Monthly Archives: April 2012

Learn To Play John Mayer – a new DVD from Lick Library

Lick Library present Learn To Play John Mayer, a double DVD set of over three hours of guitar lessons of great blues from this much admired singer, songwriter. John Mayer’s playing has been likened to the legendary blues guitarist Eric Clapton for his laid back, harmonically astute smooth blues sound.

Learn to Play John Mayer (RRP £24.99) provides note for note lessons to five songs; the uniquely tuned Neon from the platinum selling Room For Square Album and the contagious, mid tempo Bigger Than My Body from John’s second album Heavier Things. Next come the bittersweet Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, the easy going bluesy Gravity and the melancholic Stop This Train from the Grammy award winning Continuum album.

Helping you through the guitar lesson is the highly sought after freelance guitarist and producer Mike Casswell. He strips five classic John Mayer tracks back to the bare notes and takes you through them, step by step as you build the song together and learn to play guitar in John Mayer’s bluesy manner. The screen is split so that not only can you see what Mike is doing on the fret board, but you can also see how he emulates John Mayer’s unique strumming technique.

As well as Learn To Play John Mayer, Lick Library has also recorded John Mayer Jam Trax (£9.99), full backing tracks for each song using live musicians. Both of these are available from Alternatively buy the Perfect Partner Set (RRP £29.98) and save £5.00.

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

ModernBeats releases ‘Radio MAX’ Music Loops

Packed with over 200 Pop Radio music loops, 600 files in 3 formats (WAV/AIFF/REX2), and 814MB in size, ModernBeats releases the ‘Radio MAX’ loop library. The loopset was designed at the popular Top-40 Radio tempo of 120BPM and provides 10 construction-style multi-track Radio/Pop/R&B/Dance music themes with up to 4 variations per theme: “Hook 1”, “Hook 2”, “Verse 1”, and “Verse 2”.

‘Radio MAX’ features a wide array of chart-topping Pop R&B Dance radio performances in the style of platinum Pop R&B Dance music artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Katy Perry, Madonna, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, and more. All loops mix-match seamlessly together in a construction-style layout allowing for full mixing control and arrangement.

Radio MAX Music Loops – Multi-Track Instruments Included:

  • Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bells, Analog Bass, Arpeggio Synths
  • Brass Section, Breath Sound Effects, Chorus Synths, Choir Pads
  • Electric Guitar, Ensemble Strings, Glide Bass, Guitar Harmonics
  • Horns Section, Marcato Strings, Muted Guitar, Portamento Synths
  • Phaser Pads, Piano, Staccato Strings, Saw Synth Leads
  • Square Synth Leads, Sync Synths, Synth Bells, Synth Pads
  • Synth Sound Effects, Violins, Vocoder FX, & Vocal Sound FX

Radio MAX Loops is offered as a download, priced at just $39.95. For more information plus audio demos, visit:

Posted in Audio, Loops, Samples

Avid Releases Latest Version of Sibelius First; The Fastest, Easiest Way to Write and Share Music

New innovative design, incredible included sounds and comprehensive sharing options make Sibelius First the premiere solution for beginning notation and composition

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the release of Sibelius First, the easiest and most intuitive way for aspiring composers, songwriters, arrangers and students to write and share music.

Sibelius First combines the Sibelius Student and Sibelius First notation products into a single easy-to-use, powerful, and fun music composition tool. The new Sibelius First takes advantage of the features introduced by Avid’s Sibelius 7, including a task-oriented UI specifically designed to guide you through the creative process, exceptional playback and sound quality, 64-bit technology and support for the latest operating systems—plus new video export functionality, online publishing, and direct sharing to YouTube, SoundCloud, and Facebook, and more.

Sibelius First’s standout features include:

  • Easy-to-use interface: Using Sibelius First is faster and easier than ever, thanks to a refined, task-oriented user interface that makes it possible to get great results without prior experience
  • Enter notes the way you want: Choose from scanning, transcribing, or MIDI import to quickly get your ideas into Sibelius First—now with full MusicXML interchange for transferring your music into and out of other applications
  • Exclusive Sound Library: Includes a premium sound library so you can hear your compositions played back in amazing detail on high-quality sampled instruments, and produce better quality exports
  • Full 64-bit support: Unlock the full power of your 64-bit computer, and directly address more than 4GB of RAM
  • Smart tools: no engraving or notation expertise required to get great results. Magnetic layout and dynamic parts make it easy to produce and tailor your scores to suit musicians of all kinds
  • Take your scores on the go: Sibelius First scores can be added to the score library on the Avid Scorch app (sold separately)
  • Exciting new social media and video sharing options: Users can easily export compositions as videos and publish their work to social media websites (YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook) along with traditional print, email, or audio exports

Availability and Pricing

Sibelius First software is available now for £99 GBP / €120 EURO and multi-seat 5 packs are available for £239 / €291. Current Sibelius First and Sibelius Student customers may take advantage of upgrade options for £29.99/€39.To learn more visit Sibelius online. For purchasing inquiries, please visit the Sibelius Store.

Protection Racket sign Peter Erskine

Protection Racket proudly welcomes Grammy award winning Peter Erskine to the Family. Peter is a world-renowned highly skilled session drummer in a wide and varied number of musical settings including big band, jazz-rock / fusion groups, theatre, dance, film and television.

Peter is famous for his dedication to time keeping and recognised by his refined rhythms, individual fills and powerful solos. So much so that readers of Modern Drummer have now voted Peter Jazz Drummer of the year an amazing ten times. He was a member of the jazz-fusion band, Weather Report and has worked with many famous artists including Steely Dan, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell.

Protection Racket cases provide lightweight and tough protection on the road, perfect for busy hardworking drummers like Peter. They all come with ergo dynamic grab handles, sturdy straps, strong chunky zips and soft fleecy linings. They keep your drums warm in cold weather, dry when it rains, ding & scratch free when on the move and even polish you’re drums whilst in transit!

To find out more about the Protection Racket range and their endorsees visit

Orange Music Electronic Company Ltd Awarded Third Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2012

Orange Music Electronic Company Ltd (OMEC) has been awarded, for the third time in six years, the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. The company is one of the most recognised guitar amplifier manufacturers in the world.

This great honour is made in recognition of OMEC’s outstanding achievement having grown its export sales by 90% since their last award in 2009. They now sell to over 80 countries worldwide.

In the six years since receiving its first award, OMEC has launched many new and innovative products, expanded into the computer market and celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Managing Director Damon Waller commented ‘We are especially proud to be presented with this Award in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, and we aim to continue doing what we do best, designing, building and creating new innovative products and building the  brand.

Cliff Cooper, founder and CEO, also commented, saying “It was always our dream for Orange Amplification to become a truly global company and, with factories in three Continents and a worldwide distribution network, to now receive the accolade of the Queens Award for the third time is so very special. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff around the world who with their dedication and enthusiasm have made this possible.

Posted in Amplification, Guitar, News

Invite to Special Drum Channel Live Music Event To Support The Fender Music Foundation 26th April

On April 26th, the Fender Music Foundation, is hosting its first online benefit concert “Save Music Education” in partnership with ReverbNation. The event will take place on “virtual” stages (via throughout the country on Thursday, April 26, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Proceeds to The Fender Music Foundation will support the organization’s mission to provide musical instruments to music programs in need across the United States. I am a board member and I know they do great work in getting instruments to kids who cannot afford them.

Full Press Release: is supporting the foundation by streaming a special concert at 6 pm on April 26 from our Drum Channel studio live on The evening will feature Gannin Arnold on guitar (producer, song writer member of Taylor Hawkins band Coattail Riders); Tim Landers on bass (legendary studio bass player) and an list of all-star drummers including: Terry Bozzio (Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, Frank Zappa alumni drummer), Alex Acuna (legendary studio musician), Cobus Potgieter (most viewed drummer on YouTube), along with some surprises.

Lick Library Release Jam With Joe Bonamassa

Lick Library’s Jam With Joe Bonamassa shows you how to get that unique mix of seventies hard rock and British pure electric blues rock with a double DVD set of guitar lessons.

The track lessons are by Danny Gill, former Joe Satriani pupil and teacher at MI Hollywood. Jam With Joe Bonamassa (£27.99) breaks down the classic blues-rock of Bridge To Better Days and Joe’s interpretation of the Led Zeppelin track Tea For One. Danny than takes a look at the upbeat electric rave up that is Sloe Gin, the hard rocking Story Of A Quarryman and sparklingly vibrant guitar notes of The Ballard Of Joe Henry with its zepplinesque rhythm. The last two tracks are more recent covers of Bobby Parker’s Steal Your Heart Away with a solo to make you weep and Jeff Beck’s Spanish Boots, which Joe Bonamassa has transformed with his excellent arrangement skills.

If you want to learn more about playing in the style of Joe Bonamassa, check out the Quick Licks Joe Bonamassa DVD, which is full of up-tempo blues riffs in the key of G. Both of these DVDs are available from

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

Orange Amplification Sponsor Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2012

Orange Amplification are proud to be the 2012 headline sponsor of the Metal Hammer 10th Golden God Awards. This annual celebration honouring the best bands and individuals promises to be another breath taking extravaganza of heavy metal.

The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards will take place at the prestigious IndigO2 at London’s O2 Arena on the 11th June 2012.  There will also be the traditional floating festivities rocking the HMS Hammer as it travels down the Thames. It is guaranteed to be the biggest and best metal party, with a line up of the some of the most awesome heavy rock bands in the business, recognising all the rock related achievements of the last year and celebrating legends and new blood alike.

‘Orange Amplifications sponsorship of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards’ said Damon Waller, Managing Director, ‘clearly shows that amps like the Signature #4 Jim Root Terror, Rockerverb 100 and the Dark Terror are a force to be reckoned with and a true voice of the modern metal sound.’

Not only will Orange Amplification be a main sponsor they are also sponsoring ‘The Golden God’ award, the ‘Outdoor Stage’ on HMS Hammer and will be at the Metal Hammer tent at this years Download festival.

Orange Amplification endorsees Ghost will all be playing at the Golden Gods alongside Lamb of God and Anthrax. Several Orange bands are nominated for awards including Black Spiders, TRC (Best UK Band), Skindred (Best Live band), Heights, The Defiled (Best New Band), Cancer Bats, Ghost, While She Sleeps (Breakthrough Artist) and Mastodon (Video of the Year).

You can vote for your favourite metal hero at

To find out more about the Orange gear and their artists nominated for this years awards visit

Lick Library Release Learn To Play Duane Eddy

Lick Library are always trying to bring the widest variety of music to you are delighted to announce the launch of Learn to Play Duane Eddy guitar lessons DVD.

The five tracks on Learn To Play Duane Eddy (RRP £23.99) are the instantly recognisable Ghost Riders In The Sky, Peter Gunn, a top ten hit all around the world and winner of the Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental 1986. There is also the sweet rollicking instrumental Cannonball and the atmospheric Night Train. Plus with its heavily echoed opening, a track from a period considered by many to be Eddy’s finest – Rebel Rouser, which is probably the one that he is still most often identified with.

Showing you how to duplicate the sounds of Duane Eddy is world-class guitarist Steve Trovato. He maintains a full time position in the Guitar Department at the University of Southern California and has written a number of best selling guitar tuition books. Steve walks you through step-by-step each of the five tracks on this guitar lesson DVD. The split screen enables you to see what the fretting hand is playing at the same time as showing you what the strumming hand is doing. Because it is a guitar video you can go back over any part of the lesson time and time again to ensure you get that sound just right.

Grammy award winning, American guitarist Duane Eddy has had a string of instrumental hits spanning more than four decades. He was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1994. Eddy devised early in his career a technique that involved playing lead guitar on bass strings, thus producing that characteristic low reverberant ‘twangy’ sound. This new DVD will help teach you how to play and master Duane’s unique style and sound.

To find out more about putting the ‘twang’ into your playing you can find this DVD and others guitar tuition aids at

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

Rockschool Launches Version 4 Guitar, Bass And Drum Syllabus

Tens of thousands of students every year take Rockschool exams and on the 1st May 2012, Rockschool launches the eagerly awaited new Syllabus for guitar, bass and drums. Building on the global success of its current exams, Rockschool talked to students and teachers, listened to what they had to say and used their comments as a guide to develop the all-new fourth Syllabus. The new material for the exams features Grammy award winning legendary guitarist Larry Carlton and session great percussionist Nir Z whose credits include Genesis, Chris Cornell and John Mayer to name a few!

This new Syllabus represents an accumulation of over twenty years experience in the design and delivery of graded examinations in popular music all around the world. The format of the new curriculum will be very familiar to students with a number of new features and refinements that will enhance the total learning experience.

Rockschool has recognised that performers often want to concentrate on a particular musical genre and the new Syllabus has been built to allow a high degree of flexibility in musical choice. All the supporting tests and exercises will support your musical skills enabling you to approach the performance pieces with confidence as well as providing many of the tools needed for improvisation. As you move through the grades, a greater degree of choice and specialism is available now, reflecting the realities of how musicians learn, perform and progress.

To recognise and support this choice of musical paths, Rockschool has commissioned bespoke pieces, from specialist writers that allow you to demonstrate your mastery of a particular style as you advance. In addition, great care has been taken in the recording of the grade pieces to ensure they are of album quality. The services of eminent producer Nick Davis (Genesis, XTC, Deep Purple, Bjork) were employed at Farm Studios (Genesis’ own studios). Nick’s experience and pedigree helped achieve stylistic authenticity using top session musician’s including horn sections and other instrumentation. The overall final result is commercial quality recordings that deliver the best production values and tracks to learn and play along to.

Rockschool has used top musicians to record the tracks and these include drummers Noam Lederman (Corinne Bailey Rae) and Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter, Bullet For My Valentine), guitarists Charlie Griffiths (Haken), Stuart Ryan (Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Guitarist) and bass players Henry Thomas (Paul Weller) and Dave Marks (Carl Palmer Band).  Other contributors include guitarist Kit Morgan (Curved Air), Peter Huntingdon (occasional drummer with the Who), sound designer and hip hop drum specialist, Neel Dhorajiwala who’s film credits include the smash hit Mamma Mia! Drumsense’s Colin Wollway and long-term contributor Deirdre Cartwright.

The new version 4 Syllabus represents a milestone in the development of Rockschool’s graded exams making them more accessible, more appealing and more straightforward to learn. Looking forward Rockschool can also announce they will be making the arrangements of the Debut, 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 grade tunes available digitally in due course.

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