Monthly Archives: December 2010

Institute tutor Vic Bynoe performs with Beverley Knight and Bryn Christopher on BBC Four

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance vocal tutor Vic Bynoe performed as part of the Soul Noel choir for BBC Four’s Christmas concert with a difference, as carols, Christmas anthems and the odd pop classic were performed with a gospel and soul twist.

Filmed at the Porchester Hall in west London, it featured UK soul diva Beverley Knight, the multi- talented jazz blues soul singer Carleen Anderson, Lagos-born jazz soul singer Ola Onabule and Birmingham-born Bryn Christopher in a unique celebration of Christmas.

BBC Four aired the concert on Sunday 19th December but for any who missed the chance to see the show and Vic perform with the choir, it’s repeated on Christmas Eve at 9:30pm and Boxing Day at 12:55am

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Posted in Education, Events

Guitar Institute and Steve Vai exclusive scholarship closing 7th January 2011

The Guitar Institute, part of London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, in partnership with Steve Vai would like to remind aspiring guitarists that they need to get their entry into the Steve Vai scholarship competition by Friday 7th January 2011 to be considered for this fantastic opportunity.

This scholarship is worth over £7,500 annually, with the award comprising one fully-funded place plus and one partially-funded place on the Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma Guitar course.

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 winners!

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Posted in Education, Guitar

Drum Channel Is Back with the Best Drummers in the World

Drum Channel is back, bigger and better than ever. The new look Drum Channel website has been completely redesigned with improved navigation and video streaming, together with a host of new features and sections.

At the heart of Drum Channel are the best drummers in the world, helping you have fun learning and sharing their tips & techniques. Drum Channel brings you exclusive and original content providing rare access to drumming legends. Our master classes and drumming lessons give you a special opportunity to learn from the masters with lessons from our drum faculty featuring Gregg Bissonette, Colin Bailey, Stephen Perkins, Chad Smith, Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Alex Acuna, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey and others.

The launch of the new website comes with a fantastic subscription offer. Use the coupon code VIP.PASS and get $10 discount off the Drum Channel Shows regular twelve month subscription price of $29.95, taking it to $19.95 or just $1.70 per month. Subscribe to the Drum Channel shows and you will also have access to the extensive library of DC shows and future shows plus members are eligible for discount at the Drum Channel store.

The new website features a host of exciting new content as well as huge back catalogue of shows, lessons and masterclasses. New shows already on-line include Jimmy Chamberlain discussing playing rock, Steve Smith playing with his Raga Bop Trio and Mike Clark talking about the Art of Drumming. Drum Channel will be uploading new content every week and the schedule of new shows and features over the next few months is truly phenomenal, so keep checking back on for news on what’s coming up!

Drum Channel offers hours of artist interviews, round table discussions, band concerts, drum jams, interactive live stream events, behind the scenes footage, contests and more. With  “Master Classes” from the best of the best drummers in the world and “Drum Lessons” from the best educators in the world, Drum Channel will not only inspire you to be a better player it will entertain you in the process.

Posted in Drums & Percussion

Rotosound confirm Duff McKagan, Billy Sheehan and RATT at NAMM 2011

Metal Legend Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses / Velvet Revolver fame will be appearing on the Rotosound booth at Winter NAMM alongside fellow legendary bassist Billy Sheehan. Billy is regarded by many to have changed the way the bass guitar is played and has been voted best bass guitar player five times by Guitar Player Magazine readers. Duff, revered by many musicians all over the world for his unique bass skills has recently been recording with Jane’s Addiction, Manic Street Preachers as well playing in the surprise one off reunion with fellow Guns & Roses members.

Heavy metal stalwarts RATT will also be making an appearance on the Rotosound stand. They have been touring extensively supporting the Scorpions this year, following the release of their first studio album in over a decade ‘Infestation’. Robbie Crane will be joined by Warren DeMartini and Carlos Cavazo.

Appearance Dates & Times:

Duff McKagan – Saturday 15th January 2011 1.00pm

Billy Sheehan – Saturday 15th January 2011 2.00pm

RATT: Robbie Crane, Warren DeMartin & Carlos Cavazo –  Saturday 15th January 2011 4.00pm

For further information and to see the latest new products visit Rotosound Booth 5596, Hall B see

Posted in Events, Guitar, Strings

Maven Peal Publishes Guitar Amplifier Player’s Troubleshooting Guide

Strafford, VT—Maven Peal Instruments, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of The Guitar Amplifier Player’s Troubleshooting Guide, the first do-it-yourself troubleshooting guide for musicians.

Any player who has been stuck at a gig or practice session with unwanted hiss, ghost notes, muddy, harsh or trebly tone; squealing or hissing; tremolo or reverb trouble; rattling or vibrating needs this guide. The Guitar Amplifier Player’s Troubleshooting Guide is the definitive source for fast answers to guitar amplifier troubles. It arms players with the information they need to quickly and effectively take on whatever amplifier problems they encounter, in whatever spot they’re in.

Author Dave Zimmerman explains “After publishing The Guitar Amplifier Player’s Guide this spring, I realized that although the Player’s Guide is an invaluable musician’s resource for getting the best tone from an amplifier, it doesn’t address the maintenance or repair issues that commonly come up for guitar players. Although I imagine some players will want to read the Troubleshooting Guide from cover to cover, its real value is that it is a fast, effective resource of solutions.”

Also available from Maven Peal are never before published business-sized Speaker Ohms and Watts Chart cards, which give you the correct impedance settings and wattages delivered to each speaker when connecting two speakers to 30, 50 and 100 watt amplifiers in both series and parallel.

The Guitar Amplifier Player’s Troubleshooting Guide is available from, and NBS Electronics, and can also be ordered directly from Maven Peal for $44.99 by visiting

Maven Peal Instruments, Inc. uses nonlinear analysis (chaos theory) to design audio and musical instrument amplifiers. For more information on The Guitar Amplifier Player’s Troubleshooting Guide, The Guitar Amplifier Player’s Guide, the Zeeta, Ganesha, RG88 or other Maven Peal products, contact Dave Zimmerman at 802-793-4847,, or visit Maven Peal at

Institute vocal tutor earns Grammy nomination with Groove Armada album

Groove Armada album ‘Black Light’ has been nominated for ‘Best Electronic/Dance Album’ at the 2011 Grammy Awards with Institute of Contemporary Music Performance vocal tutor Becky Jones (SaintSaviour) contributing to many of the tracks on the album, both as songwriter and performer.  She is featured as vocalist and co-writer on the first two singles from the album, ‘I Won’t Kneel’ and ‘Paper Romance’.

Check out Becky’s solo project, Saint Saviour, at  She has recently performed as part of the Little Noise Sessions, been confirmed as support for an upcoming tour with Hurts and has won acclaim following a demo played on Radio 1, with Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Dom Morley.

The 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, 13th February in Los Angeles, California.

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Posted in Education, News

Institute alumni Robbie Boyd writes song for Sir Tim Rice

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance alumni Robbie Boyd (Songwriting) has written a song ‘Oh Alaska’, which will be featured on Sir Tim Rice’s BBC 2 Radio programme ‘American Pie’, a series dedicated the exploration of music and musicians of each American State.

Upon hearing that Sir Tim Rice was looking for music from and about the state of Alaska, Robbie took it upon himself to research the State and write a song after being inspired by history and imagery that Alaska holds.  He recorded the song and hand-delivered the track to the producer of the show, which was followed by a call from Sir Tim Rice himself to let him know his song was selected for the Alaska programme.

The Alaska programme of the ‘American Pie’ series will air on 16th December 2010 at 11pm on BBC 2 Radio.

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Lick Library Adds Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 To their Catalogue

You loved the Van Halen collection so much; Lick Library just had to add Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 to their catalogue. With five new tracks, the 2 DVD set features over three hours of guitar lessons including covering Eddie Van Halen’s ground breaking solo techniques and killer riffs.

Van Halen is one of only five bands that have had two albums sell more than ten million copies in the USA.  Fronted by the inimitable Eddie Van Halen, who is undoubtedly one of the most influential, original and talented rock guitarists of the twentieth century, the band are getting set for the release of a new studio album and a tour in 2011.

The DVD is presented by Jamie Humphries who specializes in all things rock and is renowned for his fastidious transcriptions and awesome backing tracks. This double DVD set give you the chance for one to one guitar tuition with Jamie and is not to be missed.

Learn To Play Van Halen Vol 2 (RRP £24.99) – features the Van Halen version of the Kinks classic You Really Got Me from their debut album. This track was responsible for jump starting Van Halen’s career. Also taken from this album is I’m The One. Jamie then moves to Van Halen’s second album and takes a look at the concert staple Beautiful Girls. Their fourth album is regarded by many as their best and the DVD guitar lesson looks at the opening track Mean Streets. Finally you can study Drop Dead Legs from Van Halen’s most popular sixth album MCMLXXXIV (1984).

As you look at each track with Jamie, he will break it down into small manageable pieces, playing it slowly, then up’ing the tempo to a medium one before playing it up to tempo. All the time, because it is a Lick Library guitar lesson, you can see what both of Jamie’s hands are doing with the familiar split screen. Jamie talks you through the techniques needed to nail that two handed tapping so indicative of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing, and get that Van Halen feel in your playing.

To find out more about Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 visit where you will also find details of Learn To Play Van Halen, Van Halen The Solos, Quick Licks Fast Rock in the style of Van Halen and Guitar Techniques Van Halen as well as the many other guitar tuition DVDs from Lick Library.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Institute tutor Vic Bynoe performs with Primal Scream at London gigs

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance vocal tutor Vic Bynoe performed on-stage with alternative rock group Primal Scream at London’s Olympia on 26th and 27th November.  Organised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of the band’s album, and first winner of the Mercury Music Prize, ‘Screamadelica’, the gigs are the first of the UK tour where the album will be performed in full.

With the Friday evening gig broadcast live on BBC 6 Music, presented by Steve Lamacq, Vic was part of a 6-piece choir who performed on Screamadelica tracks ‘Movin On Up’, ‘Inner Flight’, ‘Loaded’ and finished the show with ‘Come Together’.

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Hudson Music releases Gil Sharone: Wicked Beats DVD

Hudson Limited announced today the upcoming release of Wicked Beats, an instructional DVD for drummers. The product will present a comprehensive historical study and educational system for Jamaican drumming styles. A release date of January 14, 2011, is planned.

Hosted and produced by drummer Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies/The Dillinger Escape Plan), Wicked Beats is the first product to offer a complete study of the evolution and development of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. It is the first and only curriculum to cover African Nyabingi, Mento and Burru, which helped shape the foundation of Jamaican drumming.

Wicked Beats’ comprehensive program teaches the proper sound and feel for dozens of grooves and variations. Sharone expertly guides the viewer through each of the three primary Jamaican styles plus many sub-styles, with tips on how to master each.

The product also includes compelling band demonstrations that give context to the lessons. The performances feature influential Jamaican/reggae musicians executing these styles with an authentic feel.

Completing the package are play-along tracks, an eBook with transcriptions, and a recommended discography. The DVD also includes special appearances by reggae historian Roger Steffens, Jamaican drumming pioneer Lloyd Knibb (The Skatalites), reggae drumming legend Carlton “Santa” Davis, and Adrian Young (No Doubt).

“This DVD is a musical journey with a real world payoff,” says Hudson Limited co-president Robert Wallis. “It delivers a full spectrum of knowledge that can be applied immediately in many playing situations.” Please visit your favorite dealer’s website or