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Michael Casswell - A Tribute

Published 4 years ago on November 3, 2016

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

 

It is with great sadness that we have to report the news of Michael Casswell's tragic death in a swimming accident in September, while on holiday in Spain.

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It is with great sadness that we have to report the news of Michael Casswell's tragic death in a swimming accident in September, while on holiday in Spain.

Michael has been with Guitar Interactive since the beginning and had also been one of the mainstays of Lick Library, our parent company, for which he produced many superb tuition videos that have helped thousands improve their playing. Outside of our orbit, he was also a successful performing and recording artist and a noted teacher.

Trying to compile a fitting tribute was doubly difficult because Michael wasn't just a fabulous guitarist and a vital part of the magazine's team, but was also universally liked and respected by everyone who worked with him.

In the end, we decided that the best thing to do was probably what he would have wished for himself - let his guitar do most of the talking. Over the years, he had contributed countless reviews, Tech Sessions, interviews and, above all, his unique Pro Concepts column to the magazine. We've chosen a selection of performances which show that, above all, Michael was a consummate musician and a guitarist capable of playing in a multitude of styles.

Additionally we asked Stuart Bull, one of the directors of Lick Library, a guitarist himself and a regular contributor to GI, who had known Michael longer than any of us, to write his own very personal tribute.

Michael Casswell - a tribute by Stuart Bull

Trying to write these words whilst in an emotional condition is tough as I'm sure many of you will understand. The worst or best time (depending on your point of view) to write about a tragedy is while or just after it has happened. So many emotions thoughts and feelings are within you. Love, anger, frustration, and confusionthe list goes on. I tried to think of ONE word that would do him some


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