Clinics and Master Classes

Tommy Benedetti and Nate Edgar Clinic

Wednesday / July 27, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer Tommy Benedetti and bassist Nate Edgar from future-roots pioneers John Brown's Body present Inside the Engine Room: a reggae/dub drum 'n' bass clinic.

As the rhythm section for the critically acclaimed eight-piece U.S. reggae/dub band JOHN BROWN’S BODY, Benedetti '03 and Edgar have traveled the globe bringing a heavy, cutting-edge approach and a love for old-school Jamaican music to the masses. Their sound and chemistry form the backbone of the JBB sound. In their presentation, they will break down and perform some classic dub rhythms as well as selections from JBB's 2008 release Amplify,which debuted at #1 on the Billboard reggae chart.

When not touring with JBB, Benedetti and Edgar keep busy with a variety of sessions and gigs in and around the Boston area, most notably with Dub Apocalypse. That group, which will be performing later this evening at Cafe 939, is a collective of some of Boston's most adventurous and creative musicians. On any given night the band may include Johnny Trama (Nate Wilson Group), Timo Shanko (G Love), Dana Colley (Morphine), Jeff Lockhart (Wally's Stepchildren), or a host of others. Dub Apocalypse builds swirling, improv-heavy tunes using a mix of classic dub rhythms and originals as a springboard for their sonic journeys. They pack the house at Bull McCabe's in Union Square, Somerville, every Sunday night at their weekly residency and picked up a Boston Music Award for Best International Act of 2010.

Benedetti is endorsed by Vater drumsticks and Evans drumheads. Edgar is endorsed by Lakland basses and Aguilar amplification.

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Don Lappin: Two-Handed Technique

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Don Lappin presents a clinic entitle Two-Handed Technique.

Admission: 

German Schauss: The Total Shred Guitarist

Tuesday / July 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss will be presenting a clinic during Berklee's Five-Week Summer Program showcasing modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts.  

Shauss has written instructional articles, books and online interactive video lessons for Alfred Publications (Shredding Bach, Total Shred Guitar, Shredding Paganini) and National Guitar Workshop's WorkshopLive on modern rock guitar soloing. He also teaches guitar at Berklee College of Music, Los Angeles Music Academy, and other national and international music schools. He writes and records music with his original band and tours with many nationally and internationally known artists. Shauss is signed to Steve Vai's Favored-Nations/Digital-Nations label and is working on a new CD following his very successful The Lightspeeder release.

Additionally, he writes music for video games and commercials/TV and is author of a very popular monthly guitar column called Instant Shredding in Germany's biggest guitar magazine Gitarre & Bass. The July 2008 issue of Guitar World Magazine has listed him as one of the fastest guitarists of all time.

Visit his website, germanschauss.com, for more information.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • 3 Note Per String Scales
  • Alternate Picking
  • Outside/Inside Picking
  • String Skipping
  • Sweeping Techniques
  • Modal, Whole Tone, and Symmetrical Diminished Scales 
  • Much More!
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Harmonica Clinic with Ralph Rosen

Wednesday / June 29, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ralph Rosen will demonstrate the harmonica's versatility and a few of the different instruments within this extensive family. He will perform numerous examples, with the help of Joe Mulholland on keys, as well as play samples from the extensive collection to be found in the Media Center.

Admission: 
Free

Wellness for Musicians

Wednesday / June 22, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ever finish a practice session and feel stiff or, worse, sore? Or find yourself sluggish and low on energy just at the time in the semester when you need the most focus? Join us next Wednesday to learn how to feel and play your best.

Integrative health coach Ann Fraser will discuss stress management tips, including those related to nutrition. Then, learn massage techniques for hand and arm muscle self-care from Berklee alumna and massage therapist Cara Smith. Healthy snacks will be served.
Admission: 
Free

Berke Mckelvey: Preparing for a College Audition

Thursday / July 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ear Training associate professor Berke Mckelvey presents a clinic.

Admission: 

Mitch Seidman: Playing Guitar in a Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday / July 19, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A clinic presented by Mitch Seidman.

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Vinx Clinic: Sound Check Do's and Don'ts and Basic Microphone Technique

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A clinic presented by Vinx.

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Electronic Percussion Applications with Mario DeCiutiis

Monday / June 20, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival clinic.

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Randy Felts: "X"-Ploding Saxophone

Monday / July 18, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Using the Synthophone (all-digital saxophone), Randy Felts will present examples of the huge world of new sounds available to the contemporary saxophonist. Learn how you can use this new instrument to control sounds from MIDI sound modules, and keyboards, or from within your laptop computer. Hear your sax as a string section, a drum kit, a Take 6–type vocal ensemble, or an entire band.

This year he'll be discussing the use of Kontakt 4 and other software synths included in Komplete 7 by the company Native Instruments. He will also link his Synthophone to visual images and play them along with live audio using video software called ArKaos Video DJ.

Felts is an associate professor in the Harmony Department at Berklee and a veteran saxophonist. He is the music director for Harvey Robbins’s Royalty of Rock ‘n’ Roll concert series and the United States representative of Softwind Instruments (makers of the Synthophone.) He performs regularly in the New England area in a wide variety of settings.

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