Bruce Saunders

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"I teach private lessons-for the most part to students who want to learn how to play over chord changes-improvisation classes, and Guitarmony, a class based on Bret Wilmott's great book Mel Bay's Complete Book of Harmony, Theory, and Voicings. I also teach a few classes that I developed: a Joe Henderson Ensemble, an Odd Meter class, and a Peter Bernstein/Kurt Rosenwinkel styles and analysis class."

"In my classes and private lessons I always try to point out the importance of playing with other people, as opposed to (or in addition to) locking yourself away in the practice room. There are psychological aspects of playing music with other people that one can only develop through personal musical interaction. For this reason, I try to play with students as much as I can in all my classes and especially in private lessons. There is so much we can learn about ourselves and others by playing together."

"The number one reason to study guitar at Berklee would be the faculty. Other than that, the facilities are just amazing, as are the resources like the library, and certainly the number one resource is your fellow students. I try to tell my students, 'All these talented students that you see at Berklee could at some point be planning a tour and need someone like you to complete the band. That could be your chance to play, make a little money, and (even better) make some music. You will also make more connections for more playing opportunities down the line.' But in the end the number one reason to go to Berklee is the faculty, and not merely the guitar faculty. There are many, many great teachers college-wide and I'm very proud to be a part of this group."

Career Highlights

 

  • M.M., University of North Texa
  • Appeared on recordings with Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Ben Monder, Dave Holland, Michael Cain, Bill Stewart, Kenny Werner, and many others
  • Four books published by Mel Bay Publications
  • Four recordings as leader