Clinics and Master Classes

Guitar Sessions: Funk Clinic with Jim Peterson

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jim Peterson

Guitarist Jim Peterson, an associate professor in the Guitar Department, is a versatile and creative musician. He has the ability to play multiple styles masterfully, and the list of artists who have called on his expertise includes Najee, Tavares, and Bob Moses, among others. Finally, after years of demonstrating his command of guitar, he has recently released a work of his own, a recording that is greatly enriched by the extraordinary vocal presence of Jean Peterson. 

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Free

Guitar Sessions: New Model Demonstration with Robert Godin

Tuesday / August 18, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Robert Godin

Join Robert Godin, owner and founder of the Godin Guitar Company, for an enlightening and practial master class about how guitars are crafted to achieve great acoustic sound and playability. 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. He will also showcase some of the innovative, nontraditional guitars in the Godin guitar lineup, which includes Godin, Seagull, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, and Norman guitars, among others. You will never look at guitars the same way again

Godin built his first guitars in a small shop in Montréal, Québec, Canada over forty years ago. The success of that shop eventually afforded him the opportunity to open a dedicated guitar-building facility in the village of La Patrie, Québec. Motivated by a desire to bring a reasonably priced acoustic guitar to the market—emphasizing great sound and feel rather than just shiny lookshe designed the Seagull S6. Its popularity has grown steadily ever since, and Seagull has become one of the premier acoustic guitar brands in the world.

Over the years, Godin became well known for his custom-made electric guitars as well as the necks and bodies that he was making in La Patrie under subcontract for many of America’s best guitar companies. In the late '80s, full of ideas for new guitar designs, he began crafting instruments under his own name. Godin guitars have developed a superb reputation for quality of materials and craftsmanship, but perhaps even more compelling is Godin's continuing commitment to exploring new concepts in guitar design and technology. His knowledge and passion for the craft are infectious. 

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Free

Guitar Sessions: Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic with Guy Van Duser

Monday / August 17, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Guy Van Duser

Guy Van Duser, a professor in the Guitar Department, is internationally known for his unique, imaginative, and sometimes outrageous arrangements for fingerstyle guitar. His work includes the amazing "Stars and Stripes Forever" that's acknowledged by guitarists worldwide, including Chet Atkins, as setting the bar for fingerstyle arrangements.

Van Duser has 13 albums available on Rounder, Daring, and Green Linnett Records, and is also a composer for film and public television programs (that's him, playing guitar on the Antiques Roadshow theme song). Of particular note is his development of what he terms his "stride guitar" technique, a fusion of the fingerpicking virtuosity of Atkins with the swing and stride piano styles of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and other jazz pianists of the 1930s. Simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, Van Duser has elevated the swing-style guitar from its traditional rhythmic-accompaniment role, influencing a new generation of guitarists. He has often been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered on NPR.

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Free

Guitar Sessions: Rock Clinic with Scott Tarulli

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Scott Tarulli
Guitarist Scott Tarulli, an assistant professor in the Guitar Department, records and performs with legends such as Tony Levin, Mark Egan, Steve Gadd, Jerry Marotta, and R&B legends The Temptations, among others. Aside from being a sought-after sideman and keeping busy with side projects, he has three solo albums out under his own name. 
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free

Guitar Sessions: Fusion Clinic with Colin Sapp

Wednesday / August 19, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Colin Sapp

Colin Sapp is an assistant professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music. He received his master's degree in music education from Boston University and a bachelor of music degree in performance from Berklee. Sapp has over one hundred recording credits to his name and has performed with the likes of Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling, Rakesh Chaurasia, and James Wolpert (from NBC’s The Voice). He has two recent album releases: James Wolpert's The Entire City and Choose to Find's Songs Without Words. Sapp is currently in the process of recording a quartet album of original compositions titled Infinite Out: The Human Analog

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Free

Practice Tips for Musicianship

Tuesday / July 21, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Guitarist Mitch Seidman, a professor in the Ear Training Department, will demonstrate helpful practice techniques and tips for musicianship in this master class. 

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Free

Derek Frank Clinic

Wednesday / July 8, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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1Z of 1140 Boylston Street,
Boston
MA
United States
Bassist Derek Frank

Berklee Bass Department professor Danny Morris welcomes and interviews country-pop superstar Shania Twain’s bassist, Derek Frank, in room 1Z of 1140 Boylston Street. A Los Angeles touring/session bass player, Frank is currently on the road with Twain. Before their sold-out show at Boston’s TD Garden, Frank will stop by Berklee to discuss what it takes to make a living as a working bass player in today’s ultra-competitive music scene. He will also talk about how to get (and keep) gigs, versatility, skill sets, tools of the trade, professionalism, and what is expected of a bass player on a large-scale tour. 

Clube do Choro

Wednesday / September 16, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Brazilian group Clube do Choro will present a clinic and performance of traditional and newly composed choros and folkloric Brazilian music. Their tour of the United States and their appearance at Berklee is supported by the Brazilian Consulate in Boston.

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Free

Lyle Lovett

Friday / June 26, 2015 / 10:30 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bonnie Hayes, chair of the Berklee songwriting department, will moderate a discussion so that students can get an inside look at an internationally renowned creative musical artist. Berklee thanks Lovett for taking time out of his busy touring schedule to give back to the next generation of singers and instrumentalists.  

Lyle Lovett is an American country singer-songwriter and actor. Active since 1980, he has recorded thirteen albums and released 21 singles to date, including his highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, "Cowboy Man". Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. It's Not Big It's Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at number 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. 

 

SESAC Day at Berklee Presents Cris Velasco

Monday / June 22, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Room F12, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States
Cris Velasco

SESAC Day at Berklee presents video game composing legend Cris Velasco (God of War I, II, and III; Borderlands 1 and 2, Mass Effect 2 and 3, Assassin's Creed: Dead Kings, Company of Heroes 2, Bloodborn). Cris will be interviewed by Film Scoring Department Chair George S. Clinton and Assistant Chair Alison Plante about his music and career. Erin Collins (SESAC Vice President for Film, Television & Developing Media) will also be available to answer questions about SESAC. Open to all Berklee students.

Admission: 
Free and open to Berklee students

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