Taught by Berklee guitar faculty Norman Zocher, 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 right-hand picking techniques including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for out playing—at 110 beats per minute (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 one of Boston's best composers, Zocher is a longtime Berklee guitar professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He has performed and recorded with a broad range of artists including Esperanza Spalding, John Medeski, Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, and Dave Holland, among others. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife and fellow Berklee guitar professor, Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo.
Zocher is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, was commissioned by Berklee String Department faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee and featured in Strings magazine. Zocher has been a featured performer at the International Steel Guitar Convention and is the founder of a grand unified theory of music, which details how the harmonic series is at the root of all things musical.