This clinic will focus on developing speed on the guitar through specific legato and picking friendly scalar approaches for the left hand as well as several righthand picking techniques, including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for "out'' playing (@110 BPM for 16th notes) and the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques, including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales, the cycle of fifths/fourths, and the Mother Chord.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" as well as being one of "Boston's best composers,” Norman Zocher is a longtime Berklee College of Music Guitar Professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. Zocher has performed and recorded a broad range of artists including Esperanza Spalding, John Medeski, Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Moses, Paul Bley, and Dave Holland. Recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci and Joey Calderazzo. He is also a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. More information at: normanzocher.com