Guitar Nine Columns: Guest Columnists

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Enjoy over 20 years of staff columns, guest columns, interviews and more!

June-July 2018

Having a solid strategy for promoting your music and building your fanbase is so important - the good news is that there are endless ways to promote your music online.

June-July 2018

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

June-July 2018

Learning to use musical form will help you "cast" an idea into an entire song.

June-July 2018

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

April-May 2018

a simple and fun trick that many professionals often use in their songs.

April-May 2018

Rosocha teaches permutations - altered scale shapes based on fretboard position.

April-May 2018

Exploding the myths surrounding talent, inspiration and writer's block.

April-May 2018

Gaining fluency with triad arpeggios will help your soloing and rhythm playing.

April-May 2018

Play great songs such as “Landslide”, "Dust In The Wind" and "The Boxer".

April-May 2018

Tommaso delves into guitar solo harmonies - they are not as hard as they look.

February-March 2018

Take you guitar playing to the next level with Tommaso's best advice for the intermediate player.

February-March 2018

Tips on how to ready yourself for your next burst of songwriting inspiration.

February-March 2018

Slide guitar offers a very cool and unique sound that cannot be emulated any other way.

February-March 2018

Anyone (including yourself) can learn to develop creativity by using the proven methods and strategies for reaching this goal.

February-March 2018

Mark covers the essential picking styles new guitarists need to learn (or at least be familiar with).

February-March 2018

Mike shows you several ways to spice up your riffs, lines and solos with some chromatic passing tones.

December-January 2017

A technique that allows you to play both the melody and accompaniment parts of a blues tune at the same time.

December-January 2017

Online streaming is a good way of adding a new revenue channel to your live shows.

December-January 2017

Mike teaches you scale sequences (in the Hanon style, adapted from piano) that are great for your dexterity and precision.

December-January 2017

There's a chance you have too many unfinished songs sitting on your computer, or maybe even on your bookshelf - let's finish them.

December-January 2017

Melodies are what stick in the listeners mind and convey passion and emotion: creating coherence in your solos.

December-January 2017

These exercises will help you to focus on string crossing with alternate picking, and also to help you develop left/right hand synchronization, speed and stamina.

October-November 2017

Mike shows you moveable type patterns for the harmonic minor scale, and some ways you can get some fresh new modern type sounds.

October-November 2017

Don't go with what feels easy as opposed to what is right.

October-November 2017

If left unquestioned, these kind of thoughts can start to really build up and hurt your progress as a musician.

October-November 2017

Here are more true reasons for Vai's world-class guitar playing and the lessons each one holds for you.

October-November 2017

Tommaso maintains the skill of songwriting is developed through years of practice.

August-September 2017

Here are the true reasons for Vai`s world-class guitar playing and the lessons each one holds for you.

August-September 2017

Tommaso argues these myths are designed to keep your playing stagnant.

August-September 2017

The basis of all lyric writing - you may know one or two of these, but even then you need to practice the third one.

August-September 2017

Playing a chord progression accurately does not necessarily mean the progression will sound good.

August-September 2017

focusing on picking and moveable shapes that will help to create longer lines.

August-September 2017

Studying other styles of music such as jazz, will only make you a better, more rounded acoustic guitar player and musician.

June-July 2017

Don`t waste another second of your time learning the guitar scales by using the CAGED system.

June-July 2017

Tommaso explores the Harry Potter inspired "wizards only" theory of talent,

June-July 2017

Is there any real benefit to learning more than one scale system? Here`s one opinion to consider.

June-July 2017

Confused about the modes? Here is a way you can practice the modes that may help.

June-July 2017

In part 3, you`ll learn how to easily play fast solo lines and riffs on your guitar.

April-May 2017

Chris takes you through every inversion on string-set G-B-E, allowing you to bust one out when called upon to do so.

April-May 2017

In part 2, you`ll learn how to create amazing blues guitar solos using open strings.

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