Monthly Archives: May 2012

Celebrate Ten Years Of Download with Lick Library Guitar Tuition DVDs

Lick Library can help you celebrate ten years of the Download festival with a formidable collection of shredding heaven guitar tuition DVDs. Whether you are going to see and enjoy, or simply cannot make it you can to learn to play like all your heroes.

Download Festival is leader of the pack when it comes to rock festivals and this tenth anniversary year boasts rock superstars like Metallica, Black Sabbath and Megadeth.

Check out the Metallica collection at Lick Library which includes Metallica Jamtrax, volumes one, two and three, Learn to play Metallica volumes one, two and three. You can also find Learn to play Metallica: The Solos, and Quick Licks: Kirk Hammett.

You might also like Learn to Play Black Sabbath, Jam with Back Sabbath and Black Sabbath Jamtrax. Or take a look at Learn to Play Megadeth and the Megadeth Jamtrax to complete the collection.

There are also bargains to be had with the perfect partner sets, and books showing you how to play all the Metallica, Black Sabbath and Megadeth tracks you know and love.

Email a picture of your Download 2012 ticket/wristband to and get 20% discount off selected DVDs!

You can find all of these at where you can also find stacks of other heavy metal products.

Lick Library Jam with Back Sabbath DVD Lick Library Learn to play Metallica Vol. 3 DVD

Chitarre, Drumset Magazine and Sonus Factory choose Italian scholarship winners

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, in partnership with Sonus Factory, one of Italy’s leading schools of contemporary music, is delighted to announce that Simone Pannozzo (drums) and Carlo Coronato (guitar) are the winners of the Institute’s 2012 Italian Scholarships, supported by DW drums, Yamaha guitars, Chitarre and Drumset magazines and of course Sonus Factory. These two lucky individuals will now receive a free 3-month course, plus flight and accommodation costs, at the Institute in London, a package worth over £5,000.

At the live finals, held at Sonus Factory’s Rome facilities, students first underwent a short interview and then performed to the assembled crowd comprising of fellow competitors along with their friends and families. The standards of performance was uniformly very high, but also very varied with students performing both original pieces and set repertoire, as well as improvising and more freeform soloing. The judges included faculty members from both the Institute and Sonus Factory, together with Paolo Somigli from Chitarre magazine and Alfredo Romeo from Drumset magazine.

Institute director Pete Whittard commented:  ‘The Institute gives away almost £40,000 worth of scholarships each year to talented and deserving students, but this is our first year extending the programme to Italy. It was clear from the quality of the entrants that the standard of musicianship in Italy is extremely high!

It has been a fantastic experience that we very much plan to repeat next year. We would like to thank DW and Yamaha, Chitarre and Drumset magazines, and of course Sonus Factory, our Italian education partners, for supporting the awards. We have together enabled two talented young Italian musicians to benefit from the Institute’s experienced teaching faculty, and experience first- hand a different musical culture.

For more information on the Institute’s Scholarship programmes for 2013, or for details on how to apply for a course, please contact:

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The Voice’ Star Joelle Moses Plans For The Future

‘The Voice’ star Joelle Moses is preparing for a bright future following her outstanding performances in theBBC1 show. After wowing the judges with some show-stopping performances, Joelle has finally found a little time to reflect on an incredible few weeks.

Speaking to fellow students and staff at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, where she continues to study for her Foundation Degree in Creative Musicianship, Joelle said:

“It was such a crazy, surreal experience being a part of the first ever series of The Voice UK. is from another planet, he’s such a fascinating person, working with him has been…DOPE! But it was such a great opportunity, I learned so much, the feedback was unbelievable, and this experience has made me more determined than ever to become successful.’

When she debuted on ‘The Voice’ singing ‘Rolling in the Deep’, all four judges turned around almost immediately, so impressed were they by the quality of her singing. made it clear in his feedback that he would like to work with her as an artist, and Jessie J said she would love to write a song for Joelle. Imagine receiving feedback like that from those kinds of artists!

But Joelle not only counts on a phenomenal natural talent, she has worked extremely hard over many years todevelop that talent and continues to study hard at the Institute. It’s no wonder ‘The Voice’ judge Danny O’Donoghue had this to say on the show: ‘Your control is incredible, your breathing is incredible, I would give my left arm to work with a singer like you!’

So what will Joelle do now? Well, in addition to finishing her studies at the Institute, she says:

“I’ve already started writing new songs and working with some hot producers. The response and interest since I have been on the show has beenamazing. I’ve got a lot of meetings lined up already so I’m just looking to take my career to next level, keep focused, get out there performing as much as possible and keep going with more music music music!”

So watch this space; the future is very bright indeed for Joelle, and as Sir Tom Jones said: ‘If she can do performances like this, we’re gonna be paying a lot of money to see this girl!’

You can see the footage of Joelle on ‘The Voice’ and find out more about her here:

For more information on this event or courses at the Institute, contact us directly:

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Get Inside the Innovative Mackie DL1608 With New Video Podcast Series

Subscribe to join the conversation and learn everything about this exciting new digital live sound mixer

The all-new Mackie DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control has garnered some serious attention from audio pros the world over since the unveiling earlier this year. With availability right around the corner, Mackie wants to inform and involve all the eager customers with a new DL1608 video podcast series. Podcast episodes will cover the basics, offer tips and tricks and get into advanced uses. Later episodes will be completely based around customers’ responses to an upcoming poll on Facebook and Twitter.

“We’ve re-defined the concept of live mixing with the introduction of the DL1608, which takes digital, mobile mixing to a whole new level,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Ben Olswang. “Since then, we’ve received an amazing amount of feedback from musicians, engineers and contractors wanting not only to know more, but to share their ideas. A video podcast series is the perfect platform to engage with these customers.”

Subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series through iTunes to keep up-to-date. Even better, once the DL1608 is out in the field, interested users can pull this podcast series up right on their iPad. With how-to videos planned for wireless setup, effects use and more, this video series is bound to be an extremely valuable tool for users who want help at the gig during hours when traditional technical support is simply not available.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit The videos will also be hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit to sign up.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians’ can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 will be available later this summer at dealers worldwide. For general information about the DL1608, visit

Anna Calvi selects winner of the 2012 Shure Songwriting Award, supported by BMI

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Shure Songwriting Award supported by BMI, as chosen by the Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee Anna Calvi. This innovative scholarship competition for aspiring singer-songwriters saw a record number of applicants compete for a place on the Institute’s prestigious BA in Songwriting degree course, worth £5,750.

Ten finalists were chosen through a combination of public voting and a panel of experts from the Institute’s impressive songwriting faculty. All the finalists and their videos were then presented to Anna Calvi, who has been making a notable impact in the music industry with her self-titled debut album. Anna was so impressed by the high level of the entries that she chose a winner and two runner-ups to also take partial scholarships. The winner of this year’s Shure Songwriting Award goes to Mairead Furlong, taking a full scholarship at the Institute.

Mairead now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to professionally develop her talent and skills on this fantastic course. As well as enjoyingthis great opportunity to learn, Mairead 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 the Institute’s unparalleled network of key industry professionals.

The highly successful competition is now in its fourth year of issuing places on Institute Songwriting courses. Last year successful songwriting students included Elena Tonra and Igor Haefeli – aka Daughter who are now signed to 4AD records, the home of artists such as Bon Iver, Iron & Wine and The National. 2012 promises to be a big year for Daughter with a busy summer playing various festivals across the UK and Europe.

If you are interested in applying for this competition in the future, the Shure Songwriting Award 2013 will be launched later this year; for further information visit or contact the Institute directly on:

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Rotosound Repackage Instrument Cable

British guitar and bass strings manufacturer, Rotosound has repackaged its extensive range of instrument cables, which now come in a choice of over thirty specifications.

The new packaging enhances an outstanding collection of varied and versatile high quality instrument cables, which have been engineered to Rotosound’s exacting standards. Featuring pure copper cable for superior signal transmission and audio excellence with world-class straight or angled jacks, these cables are precisely manufactured for consistency, strength and sound clarity.

The range includes a choice of lengths up to 45ft, straight or curly cables, which includes XLR, midi, patch, speakon, extension and phono leads. All cables are 100% hand inspected and finished in non-toxic PVC sleeves.

Engineered to high specifications, these cables are made tough for long lasting use both for live and studio applications. The rock solid reliability of Rotosound’s cables combined with long lasting durability make them a highly professional choice.

To find our more about the Rotosound cable range visit

Posted in Accessories, Audio, Bass, Guitar, News

Institute’s end of year showcase at renowned London venue ‘Proud Camden’

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce their End of Year Showcase event will this year be held at the renowned Proud Galleries in Camden on Tuesday 5th June.

Proud Camden is located in the 200-year-old Grade II Listed Horse Hospital in the Stables Market, Camden. Adorned by images of rock royalty throughout, the venue has been systematically designed and painstakingly restored. Proud is known for its commitment to programming the very best live music – Jessie J, Peter Doherty, Dizzee Rascal, The Kooks, Stereophonics, and Johnny Borrell have all played intimate sets there. And recent performers at the venue have included Ed Sheeran, Dirty Pretty Things, Lethal Bizzle, The Enemy, Lykke Li, Vivian Girls, Black Lips, Manchester Orchestra and I Blame Coco.

The Institute will be taking over Proud’s ‘New Bands on the Block’ for the day and evening with over 25 acts playing in the Main Room and the Terrace, from 1:00pm – 11:30pm, followed by student DJs until 1:00am. The live performances will feature students from all years, but focus on graduating BMus and Foundation Degree students. The event promises to deliver high quality original music with full band performances and acoustic chill out sets covering a wide range of styles from rock and metal, to indie and pop, to jazz, funk and neo soul.

Being located in London, at the heart of the global music community, the Institute provides students with unrivalled opportunities to perform at a wide range of gigs and showcases. Not only will this event give the students a chance to celebrate all their hardwork throughout the year, but it will also be an opportunity for them to showcase their work to the public and industry professionals invited by the Institute.

This event is open to the public and entry is free. For more information contact Proud Galleries directly or the Institute on:

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New! Blues Guitar For Absolute Beginners by Lick Library

Lick Library brings you the definitive DVD for learning blues guitar, presented by the top guitar teacher Danny Gill. This new DVD will give the essential basics to playing blues with step by step easy to understand lessons and two professionally recorded guitar jam tracks included to help you practice what you’ve learnt.

The guitar lessons on this DVD introduce you to the basic rhythm involved with playing twelve bar blues. Danny shows you with crystal clear close ups of both of his hands the essential 12 bar blues and triplet shuffle rhythm patterns, pentatonic major and minor scales, barre chords, 12 bar soloing, blues bends and other techniques to aid you in playing killer blues licks. He also talks about the importance of blues phrasing, call and response, and even when to play nothing to draw the listener in. With Danny’s thorough and easy to follow lessons you will soon be making these scales and notes come to life. Blues Guitar For Absolute Beginners (RRP £19.99).

Also in this series are Lead Guitar For Absolute Beginners and Rhythm Guitar For Absolute Beginners both by Danny Gill. Get these and hundreds of other guitar lesson DVDs online at Lick Library.

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar, News

New Q2.0 guitar and bass pickups being powered by high efficiency neodymium magnets

Twenty years after introducing the world’s first neodymium powered guitar and bass pickups, the Q-tuner company announched the forthcoming launch of the new Q2.0 silver line pickups. The neodymium Q2.0 pickups feature silver colored coils being wound using Swiss made magnet wire especially designed for ultra-high frequency applications. The wire is silver plated in a ratio of 50 gr. Ag/1 Kg. CU. A render in 3D of a transparent Q2.0 pickup has just been posted at the mainpage over at:

Posted in Accessories, Bass, Guitar, News

Orange Amplification announces support for Rock The House

Mike Weatherley MP is proud to announce Orange Amplification has come on board as the latest supporter of Rock the House, the parliamentary live music competition which supports the UK live music industry and promotes the importance of intellectual property rights.

The competition sees MPs nominate the best live musicians and music venue from their constituencies. Now in it’s second year it has become the single most participated-in Parliamentary competition with a massive 165 MPs submitting nominations – including the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Jeremy Hunt.

The finalists will be announced on 23rd May, with the live finals competition being held on 30th May in last years’ joint winner in the live music venue category, the Bedford in Balham. Winners will be invited to play a live set on the terrace of the House of Commons in the evening, which will see a full backline of Orange amps.

Commenting on the involvement of Orange Amplification Mike Weatherley MP said “We’re delighted to have Orange on board, particularly with their strong British heritage dating back to the 60s with their products being used by international music legends”

Cliff Cooper, CEO of Orange Amplification said “We are very proud to be working with Mike in supporting the Rock The House competition which is both raising the awareness of the live music industry and also providing a superb platform to showcase the best of upcoming British talent.” Orange Amplification has just been awarded for the third time in six years the Queens award for Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2012.

With no shortage of Patronage from rock stars, a vast array of priceless prizes and a finalists’ judging panel that reads as the who’s who of the music industry, it is no surprise that Rock the House has captured the imagination of MPs and musicians alike.

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