 2021
Guitar Nine

Dozens of articles on the subject of scales, scale patterns, scale connection and more.

April-May 2021
Simon Candy

A little technique can go a long way if you know how to apply it creatively.

April-May 2021
Dan Peeke

Many players are questioning whether or not amps are still the necessities they once were.

April-May 2021
Tommaso Zillio

All it takes is knowing the correct exercises to get your hands working properly.

April-May 2021
Carlos Trejo

Helpful advice about how to choose a room and convert it into the studio of your dreams.

April-May 2021
Tommaso Zillio

Adding first inversion chords gives you 7 new sounds to work with.

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