Bobby Hicks Clinic and Masterclass

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Bobby Hicks's career has spanned five decades. He was born in North Carolina in 1933. When he was 20 years old, he joined Bill Monroe's band, playing on many landmark recordings. He later spent 12 years playing shows in Las Vegas and Reno, before moving back to North Carolina and returning to his bluegrass roots.

He has earned three gold records and one platinum record and won five Grammy Awards, eight International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and three CMA Instrumental Group of the Year Awards. Hicks has toured and recorded with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Bluegrass Album Band, and the Earl Scruggs Review.

Bobby's visit to Berklee will start with an interview and clinic, after which he will work with student fiddlers and bands. This is a chance to ask questions of one the all-time great players and to get feedback and instruction on exactly how to play breaks and backup on bluegrass songs.

The masterclass will focus on:

  • The role of the fiddle when playing on bluegrass songs.
  • How to play melody-based intros and solos
  • How to effectively backup singers and other instrumentalists
  • Stylistic techniques and considerations for bluegrass fiddle 

Students from Berklee bluegrass ensembles will play, followed by as many fiddle players as time permits. Fiddlers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to play.