Jerry Donahue,Jay Stapley: Masterclasses

The Institute Presents Jay Stapley and Jerry Donahue Masterclasses

London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to present a series of masterclasses featuring two true guitar legends, Jay Stapley and Jerry Donahue. The format of these un-missable evenings will be a combined masterclass and concert, which will showcase the specialities of each of these incredible session guitarists.

British guitarist and Institute tutor Jay Stapley has a CV like few others having worked with Roger Waters, Mike Oldfield, Suede, Toyah and Scott Walker to name but a few. He will be demonstrating sounds and effects for guitarists, how to use effects pedals and the creation of classic rock lead and rhythm sounds as well as looking at high gain control using hybrid picking. 

American guitarist Jerry Donahue is a respected master of the British folk rock scene and is best known for his work with Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. He will be revealing the tricks behind his famous left hand technique and showing you his own masterful approach to string bending, giving you tips and techniques to help you explore the full potential of your guitar’s voice. 

The concert following the masterclass will feature material from both Jay and Jerry’s solo repertoires illustrating the techniques they covered earlier. Suggestions for masterclass topics and tunes for the gig are welcome. Please visit the forum at:

The first public event will take place on the 12th November 2012 at The Bedford in Balham, followed by an event on 14th November at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (exclusive for Institute students only.) This is followed on the 16th November 2012 by a public event at The Institute, Kelvedon, Essex. The show starts at 8.30pm and tickets are £10 (£9 in advance). Further dates will be announced.

These events offer rare opportunities to spend an evening with two remarkable session guitarists, in an friendly environment as they share the ‘tricks of the trade’ with you, and you learn more about the real world of the music industry. 

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