Monthly Archives: November 2010

Institute students perform on X Factor

Three students from London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance took to the stage for the hit ITV1 show ‘The X Factor’ this past weekend to perform with the latest round of finalists.  Tom Pearson (Alumni, drum), Henry Appleby (Degree, drum) and Mark Yeoman (Degree, guitar) played with Louis Walsh’s act Mary Byrne and Cheryl Cole’s act Katie Waissel as they performed two songs each for the show’s ‘Rock Week’ theme.

Student Henry Appleby said: The gig was amazing!  Everyone was really nice and the show has a very relaxed atmosphere which surprised me because of its size.  It was a great opportunity that I was able to take advantage of because of the Institute and I am so happy to have taken part.’

For more information on student opportunities and courses at the Institute, contact us directly:

Posted in Education, Events

Institute Unveils 2011 Music Scholarships Worth Over £36,000

The Institute is delighted to announce, in conjunction with its leading partners, the launch of over £36,000 worth of scholarships for deserving students to study Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma course. The scholarship categories are as follows:

  • GUITAR: Supported by Yamaha Guitar and Total Guitar Magazine
  • BASS: Supported by Musicman Bass and  Bass Guitar Magazine
  • DRUMS: Supported by Mapex/Paiste and Drummer Magazine
  • VOCALS: Supported by Shure and R & R World

Each category includes one full scholarship (worth over £5,000 to the winner) and one partial scholarship (worth £2,500 each). The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The Institute, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists.

Previous Institute students can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue, Eric Clapton and Paolo Nutini.  Previous scholarship winners can be seen performing with successful artists across the world including Estelle, N-Dubz and Lauren Hill.

Closing date for entries is 17th February 2011 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from

Over 500 Drum Rudiments!

Amongst the large amount of educational materials that can be found on, there is now the largest list of known Drum Rudiments ever available online, including over 500 patterns!!

In order to help you in learning and perfecting these drum rudiments, there are easy to read sheet music examples, performance tips, free PDF sheet music and video tutorials included for each rudimental pattern.

Also if you are a beginner or find this large list a bit overwhelming, check out the Beginner’s Guide To Rudiments.

Lick Library Release Learn to Play Slash Guitar Tuition DVD

Slash’s first solo album was a huge chart topping success in the UK and across the globe. Lick Library with Danny Gill have worked day and night to bring you Learn to Play Slash, a guitar tuition DVD that shows you how to master five of the most phenomenal tracks from this album.

Slash, former lead guitarist with Guns N’ Roses and co-founder of Velvet Revolver released his first solo album in April 2010. He is a critically acclaimed guitarist; in 2009 he was voted in Time Magazine second on its list of the “10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time”. As one of the most distinctive and in demand guitarists in the last thirty years, Slash is equally confident working in hard rock or pop. He is a fluid, articulate guitar player renowned for his ferocious licks and searing solos.

Helping you nail these five superb tracks, teaching you every riff and solo note for note, is guitar teacher supreme Danny Gill. Former pupil of Joe Satriani, prolific TV and film music writer, Danny has played in a number of rock bands and has the skills, techniques and credibility to help you capture a true sense of how Slash plays his guitar.

Learn to Play Slash (RRP 24.99) is a guitar tuition double DVD with over 3 hours of Guitar lessons. All the tracks included in the guitar lessons are taken from Slash’s eponymous new album ‘Slash’.  The single ‘By The Sword’ was released in March 2010 and featured Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, Ghost, was the only single on the album where anyone one else, namely Izzy Stradlin played guitar. The instrumental ‘Watch This’ famously featured Dave Grohl on drums. Slash premiered ‘Nothing to Say’ on his MySpace page, and ‘Beautiful Dangerous’ on Amazon. Danny takes you through these amazing tracks using the recognizable Lick Library split screen to ensure you can clearly see what he is doing with both of his hands. With a calm approach and easy to understand simple instructions, Danny shows you how to break the tracks down into small playable pieces then rebuild them into the whole song again.

Learn to Play Slash is available to purchase now along with Slash Jamtrax, Quick Licks: Slash and over 20,000 other guitar tuition products. For the ultimate range of tuition products, has the comprehensive and definitive professional guides to learning to playing the guitar.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Nomad Factory Releases Magnetic – Real to Real Audio Tape Warmer Plug-In

Nomad Factory, leader in tube emulation technology, proudly announces the launch of “MAGNETIC”, a truly realistic “Real to Real” audio tape warming effect plug-in that gives your audio tracks the exclusive vintage tape sound which your ears crave. This effect can inject sterile audio with the warmth and character of classic tube circuitry and analog tape saturation. The plug-in features pure analog reel-to-reel tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage style EQ and a built in Boost mastering section. The result is a creamy, warm sound that can only be achieved by MAGNETIC.

Never before has such a great sounding plug-in effect been so easy to use! At first touch, the plug-in’s interface is modern, simple, and extremely user-friendly which instantly allows you to dial in usable sounds.

MAGNETIC can be used in many different musical ways. Try using it on individual tracks to add subtle warmth and tape color to your drums or use it to create a filtered cassette AM-radio effect on a vocal. But that’s not all… when used on the master bus, MAGNETIC can warm your entire mix and “boost” it up to broadcast level. It’s just like having a 30+ year old reel-to-reel tape machine at your fingertips, without all the maintenance costs.

From Today till November 30, 2010 the new MAGNETIC plug-in will be sold at introductory price of $49 (MSRP $199) or as part of a hot Group-Buy promotion.

Learn more from the Nomad Factory website :

About Nomad Factory

Nomad Factory, leader in tube emulation technology is a well-known audio software company based in Los Angeles, California. Nomad Factory has from scratch developed unique tube emulation techniques that make their plug-ins sound so realistic that it gives the users, the impression they are using the warm sound of classic analog hardware. Nomad Factory’s plug-ins are actually used in professional studios through out the world as well as by professional musicians, engineers and producers…

New book launched “A Drummer’s Perspective” A stunning collection of live action drumming photos

A Drummer’s Perspective is an original and unrivalled collection of over 200 photographs celebrating the world of drumming.

This large format book brings together some of the finest unseen photographs of legendary drummers. It is a unique collection of pictures taken by the author David Phillips, who has been given rare access on stage and behind the scenes to many of the biggest bands in the world.

These images capture the raw emotion and sheer excitement of playing live: You’ll be able to see the view from behind the kit on stage in front of tens of thousands of people, get up close to the action at sound checks and see exceptional shots of some of the most amazing rock concerts and festivals.

The book features over hundred drumming legends from every type of genre and includes new photos of Dave Grohl, Joey Jordison, Zak Starkey, Ginger Baker, Dominic Howard, Neil Peart, Nicko McBrain, Mitch Mitchell, Roger Taylor, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Nick Mason, Alex Acuña, Dave Weckl, Josh Freese, Chad Smith, Joey Castillo, Thomas Lang and this list goes on and on!

Renowned drummer, Terry Bozzio has written the foreword. Each picture is accompanied with details of where and when it was taken, recollections and anecdotes from the author, together with tour memorabilia such as backstage and photo passes.

The powerful images and text give a fascinating insight to drummers, their playing and their world. This coffee table book retails for £29.99 and can be purchased exclusively from It will go on sale from December 6th 2010 and pre-orders can be placed via the website before this to reserve your copy in time for Christmas.

Posted in Drums & Percussion

Guitar Institute and Steve Vai announce exclusive guitar scholarship worth £7500

The Guitar Institute, part of London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, is delighted to today announce the launch of their exclusive Steve Vai scholarship programme. This scholarship is worth over £7,500 annually, with the award comprising one fully-funded place plus one part-funded place on the Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma course.

Grammy award-winning and legendary guitarist Steve Vai has always supported exciting new artists through his label Favoured Nations but now, by partnering with the Institute in the development of this scholarship, he has shown his commitment to finding and nurturing new talent. And by choosing to work with the Institute, he has ensured that his own personal commitment will be supported by one of the world’s leading providers of music education.

Paul Kirkham, Director at the Institute, said: ‘We are thrilled by the launch of this new scholarship programme. It is an honour to be working with someone of the calibre of Steve Vai, and we have been hugely impressed by his obvious commitment to and support for the development of new talent. This is of course a great opportunity for all aspiring guitar players – Steve is a huge inspiration to millions around the globe and for them to have the chance to develop their skills and talent at the Institute through his generosity is amazing.’

To enter the scholarship, which will be for the course commencing October 2011, all you have to do is upload a three minute video performance to the Steve Vai scholarship website, before January 7th 2011. A combination of an expert panel of judges plus public voting will select the finalists and then Steve will be making his selection for this year’s winner!

For more information on scholarships and courses at the Guitar Institute, contact us directly:

Posted in Education, Events, Guitar

Institute launches new Foundation Degree in Songwriting for September 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce the launch of a new full-time Degree programme, the 2-year Foundation Degree in Songwriting.  As part of the Institute’s rapidly growing Songwriting programme, the course is focused on developing each songwriters unique ‘creative voice’, combining both the craft and skill of songwriting with the entrepreneurial and business skills required to create a rewarding career in the music industry.

Delivered at the Institute facilities in London by the UK’s leading teaching faculty, the key attributes of the course include:

  • Developing creativity as a songwriter
  • Challenging songwriters to develop the skills required to function successfully in a wide range of industry environments
  • Producing a significant body of work in preparation for the work place
  • Entrepreneurship and business skills, helping graduates exploit their creative ability
  • Teaching transferable skills that prepare students for the real world, including self-management, career planning, marketing, promotion, social networking and interpersonal skills
  • Opportunities to undertake industry work experience

For more information on this and other courses at the Institute, contact us directly:

The Foundation Degree in Songwriting course is subject to validation.

Posted in Education

Lick Library brings you Learn 50 Killer Metal Guitar Licks Vol. 2

Lick Library has the best guitar tuition in the business to help you play guitar licks like your heroes – Zakk Wylde, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malsteen, Alex Laiho and many more. For that reason they got together with top tutor and shredder Andy James to bring you Learn 50 Killer Metal Guitar Licks Vol.2 (RRP £19.99) a guitar tuition DVD.

Have you ever heard one of your guitar heroes play something your thought was really awesome and wondered how to get the same sound yourself? More importantly have you always wanted to learn how to incorporate those incredible licks into your own music? Then Learn 50 Metal Killer Guitar Licks Vol.2 is exactly what you are looking for to take your shredding to the next level with a whole new collection of metal licks and techniques. These include minor pentatonic positions, two string sequences, speed building licks, alternate and economy picking licks, tapping, legato licks and much more. There is also a metal guitar jam tack as well included on this guitar lesson DVD.

Andy James, featured on Sky TV’s Musicians Channel, is a much respected guitarist and teacher with a blistering technique. He takes you through all these licks and techniques in small manageable sequences, explaining clearly what you need to do to achieve the sound you want. At all times you can easily see what both of Andy’s hands are doing with the customary Lick Library split screen.

If you haven’t already you may also want to check out the first in the series Learn to Play 50 Killer Metal Licks (RRP £19.99) with even more metal style licks to bring in to your rhythm patterns and soloing also available from Lick Library.  You can also watch more of Andy James’ guitar lessons at

Posted in Education, Guitar

Institute presents gig with Hard Rock Cafe, Gibson Guitars, SAE London and BMI

London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance will be hosting ‘Sofas & Strings at Hard Rock Cafe’, an incredible evening of music on Thursday, 11th November, in association with Gibson Guitar, BMI and SAE.

‘Sofas & Strings at Hard Rock Cafe’ will showcase unsigned talent from the world of arts and music education.  There will be performances by Institute students Lucy Dagg, Raphaella and Salena Mastroianni, with a headline stripped-down acoustic set from experimental rock band, Revere.  Hailing from London, Revere have hit the scene and gained enviable reviews from BBC6 Music, The Times and Q Magazine to name a few, as well as developing a name for themselves as an exciting live act.

The event will take place at London’s Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, 11th November at 7pm.  Entry to the gig is free.

For further information this and other events at the Institute, contact us directly on:

Posted in Events, Guitar