Lick Library offers Rory Gallagher instructional DVD set

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-08-25)

Lick Library offers Rory Gallagher instructional DVD set

By the time he died at 47 of complications from a liver transplant, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher had been described by Jimi Hendrix as the best guitarist in the world. Gallagher also is cited by many modern guitarists, including Slash, The Edge and Joe Bonamassa, as an inspiration in their formative years. Rory was an Irish blues/rock guitarist, famed for his talent, dedication to his craft and his legendary marathon performances.

Now lick library is offering guitarists the chance to cop some of Gallagher's technique in a new DVD set, Learn to Play Rory Gallagher, with over two hours of outstanding guitar intsruction by acclaimed guitar teacher Mike Casswell. This double DVD set breaks down five classic Rory Gallagher tracks into easy to learn sections which let you learn every riff and solo note for note.

Tracks included on these guitar tuition DVDs are Do You Read Me, Secret Agent, Moonchild, Tattoo Lady and Shadow Play. Mike shares cool little tricks with you as he advises you on how to get the best touch and tone to achieve an out of phase sound similar to Rory Gallagher. Techniques covered include power chords, bending, harmonics, distortion, and how to get the same sound with different hand positions – choose the one most comfortable for you.

Mike Casswell is a world renowned player with an extensive musical history having toured with many of the greatest, played on TV ads, jingles and film soundtracks and worked on theater productions including "We Will Rock You." He is a versatile player with a wide range of influences including Rory Gallagher himself and clear easy manner as he teaches you these fabulous tracks.

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From little acorns, oak trees grow. A chance meeting on the sunny island of Lanzarote in 1990 has led to a great musical and business success story. Stuart Bull (one half of the founding team) was playing guitar to a blues backing track in a tourist bar Kim Waller (the other half of the team, and an aspiring guitarist) watched him perform and was suitably impressed. Later, Kim approached Stuart to make a backing track for his own personal use, which he did. Kim then discovered his playing improved in leaps and bounds. This gave the pair a great idea....

A mere six months after their original meeting, Kim and Stuart formed Total Accuracy. They produced full-band CD backing tracks of original blues and rock styles for guitarists to practice and improvise over. This was later expanded to include classic rock, pop and blues songs, coming complete with full guitar tablature and two versions of each song on the CD. One is complete with the guitar part - to hear what it should sound like - and one professional backing track where the guitar is missing, so you can fill it in.

Total Accuracy went on to become the world’s foremost producer of backing track driven tutorials for guitarists, winning awards and becoming the market leader in just eight short years.

“In 1998 we made a conscious decision to create our identity on the web” says Kim “the concept of a library of licks and riffs explained in a video download format seemed to be the most engaging form of tuition after private lessons with a pro”

Hence the rebranding of the company as Lick Library to identify with a library of resources for guitarists on the internet. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, becoming the benchmark by which other tutorial methods (the Licklibrary DVD catalogue), and other educational websites are measured.

“Our mission is to provide the best possible experience for musicians of all levels to learn their chosen instrument, benefit from the wisdom of world class tutors, interact with other musicians worldwide, and on a global level be able source a wide range of entertainment and resources based around streaming media, such as product demos, live gigs, and of course shopping for any educational material.

From a press release and the Lick Library website.

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