Monthly Archives: August 2010

ICMP Tutor Phil Capone To Perform As Part Of Jimi Hendrix Exhibition

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) guitar tutor Phil Capone will be holding an exclusive masterclass, as part of the ‘Hendrix in Britain’ exhibition, a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, on Saturday, 2nd October.  This event is one of many being held through September and October being held by Handel House inspired by the exhibition.

Phil’s masterclass will cover the licks, tricks and stylistic trademarks that made Hendrix one of the greatest musicians of our time.  Demonstrating various effects and sounds Hendrix frequently used, as well as transcriptions of classic Hendrix tunes, Phil will offer insight into lead and rhythm playing, as well as the harmonic thinking behind his playing.  The masterclass will be held at the Cumberland Hotel in Mayfair, London, where Hendrix stayed during his time in London, on 2nd October from 2 to 4pm.  Tickets cost £15, which includes admission to the ‘Hendrix in Britain’ exhibition.

To get more information or book tickets, please call:

  • 020 7399 1953

For further information about the ICMP, contact us directly on:

About the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The ICMP is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the ICMP has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities.  It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a 2-year Foundation Degree, a fully-funded 1-year Diploma, a specialist 1-year Higher Diploma, a Professional Diploma in Songwriting plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and songwriters. Past or present ICMP students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Moby and The Noisettes, playing with bands like Radiohead and  Babyshambles and artists like Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue, and also working as teachers all over the world.


Posted in Education, Events, Guitar

Learn to Play Rory Gallagher Guitar Tuition DVD launched by Lick Library

Lick Library’s massive selection of guitar tuition DVDs wouldn’t be complete without including the legendary Rory Gallagher.

Described by Jimi Hendrix as the best guitarist in the world, Rory Gallagher is cited by many modern guitarists including Slash, The Edge and Joe Bonamassa as an inspiration in their formative years. Rory was an Irish Blues / Rock guitarist, famed for his talent, dedication to his craft and his legendary marathon performances.

Learn to Play Rory Gallagher (RRP £24.99) – is over two hours of outstanding guitar tuition by acclaimed guitar teacher Mike Casswell. This double DVD set breaks down five classic Rory Gallagher tracks into easy to learn sections which let you learn every riff and solo note for note. Tracks included on these guitar tuition DVDs are Do You Read Me, Secret Agent, Moonchild, Tattoo Lady and Shadow Play. Mike shares cool little tricks with you as he advises you on how to get the best touch and tone to achieve an out of phase sound similar to Rory Gallagher. Techniques covered include power chords, bending, harmonics, distortion, and how to get the same sound with different hand positions – choose the one most comfortable for you.

Guitar tutor, Mike Casswell, is a world renowned player with an extensive musical history having toured with many of the greatest, played on TV ads, jingles and film soundtracks and worked on theatre productions including We Will Rock You. He is a versatile player with a wide range of influences including Rory Gallagher himself and clear easy manner as he teaches you these fabulous tracks.

Log on and learn at www.licklibrary.com, probably the best online guitar community. If you take your guitar playing seriously check out Lick Library’s huge range of guitar tuition DVDs.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Groove Armada’s SaintSaviour’s first solo gig supported by ICMP Students

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is delighted to announce that ICMP vocal tutor Becky Jones otherwise known as SaintSaviour, will be headlining her first solo gig open to the public on Thursday, 26th August at London’s 3 Olaf Street.

As lead singer for Groove Armada, SaintSaviour has been busy with the band through the summer, taking the stage on the Groove Armada tour for their album ‘Black Light’, as well as covering ground at all the major music festivals this year, most recently at this weekend’s V Festival in Cheltenham.  Becky has been attracting fans such as Steve Lamacq who described her as; ‘My Glasto highlight this year, mesmerising!‘ Edith Bowman who commented that she has ‘Phenomenal stage presence!’ and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys who was ‘very impressed’!

Support on the night comes from recently graduated ICMP Professional Diploma in Songwriting students Elena Tonra and Robbie Boyd, who are both making a name for themselves on the London music scene.  Sponsored by Columbia Records, the Professional Diploma in Songwriting is a one-year highly practical course that covers the skills and knowledge required to develop raw songwriting talent into professional careers.

To get more information or book tickets for this gig, please contact:

For further information about the ICMP, contact us directly on:

About the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The ICMP is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the ICMP has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities.  It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a 2-year Foundation Degree, a fully-funded 1-year Diploma, a specialist 1-year Higher Diploma, a Professional Diploma in Songwriting plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and songwriters. Past or present ICMP students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Moby and The Noisettes, playing with bands like Radiohead and  Babyshambles and artists like Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue, and also working as teachers all over the world.

About GustoGig:

Gusto events provide the platform to showcase new musical talent, offering artists the environment, the sound and the stage to share their vision with music fans, local communities, cultural exchange and the music industry. Gusto Events flagship venue is 3 Olaf St, one of London’s most innovative and captivating architectural spaces.


Posted in Education, Events

Lick Library Release Learn to Play Kings of Leon Guitar Tuition DVD

Lick Library continue to build one of the worlds best selection of guitar tuition DVDs by adding world renowned, multi-award winning band Kings of Leon to their vast library. The band is currently in the middle of a world tour and is set to headline at this years V Festival 21/22nd August.

Learn to Play Kings of Leon (RRP £24.99) – is the ultimate guide to learning how to play Kings of Leon Classic Tracks with over two hours of lessons across a double DVD set. The tracks include Grammy award winning Sex on Fire and Use Somebody which achieved worldwide chart success. Both were from the Brit Awards 2009 Best International Album 2009 Only By The Night. Other tracks featured are Molly’s Chamber, The Bucket, and For Kicks. This guitar tuition DVD uses the trademark Lick Library split screen, so you can see what both hands are doing at the same time, as find out how to play all the guitar parts of these favourite tracks.

The DVD is presented by the highly respected guitar tutor Mike Casswell who has toured with many of the greatest, played on many TV ads, jingles and film soundtracks and worked on theatre productions including We Will Rock You. Mike takes you through a one to one lesson on this DVD where you can learn in your time how to play these songs.  You can return as many times as want to any section of the songs, which are broken down into bite sized sections. Along the way you will learn rhythm and bar chord playing, differences between live and studio playing, equipment to use to get these iconic guitar sounds as well as a range of cool guitar techniques.

Lick Library has a wide ranging library of guitar tuition DVDs covering classic through to contemporary rock, jazz, classical and many more. Check out the full range or guitar tuition DVDs available to purchase at www.licklibrary.com.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Rotosound Re-launches Facebook Page

Rotosound is excited to announce the re-launch of its Facebook page. This new look page has been completely reworked, vastly improved and introduces lots of new sections.

At the heart of the new Rotosound Facebook page is a full product catalogue with details and pictures of the complete range of Rotosound strings and accessories.

In keeping with the companies philosophy of continual evolution and improvement the new Rotosound Facebook page’s fresh modern look also includes a section with all the latest news about the products, the company and its endorsees. All of which is updated regularly. The new Photo album already contains early photographs of Rotosound endorsees such as Pink Floyd and The Who and will be updated in the coming months with more rare and current endorsee photos.

If you’re not a friend already, sign up and get the hottest news and check out the release of rare original artist pictures on the page… we look forward to seeing you there.

About Rotosound

Rotosound is a pioneering force in string manufacturing and celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2008. Their world famous music strings have been the first choice for some of the greatest musicians in the history of music and include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and the cream of more recent bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Oasis. They continue to endorsee an ever increasing list of the most respected, innovative and professional musicians, as well as being used by millions of satisfied customers around the planet.


Posted in Guitar, Strings, Web Sites