Guitar legend Jeff Beck has held a very special masterclass at leading rock and roll college BIMM Brighton [July].
The iconic guitarist chose to visit the music college while playing Brighton on his current tour to offer invaluable advice to current guitar students and demonstrate why he was ranked 14th on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’.
Jeff’s career has spanned decades, earning him international critical praise while topping countless poles and receiving four Grammy awards. He has played with the greats including Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
With an audience of 80 BIMM guitar players in the college’s live room, Jeff talked about some of his trademark techniques, picking up an off-the-shelf signature Strat (courtesy of our mates at GAK), going straight into a BIMM Marshall DSL 50 watt head and, with no pedals, demonstrated how he achieves one of the most recognisable tones in the world. As Eric Clapton famously said: “with Jeff it’s all in his hands”.
Jamming with BIMM guitar graduates and students Luke Machin, Sandy Buglass and Ben Poole, Jeff ran through ‘Cause We Ended as Lovers’, ‘Where Were You’, and ‘Blues Deluxe’, taking turns to solo with Ben, Sandy and Luke. The boys then showcased ‘Freeway Jam’ prompting a spontaneous “that’s f**king great!” from Jeff.
BIMM director Bruce Dickinson said: “We are honoured to have such an amazing artist come into college and spend time playing with our students. I am very pleased to say that Jeff was also impressed with the quality of our students and their performances. Jeff gave the kind of tutorial that many musicians can only dream of enjoying.”
During the masterclass, Gary Moore popped into BIMM to say hello. Some of the lucky BIMM guitarists were invited to Jeff’s Brighton gig, with one very lucky student sitting next to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
Every year, BIMM arranges week-long summer schools in August for younger musicians and those unable to take up full time courses. Visit www.bimm.co.uk for details on the last few remaining places on this year’s courses.
ABOUT BIMM BRISTOL
BIMM BRISTOL opened in September 2008. Courses include professional diplomas in bass, guitar, drums, vocals and song writing, and foundation degrees with Bath Spa University (subject to validation).
BIMM BRIGHTON graduate artists have secured an unprecedented 30 top 40 singles and many successful UK top 20 albums, including The Kooks: Inside Outside, Kate Nash: Made of Bricks, and The Ordinary Boys: Brassbound.
Many more are working throughout the UK music industry within artist management, record labels, publishing and live music production. Some of the companies where BIMM students have found employment are: BBC, Colombia Records, Atlantic Records, Polydor Records, Island Records, Sony/BMG Records, Universal Music, Innocent Records, Sanctuary Publishing, Virgin Records, B-Unique Records, Warner Music, Brightside Records, One Little Indian Records, Copro Records, Brighton Music Network, Cargo, 13 Artists Agency, EMI, Music Village, Sony Music Publishing, ASCAP, Abbey Road Studios, Scream Studios, No Death Records, Dirty Dog Records, Falmer Records, South Coast Sounds, Fifth Column Management, Catskills Records, Skint Records, PSI Records, 5:15 Management, Lift Music, A7 Management & Publishing, Curlygig Promotions, Running Riot Records, Something To Listen To, Rageous Media, My Space, Kong Promotions, Lout Promotions, Barfly, Ian Neil Music Supervision, East Magazine, Juice Radio, Dan Rose Music Consultancy, Spytunes, Embargo Management, X Taster, Aspiration Films, Brighton Electric, Monster Rehearsals, The Agency, 1917Corp, Concorde 2, Melting Vinyl, Tru Thoughts Records, Great Escape Festival, Brighton Live Festival, Duff Press, Mercenary Press, Guitarist Magazine, Show Me How To Play.com, and many others throughout the UK and the world.
The Kooks famously met and formed at BIMM Brighton, along with Beth Rowley, Elliott Andrews from the Kate Nash band, Kate Walsh and Simon Goldring from The Ordinary Boys.
Numerous other students have won acclaim in the media, on radio play lists and with other forms of recognition, including John Mills who won £40,000 in the Music Week / Red Stripe Awards for his band Klaus Says Buy The Record in May 2008.
BIMM Brighton offers a range of course levels including: certificates, professional diplomas, foundation degree, BA (hons) degree and masters (work based learning). Over 1000 students study guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, vocals, song writing, live sound and tour management and the entrepreneur’s diploma in music business. Every year, BIMM arranges week-long summer schools and a one-day course – the ‘Highway to Hell Tour’, for younger musicians and those unable to take up full time courses.
BIMM Brighton launches a brand new course in September 2009 for musicians or music industry professionals wanting to teach music at FE or HE level. Visit www.bimm.co.uk for more information on the Post Graduate Certificate in Further and Higher Music Education.
Many of the college’s tutors have had successful music careers, including Jim Williams guitarist with Massive Attack/M People; Kate Cameron vocalist with Norman Cook; Mark Richardson drummer with Feeder; Vinnie Lammi drummer with Spice Girls/Supergrass/Robie Williams, Carleen Anderson, lead singer with the Brand New Heavies; and Kieron Pepper, ex live drummer for the Prodigy.