Mike Casswell

It is with great sadness that we post the news of Michael Casswell's tragic death in a swimming accident while on holiday in Spain. All of us at Licklibrary are shocked and saddened by MIke's passing, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this difficult time.

Michael was an extremely talented musician and much loved member of the Licklibrary team.

Mike started playing the guitar from the age of 11. In the mid-1980s he was signed to RCA USA as a part of a band called Heroes. From the late 1980s to the early 1990s he was signed to MCA UK with the British rock band Walk on Fire, which released an album Blind Faith in 1989. In 1992, he joined the Brian May Band for the South America tour. Mike co-wrote and co-produced Cozy Powell's last solo album Especially for You that was released from Polygram Records in 1998. From 2006 to 2008, Mike played in the West End Queen musical We Will Rock You. Since 2011, he has been regularly contributing to Guitar Interactive magazine with columns, gear reviews and interviews. In 2014, Mike released a solo album entitled Complaints about the noise.




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  • #1 (Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 21:53 by Dualbandjohnny)

    Mike I love the string bending and vibrato Dvd just bought it! I have always been a big fan of your melodic and soulful playing thanks for your hard work and excellent way of explaining things. Cheers John Bruce

  • #2 (Friday May 24, 2013 @ 11:41 by mikehowitt)

    I've always enjoyed learning from Mike's inspired guitar playing. His work on Peter Green songs and solos are the best I've ever heard.

    Many thanks Mike.

  • #3 (Thursday July 04, 2013 @ 06:32 by Michael McKenna)

    Mike, great DVD - the tune is excellent, the techniques shown are applicable for all levels. Your playing is simply fantastic and you have a unique voice to your style. Thanks.

    Could you tell us/me about that strat used in the DVD? It looks like a modified Jeff Beck artist series. I am looking to purchase a strat and it would be helpful to know what yours is. Thanks.

    Mike (mckaynj@aol.com)

  • #4 (Sunday December 15, 2013 @ 15:40 by Michael Overstreet, ATP, CFII)

  • #5 (Sunday December 15, 2013 @ 15:52 by Michael Overstreet, ATP, CFII)

    Hello Michael Caswell, the preeminent guitarist at LL...Couple things:

    1. Please, please, please do a DVD on Jeff Beck's "Truth" album...I consider this the best blues/rock of all time and was my favorite period of his playing

    2. Have you ever considered doing personal lessons like on Face Time or something similar? I know you probably don't have the time, but just sayin'.

    Last, I guess you are probably my favorite guitarist anywhere. When I took up the electric guitar again about 3 1/2 years ago, I found you on UTube, and although I don't know you, I consider you a friend. Best of everything to you sir


    Michael Overstreet

  • #6 (Monday February 17, 2014 @ 02:44 by Ray Robinson)

    Mike The Rolling Stones DVD was really great. Love your style of teaching. I learned the Honky Tonk Woman and Angie and was so surprised that I actually got it. When I first got the DVD, I watched you play those two and thought I would be very difficult to learn. I have to tell you I got them both down in no time. The Learn to play Free was the first one I got of yours and learned All Right Now note for note. There are many great instructors with Lick Library and I have learned a lot from Danny Gill and a few others, but I have to say there is something about your style of teaching that makes it easier for me to grasp. Just wish you had more blues rock stuff available.

  • #7 (Monday July 07, 2014 @ 11:44 by Allan John)

  • #8 (Sunday November 23, 2014 @ 13:59 by Patrick Moore)


    your Jeff Beck Slow Blues Quick Licks DVD is top drawer. Your playing is exquisite and , as always, you make all the ideas accessible to us lesser mortals

    Paddy Moore

  • #9 (Tuesday October 27, 2015 @ 22:47 by )

    Mike, You're the boss!

    I love your masterful string bending in your guitar tutorials.



  • #10 (Saturday January 23, 2016 @ 17:02 by Douglas Webb)

    Mike, I got so much from your Peter Green dvd, was wondering if there's a future Green what in the making. I'm about to purchase your Jeff Beck dvd, what a great sound you have, keep it up!

    Douglas Webb

  • #11 (Thursday June 30, 2016 @ 11:49 by Bertrand DUGAS)

    Michael is a very good communicator (needless to say​ an​

    awesome player) who demystifies very clearly and patiently licks and techniques what would have taken me forever to figure out by myself.. A true professional​, I really enjoy his DVD's​...

  • #12 (Thursday October 06, 2016 @ 06:36 by Stevo)

    Mike.. Thank for your help and lessons... you've made me a better player.. you'll be missed.. there must be one heck of a band up there in Heaven now.. May your spirit soar..


  • #13 (Sunday October 09, 2016 @ 12:28 by Andrey Schreyder)

    Thanks for everything, Mike!

    Russia mourns :-(

  • #14 (Tuesday October 18, 2016 @ 23:19 by )

  • #15 (Tuesday October 18, 2016 @ 23:27 by )

    Thanks Mike, goodbye.

  • #16 (Wednesday October 26, 2016 @ 20:35 by Don L)

    Michael - got introduced to your tremendous gifts through this site. Never got to meet you but I can't thank you enough for the information you've provided and for sharing your attitude and philosophy through your tutorials. I'm still in disbelief. God bless my friend!

  • #17 (Friday November 18, 2016 @ 18:46 by mike wiles)

    lick library are so lazy mike died RIP Mike

  • #18 (Thursday January 26, 2017 @ 18:49 by )

    Oh man so sad, looked at his videos really got into Mike... great lessons really... i see his bio and read about his passing. Disbelief... RIP Mike

  • #19 (Sunday February 05, 2017 @ 20:16 by Mathew Cooper)

    I just came on this website after being away for a few months and am really sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was my favorite instructor on Lick Library, and besides being an great guitarist and instructor, he came across as a really cool and witty person. RIP Mike. You will be missed.

  • #20 (Sunday June 04, 2017 @ 10:48 by ivor-honda)

    I just seen the tickets go on sale for the Mike Casswell Tribute show, and then I realised that Mike had died, which was a shock

    He always came across as a genuine nice guy and I even bought some of his stuff just because he was doing it.

    One of my memories of him from his lessons was his changing hair lengths.

    My sympathies to his friends and family.

  • #21 (Tuesday June 20, 2017 @ 15:13 by Joe Zammit)

    I was shocked and deeply saddened upon reading the news of Michael Casswell's untimely passing. I had the opportunity to discuss guitars, music and his album on Facebook . We saw eye to eye on many things and I eagerly looked forward to his tutorials, concept ideas & gear reviews. He was a humble person that put himself out there and shared his talent. I never met Michael personally, but I feel as if I lost a very good friend. It is my hope that through his legacy many generations of great musicians emerge.

  • #22 (Saturday October 07, 2017 @ 13:25 by Rudi Rodenheber)

  • #23 (Saturday October 07, 2017 @ 13:50 by Rudi Rodenheber)

    What a great loss for all who loved Mike for his great talent and I hope his family find a way to come over that great pain, we don´t will forget him, in

    grief with love...Rudi

  • #24 (Saturday October 14, 2017 @ 21:05 by John McConnell)

    Another shocked comment about Michael's death. I can't tell you how much enjoyment I received from his videos over the years. The world was a better place with him in it.

  • #25 (Monday December 11, 2017 @ 20:53 by tablick)

    not been on this site for a couple of years, was gutted to just find out of the passing of mike casswell, he was one of my favourites on here and a very talented musician , he will be sadly missed . R.I.P.

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