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Posted: October 25, 2012
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Found this old flyer

Play Like a Machine

RWP Specialist in bass guitar tuition
All styles and techniques taught

Digging through an old hard-drive yesterday and found this old flyer I made for Rors and thought I’d share it on the new website.  What’s not to like about a bass playing robot!

 



Posted: April 26, 2012
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Latest Rockschool Press Release on forthcoming New Electric Bass Guitar Syllabus

Press Release – March 2012

Rockschool Launches Version 4 Bass Syllabus

Featuring Henry Thomas and Dave Marks

 

Tens of thousands of students every year take Rockschool exams and on the 1st May 2012, Rockschool launches the eagerly awaited new Syllabus for bassists. 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 one of the worlds most respected session bass players, Henry Thomas and the highly versatile Dave Marks.

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 you mastery of a particular style as you advance. In addition, great care has been taken in the recording of the course material to ensure it is 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 the UK’s top session bass player, Henry Thomas who has worked with Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Cliff Richard and George Michael. He is also well known for his involvement in West End shows such as Evita, Les Miserables and many more. Dave Marks CV boasts work with an incredible array of artists that include Gareth Gates, Paul Carrick, Carl Palmer Band and the Thriller Live show.

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

For further information please go to www.rockschool.co.uk/2012syllabus or contact qualifications@rockschool.co.uk

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About Rockschool:

Rockschool is Europe’s No. 1 Rock Music Exam Board and offers Graded Music Exams, Diplomas and Vocational Qualifications that are practical, flexible and fun. Founded in 1991 they run qualifications for thousands of musicians in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Rockschool has been independently and fully accredited by the UK government through Ofqual, DCELLS and CCEA since 2002. Their graded qualifications are also accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland. In 2010 all its qualifications were successfully re-accredited on the QCF. Further information about Rockschool’s independent public accreditation is available here. In the UK Rockschool has over 500 exam centres and more than 4500 instrumental teachers registered. 



Posted: April 1, 2012
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New Artist Endorsement for April ’12

I have just come onboard as an Artist Endorsee with Hercules Stands.  I’ve been using their stands for a couple of years now, and cannot fault the quality of this gear – it looks great and simply has a bomb proof construction!  I’m very excited about working with Hercules in supporting this amazing product.  If you’re not using Hercules products, you’ve just got to try this gear out – they’re the best stands you’ll ever come across – trust me on this!!  Check out Hercules Stands for yourselves at www.herculesstands.co.uk


Posted: April 1, 2012
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New Artist Endorsement for April ’12

I have just come onboard as an Artist Endorsee with Awe-In-One Picks.   It’s going to be a pleasure to work with John Leong in supporting such a fantastic product.  Picks are a funny thing  where you tend to just go with what you’re given by a friend, what’s available at the time in a music shop, or even what you find on the floor after a gig!  However when I was handed an AIO pick to try, my initial thought was – ‘let’s give it a whirl as it looks kind of cool’, and that was it for me.  A pick should be like a tool that makes all the difference, that’s Awe-In-One.  So if you haven’t tried them, then you simply must!  Check out Awe-In-One Picks for yourselves at www.awe-in-one.com


Posted: March 31, 2012
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The Mansons Guitar Show – November 17th & 18th ’12

The dates have just been confirmed for the The Mansons Guitar Show.  This will be an exciting event as they’re celebrating their 20th year with many guests and manufacturers attending.  To book your ticket please contact Mansons Guitar Shop today on 01392 496379 or e-mail sales@mansons.co.uk www.mansons.co.uk/news


Posted: March 28, 2012
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The Paul Gilbert Experience in Plymouth – September 23rd ’12

I have the absolute pleasure of being Paul Gilbert’s session clinician bassist for an exclusive guitar master class, clinic and show in the UK on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012 http://www.worldclassmusic.co.uk/Home.html  Paul is one of the greatest guitarists in the world, so as you would expect, this clinic is already generating a huge amount of interest.  Keep an eye on the news page as I’m going to be very busy carrying out more clinician roles in 2012/2013.