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
Modal, Whole Tone, and Symmetrical Diminished Scales
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.
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.
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.