Just like a raise-it-to-the-rafters gospel song, the audience’s refrain of “Wow! These kids can sing” was repeated often during the August 1 appearance of the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir at the Newport Folk Festival.
Over the past 50 or 60 years, guitar styles have changed through the influences of each new generation. And yet the basics of guitar playing—in particular, rhythm guitar parts—continue to underpin the current trends of picking, strumming, and the use of effects.
By 2025, what should Berklee become? The world around us is changing faster than ever; and over the past 10 years, music and the music industry have experienced truly disruptive change. What will it be like 10 years from now?
One of the best ways to introduce music students to the Berklee teaching methodology is to bring the classroom to them. This was the concept envisioned by Gary Burton and Larry Monroe in the Berklee on the Road education series, which is offered in various locations.
Miguel Kertsman ’86 is on the phone from his native Recife, Brazil. It’s mid September, and he is at the tail end of a vacation that reunited him with family members, but he also managed to squeeze some business into the trip.
Gregan Wortman of Anaconda, MT, is playing bass for a local rock trio after pursuing a career as a travel and history writer. He also teaches guitar, keyboard, and voice.
Ed Littman of North Haledon, NJ, owns a mastering facility and has worked on projects for New Riders of the Purple Sage and David Fiuczynski and for the labels Daptone Records and Dopebrother Records. Littman has numerous CDs available online. Visit www.edlittman.com.