Monthly Archives: June 2011

iDrum Magazine: Second Issue Free On-Line Now

iDrum issue two is here. Created by experts, designed to break new ground, packed full of exclusive interviews with talented artists, up to the minute news, reviews of cutting edge products – issue two is just the start of what is planned for the future. You can read it, watch it, hear it, touch it, share articles with friends and all for Free!

Features include the second part of Jamie Borden’s Neil Peart interview continuing with Neil discussing how his mind works, how he keeps in shape – physically and mentally and how the Time Machine Kit came about. In the exclusive Mike Portnoy interview, find out why he left Dream Theatre after nearly 25yrs, what it’s like playing with Avenged Sevenfold and what the future holds.  Then get together with Mr. Nice Guy himself – Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall – and find out why he thinks sharing is important. Other articles include Michito Sanchez – percussionist extraordinaire, John Tempesta – talking about his UK clinic tour, Jon Hiseman – discussing his new book and Brendan Buckley – Shakira’s go to guy.

In the Tech Sessions The Jungle Drummer continues the ‘blaggers guide’ to Drum ’n’ Bass and Pete Lockett gives an off beat displacement lesson looking at paradiddles and Tihai’s around the kit. In other lessons you can look at polyrhythmic patterns with Jamie Borden, the technicalities and rhythms of Pandeiro with Adriano Santos, groove enhancement with Pat Garvey, and dissect The Songo Groove with Richard Patterson. Not forgetting the first in a series of R & B groove lessons from Ed Williams.

The Review section is jam packed with all the latest gear and drumming must have gadgets. This part of the magazine looks at drum kits from the DW Performance series, and Tiki Vintage Maple Series, cymbals from Dream, UFIP and Meinl, as well as Mapex pedals, Natal cajons, Audix Mics, Mad hatters Hi Hat Jingle and of course the BC2 from Porter and Davies. This is followed by a generous chapter looking at all the latest CDs and DVDs where you can listen and watch excerpts as well as read what the reviewer thought.

iDrum brings you the amazing drumming prize of a lifetime, worth over £10,000 ($15,000 or €11,000)! In this free to enter competition, iDrum subscribers can win a piece of drumming history. Up for grabs are a complete set of Neil Peart Evolutions Snares by DW, his Sabian Paragon Cymbals, and a brick of his custom designed signature Promark Drum Sticks.

With over 180 pages this second issue is bursting at its virtual seams. You, the reader, can engage directly with the content and you can share it through your website, your blog, Facebook or Twitter – there is more than enough to go around. Get the iDrum habit, sign up for a free subscription and take the waiting out of wanting.

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Drum Channel: Cobus Potgieter, who has 80 million views on YouTube, gets internship at DC

Drum Channel is excited to announce that internet based, self taught drummer, Cobus Potgieter is joining them as an intern where fellow drummers can watch him learn and follow his progress picking up tips as they follow him along the way. During his internship he will have a regular show, and he will be studying with some of the best drummers and teachers in the world, many of whom are his drumming heroes.

Internationally recognized by playing drums on cover songs, Cobus, hails from South Africa, and started playing the drums nine years ago. He is an aspiring professional drummer, with 80 million views of his drumming on YouTube, where amazingly he is the 80th most subscribed (All Time) musician, globally. Even though he has had no formal lessons, his passion for playing led him to teach himself to play by ear. If you don’t know who he is, check him out  in Drum Channel Show, where he talks to Terry Bozzio and meets his favorite drummer Tony Royster Jr. Both of whom have very positive comments about Cobus’s playing. Also, you can check him out on his You Tube channel,

Follow Cobus on his internship as he meets top drummers like Chad Smith, Stephen Perkins and many more and takes lessons with some of the greatest teachers ever. He will take part in live shows and be there to ask all those questions you have wanted to, because quite simply, as he says he is a drummer from a small town South Africa and until recently THIS OPPORTUNITY WAS JUST A DRUMMERS DREAM.

Cobus’s Live Shows will be free. Check on’s schedule to find out more. If you want to join the many followers and learn with Cobus over the next months you can sign up for the Drum Channel All Access Pass which is currently on offer at $4.99 a month subscription. This monthly subscription gives you access to everything: 175 lessons, Master classes, and more than one hundred hours of shows. There are also LOADS OF FREE LESSONS AND SHOWS available, as well as tons of new content added every month.

To see and hear your heroes, talk and play, to learn how they do things or simply hang out with other drummers, professional and amateur  and or course follow Cobus on his next big adventure go to

Rotosound Strings Now Available to Purchase On

Rotosound have teamed up Shopatron to launch a new online store, reinforcing Rotosound’s commitment to maintaining the highest possible customer service. Now you will always be able to order the complete range of Rotosound strings and accessories you want, when you want, twenty four / seven, and choose to either get them delivered or go and collect them from your local dealer.

The online store is accessible directly from the Rotosound website. Simply click on the ‘BUY HERE’ button to place an order which will then be processed by selected UK Rotosound dealers. Your local dealer will fulfil the order, so you won’t lose that personal touch.

‘We wanted a way for our customers to easily find and purchase any of our products, whilst still allowing them to maintain a contact with their local dealer.’ said Jason How, Rotosound Managing Director. ‘This system is safe, simple, and convenient. It gives you access to the whole range of Rotosound products, a choice of delivery options, all from an authorised dealer.’

The Shopatron network is secure and easy to use with a full range of delivery options and order related services plus it sends an email to confirm your order. Shopatron takes every measure to protect your personal information by following stringent payment industry security standards.

Your convenience is Shopatron and Rotosound’s top priority.

The new online Rotosound Shopatron service is available in the USA through and UK through

To find out more about Rotosound strings and accessories visit and buy them online.

Posted in Guitar, News, Strings

Lick Library Releases Quick Licks in the style of Kerry King Thrash Metal

Lick Library is now shipping Quick Licks in the style of Kerry King Thrash Metal key: E Minor. This new guitar tuition DVD helps you learn the best Kerry King killer licks in easy to follow lessons, where you can practice along with the professional backing track included with the DVD.

Kerry King, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and co-founder of American thrash metal band Slayer, has earned his reputation as one of thrash metal’s premier guitarists by consistently delivering crushing riffs, ripping tones and staggering live performances. His guitar playing is often described as angular, focusing more on speed and chaos than on melody or typical metal style technical precision. He is known for making extensive use of the whammy bar, down tuned rhythms and a very heavy irregular vibrato. You can see Kerry Play at Slayer’s only 2011 UK appearance at Sonisphere 8th July.

Andy James has for some time been widely regarded as one of the UK’s rising stars in the realms of Shred & Metal guitar and more recently played Download festival with his band Sacred Mother Tongue. His blistering technique is well suited to showing you how to develop the speed and instrumental prowess that defines the hardcore tempos of the aggressive Kerry King and Slayer material.

In the Quick Licks in the style of Kerry King Thrash Metal key: E Minor (RRP £19.99) guitar tuition DVD, Andy James explores a series of licks and ideas that Kerry King has put into his solos over the years. After listening to Kerry’s playing Andy has taken the gems of ideas and the techniques Kerry uses that makes up his playing to put together 3 minutes tracks that demonstrate how to string licks together and create a solo. Breaking everything down into small sections, and using the famous Lick Library split screen, these guitar lessons will help you develop techniques such as bending, alternate picking and tapping. Also included are backing tracks so you can practice everything you learn.

LickLibrary also offer Learn to Play Slayer, and Slayer Jamtrax. To find out more about these and other products visit

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

Ethnotic Drum Rhythm Fills

The supreme ethno-rhythm drum filler collection with over 200 loops of quality percussion compositions that are widely used in popular up-tempo urban pop beats. The focal sound design was to create a select drum fill library that can simply be mixed into your beats to add clarity or widen a drum mix instantly. Included are a variety of live and drum machine sounds; sticks, rims, congas, bongos, tables, shakers, cabasa, bells, triangles, claves and many more percussion sounds that have been moderately filtered and EQ’d. This collection is priced at a great value and will be useful for many of your future beats.

  • Quantity: 200+ Loops
  • File Type: Wav
  • Music Styles: Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Various.
  • Range: 100-122 Bpm

Ethnotic Drum Rhythm Fills – $14.95

For demos and product info please visit

Orange Amps Launches Tornado Victims Fund-raising ‘Music Aid for Joplin’ Auction

Orange Amplifiers, alongside fellow musicians and other people in the music industry, were so very saddened to hear the news about the worst tornado season in more than fifty years in the USA and would like to offer their support. 153 people have been killed in Joplin, Missouri – home of the Glory Days Music Store – and half the town was destroyed including Glory Days itself and the owner’s home.

Orange Amps have decided after hearing the news to set up a fund-raising Music Aid for Joplin’ auction of very special musical equipment from Orange and a number of other manufacturers. CEO Cliff Cooper will be working with Ted Owen, the auction house Fame Bureau‘s Managing Director, who is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in music equipment and memorabilia.

Orange Amps will donate a rare and valuable (last one of only twenty made) Union Jack half-stack worth at least $6000! Orange have also helped to coordinate support from other musical instrument manufacturers/suppliers and the auction will include a number of very desirable items which are being added to on a daily basis. The list currently includes:

  • Sabian Cymbals money-can’t-buy 14” Paragon Crash personally signed by RUSH’s Neil Peart with the Steampunk logo, personalized with the winner’s name
  • Sabian leather jacket
  • Orange CR50BXT bass amp, signed by RUSH’s Geddy Lee, personalized with the winner’s name
  • Yamaha Gigmaker 5pc drum set with hardware and Paiste 101 cymbals
  • Yamaha New A Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar
  • Sierra Guitars Sierra Sunrise Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
  • Shure Microphones Super 55
  • Guitar World 12-Month Subscription

David Peterson, owner of Glory Days Music Store, commenting on the auction said, ‘On hearing about Orange’s plans to raise proceeds through an auction, I was just floored. I didn’t think for one minute that someone would do something like that for me without asking for it. It’s an incredible gesture.’

‘We have seen the heartbreaking tragedy that has taken place in the USA, particularly in Joplin Missouri, ‘ said Cooper, ‘ and we felt that we would like to do something in the spirit of that special relationship that exists between the USA and the UK. The money raised will help the re-establishment of the Glory Days Music Store.’

The American Red Cross in Joplin is providing emergency assistance at five separate locations. This includes first aid and emergency health services, mental health services, distribution of bulk items such as recovery kits, toiletries and items needed for the clean-up such as gloves, rakes, masks, and vital water supplies and snacks.

To assist Orange Amps and its fellow manufacturers to help and support the Joplin community please go to Fame Bureau’s website and bid on one of the many items available. The auction begins Monday, July 18th at Auction ends Wednesday, August 24th.

Any companies wishing to donate to this worthy cause can contact Orange Amps or the Fame Bureau direct via their website

Posted in Amplification, Guitar, News

Protection Racket Make White Hot Cases For Red Hot Two Door Cinema Club Drummer – Ben Thompson

For Ben Thompson of Two Door Cinema Club, White is definitely the new black when it comes to his new Protection Racket Drum Cases.

The exuberant Two Door Cinema Club are riding a tidal wave of success through this summers biggest and best festivals in the UK, Europe and USA with White being the theme of this years tour. Their music was voted best by college students making them winners of the 2011 MTVU Breaking Woodie Award (previous winners include Kings of Leon) and they are set to appear at the Isle of White, Glastonbury and Leeds / Reading festivals to name just a few.

Protection Racket – with all the authority of the White House when it comes to making soft drum cases – have used all their usual wizardry to produce this spellbinding set of cases.  Ben is entrusting his precious drums to the milky white soft fleecy lining of these lightweight, maximum protection cases. Crafted in white with contrasting zips and fasteners capable of surviving the choppiest of journeys and come with practical carry handles.

With all the festivals coming up (and we all know how much mud there can be) dressing up your drums in dazzling snowy white cases may seem a little bit of a white elephant, but they sure will shine out in the crowd. Ben is going to see how bright he can keep the white and Protection Racket will be holding the cases up to the light after the festival season to see how much of a shine they have retained.

Wherever the gig, Protection Racket case are built to last, light, tough, road tested, clean and simple and come in a range of colours, Black, Aero Brown, Funky Green and Steel Grey.

To find out more about Protection Racket cases go to

To find out more about Two Door Cinema Club and their up an coming tour and festival appearances go to

Everything Everything selects Bobby Evans as 2011 Shure Songwriting winner

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Shure Songwriting Award, as chosen by the Ivor Novello Award-nominated band Everything Everything.  This innovative competition for aspiring singer-songwriters saw a record number of applicants compete for a place on the Institute’s prestigious one-year Professional Diploma in Songwriting course, sponsored by Columbia Records.

Eight finalists were chosen through a combination of public voting and a panel of experts from the Institute’s impressive songwriting faculty. The finalists were presented to Everything Everything, who have been making a notable impact in the music industry with their debut album ‘Man Alive’. The band were impressed by the high level of the entries and chose two winners: Bobby Evans for a full scholarship and Alex Losardo for the partial scholarship.

Commenting on their winners the band said:

We gave Bobby first place because we were really impressed with his simple and direct song. It has a great, hooky vocal melody, uses simple but really lovely harmony, and rhythmically his drumming on his guitar is really effective. Overall, a great song performed beautifully.

Alex’s song impressed because of his strong voice, creative use of quite jazzy harmony, and relaxed performance. The song takes some unexpected turns and keeps the listener on their toes in a really enjoyable way.’

Bobby and Alex now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to professionally develop their talent and skills with a free place on the Institute’s one-year Professional Diploma in Songwriting course (worth £5,250). As well as enjoying this great opportunity to learn, Bobby and Alex will also benefit from the many opportunities that arise at the Institute to write, collaborate and perform in live London showcase events in front of key industry professionals.

For further information about the Institute and the 2012 Shure Songwriting Award, visit or contact the Institute directly:

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Lick Library Bring You Learn To Play Thin Lizzy The Solos

Lick Library one of world leading suppliers of guitar tuition DVD’s, has just released Learn to Play Thin Lizzy The Solos ,giving you the opportunity to explore this explosive Celtic rock band’s intensely powerful twin guitar harmonies.

There is no other band, past or present like Thin Lizzy. As one of the defining twentieth century rock bands they burst onto the Dublin rock scene in the early seventies. The band saw a succession of critically acclaimed guitarists play, including founder member Eric Bell, the legendary Gary Moore, Scott Gorham, the longest serving and most steady guitar presence in Thin Lizzy, and Brian Robertson who along with Scott Gorham provided Thin Lizzy’s twin guitar attack. Others include Midge Ure, Snowy White and John Sykes. These incredible partnerships made Thin Lizzy into one of the most powerful guitar bands in the music industry.

Renowned guitarist and tutor, as well as co founder of Lick Library, Stuart Bull takes you through note for note five classic Thin Lizzy guitar solos. Stuart has literally taught thousands of people to play the guitar throughout the world with his award winning Total Accuracy that guitar series. Using the trade mark Lick Library split screen so you can see what both of Stuarts hands are doing at the same time you can match what Stuart is saying to what he does.

Stuart looks at what is widely regarded at Thin Lizzy’s greatest and most romantic ballad Still In Love With You, which includes the long Brian Robertson solo full of subtle tremolo picking making it almost ethereal in the emotions it conveys. Next up is Don’t Believe A Word, featuring the awesome guitar work of Gary Moore in a slower yet equally fantastic solo. This is followed by Dancing In The Moonlight, in which Scott Gorham’s solo is crisp and light especially with its descending octave lick.  Further solos are featured from Whiskey In The Jar, arguably their best known song and last but not least is Waiting For An Alibi where the guitars and bass take turns in coming to the front.

Accompanying the DVD is a CD with jam tracks for each solo. Each jam track comes at three different speeds, slow, medium and full tempo, allowing you to practice each solos at your own pace, steadily building up to full speed.

You can find out more on Learn To Play Thin Lizzy The Solos (RRP £24.99) from where you will also find details of wealth of tuition DVDs, CDs and books related to Thin Lizzy, and the incredible guitarist that have played a part in creating their distinctive sound.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Rotosound Sign Over Thirty New Endorsees

Rotosound continue to add to their pedigree stable of world class endorsees using their strings. Whether your taste in music is for Blues, Dance, Folk, Pop, Metal, Punk or Rock the Rotosound list of endorses includes many favorites.

New to the list are 2011 Blues awards nominees, Simon McBride, nominated in the Best Male Singer, Best Band, Best Guitarist and Best Album categories, and Oli Brown Band, nominated in the same categories plus Best Young Artist.

Also joining the Rotosound family are dance band extraordinaire Stereo MC’s, British two tone revival band The Beat, and the shockingly good cyber punk band Circus of Horrors who recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.

Adding some metal to the Rotosound bloodline are folk metal band Týr, death metal super group IDIOM, Greek demons Septicflesh, Grammy award nominee Chris Tsangarides, newly reunited Wolsbane and Sylosis – who have just released their long awaited second album. New artists soon to appear at the forthcoming Bloodstock festival are Deadly Circus Fire, Hang The Bastard, and with a reputation for intense live shows as well as being on Metal Hammer’s 2010 Hot list Fury UK.

Then come the full blooded rock bands including one of Wales’ finest alternative rock bands Lethargy, Fun Lovin’ Criminals fresh from their new album release, InmE headliners of the Strongbow Stage at the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth in July 2010, and Middleman, overall winners of the 2009 Future Sound Competition.  Garage rockers The Whigs, who toured last year with the Kings of Leon, and the Jim Jones Revue, whose musical style has been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard also join the distinguished Rotosound lineage. Rare breed’s indie rockers The Vaccines, recently placed third in the BBC’s Sound of 2011, and critically acclaimed Sparrow and the Workshop are also members of this fine rocking string. Others include hard rockers Starseed, seductive firebrands The Dandies, screaming Shadows Chasing Ghosts, 2011 Kerrang! Award nominee in the Best British Newcomer category Francesqa, and nominee in the same category last year My Passion. Boy Cried Wolf (featuring Wayne Murray who has been touring with the Manic Street Preachers for the last five years) plus the must see live band Midgar also join the ever growing list.

Then add in to this incredible list bass players Clint Williams, Jah Wobble of Public Image Ltd fame, Martin Turner of Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash and musician and actor Tricky famously associated with Massive Attack.

To find out more about the Rotosound Strings and their endorsees visit

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