Clinics and Master Classes

German Schauss: How Get More Notes Out of Your Guitar

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss presents a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts.  

Schauss is also a composer, author, and educator. He performs and tours as the leader of his own band and with other internationally known artists. Schauss also writes music for commercials, TV, and video games, and has been named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine. The author of best selling books and videos like Shredding Bach and Shredding Paganini, Schauss also writes the popular monthly column “Instant Shredding” for Germany’s biggest guitar magazine, Gitarre & Bass.

Please visit his website for more information.

Admission: 
Free

Fast and Out: How to Achieve Guitar Speed and Get that 'Out' Sound

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

This clinic will focus on developing speed on the guitar through specific legato and picking friendly scalar approaches for the left hand, and several right hand picking techniques including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for Out playing (@110 BPM for 16th notes) and the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales, the cycle of fifths/fourths, and the Mother Chord.

Originally from Chicago, Norman Zocher is a longtime Berklee College of Music Guitar Professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He was the youngest faculty member at both schools at the time of his hiring. Zocher has performed and recorded with a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, and Esperanza Spalding. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, "Rock Ethic," commissioned by String Department Faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee, was featured in Strings magazine and had its New York premier at the New York Chamber Music Festival and its European premier at the Albert Roussel Festival in France this fall. Zocher has accomplished many firsts, including being the only person to ever perform John Coltrane’s 26.2 on pedal steel guitar. 

Admission: 
Free

Afro-Caribbean Drum Set Clinic

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Assistant Chair of the Ensemble Department, Sean Skeete, will lead a drum set clinic on Afro-Caribbean drum styles with a backing ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Song Production with iZotope's Creative Instruments

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215
izotope.com

iZotope presents an event focused around commercial composition, mixing and production—aimed at anyone writing music for radio, TV, trailers and films.

Stop by to learn about:

  • Drum programming
  • Software synthesizer editing
  • Using distortion to dirty up your sounds
Admission: 
free

Kim Plainfield Fusion Drum Set Clinic

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Faculty member Kim Plainfield will lead a Fusion Drum Set Clinic for students participating in the Berklee Percussion Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Tony Thunder Smith Rock Clinic

Monday / June 16, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Faculty member Tony "Thunder" Smith will lead a rock drum set clinic for students participating in the Berklee Percussion Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Yoga for Percussionists

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 9:30 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

Faculty member Mia Olson will lead percussion students from the Berklee Percussion Festival though a series of yoga exercises specifically designed to benefit the health of drummers and percussionists.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class Guitar Clinic with Robert Godin

Wednesday / July 9, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Robert Godin, owner and founder of the Godin Guitar Company, built his first guitars in a small shop in Montreal over 40 years ago. The success of the shop in Montreal eventually afforded him the opportunity to open a dedicated guitar building facility in the village of La Patrie, Quebec.

Motivated by a desire to bring a reasonably priced acoustic guitar to the market that emphasized great sound and feel rather than just shiny looks, Godin designed the Seagull S6. The popularity of the S6 has grown steadily since that time and Seagull has become one of the premier acoustic guitar brands in the world. Godin had also become well known for his custom-made electric guitars as well as the necks and bodies that he was making in La Patrie under sub-contract for many of America’s premier guitar companies.

In the late 1980s, full of ideas for new guitar designs, Godin began crafting instruments under his own name. Godin guitars have developed a reputation for quality of materials and craftsmanship. Godin's commitment to exploring new concepts in guitar design and technology is perhaps even more compelling.

Join Godin for an enlightening and informative Master Class about how guitars are crafted to achieve great acoustic sound and playability. You will learn the importance and impact of using different woods to achieve different sounds and tones, along with the reasoning behind different scales, neck and headstock designs —practical information you can use to evaluate your guitar and future guitar selections. Godin will also showcase some of the innovative and non-traditional guitars in the Godin guitar lineup.

Godin's knowledge and passion for the craft are infectious.  You will never look at guitars the same way again.

Admission: 
Free

Tommy Emmanuel Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. His career spans five decades and intersects with some of the finest musicians in the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered fans worldwide. His “finger style” playing uses the guitar like a pianist, with all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all parts one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try out fingerpicking the guitar as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Admission: 
Free

Damaris

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

The singer-songwriter Damaris will present a performance based on Andean and Afro-Peruvian music.

Admission: 
Free

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