Fast and Out: How to Achieve Guitar Speed and Get that 'Out' Sound

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Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

This clinic will focus on developing speed on the guitar through specific legato and picking friendly scalar approaches for the left hand, and 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 (@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, Norman Zocher is a longtime Berklee College of Music Guitar Professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He was the youngest faculty member at both schools at the time of his hiring. Zocher has performed and recorded with a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, and Esperanza Spalding. The 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 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," commissioned by String Department Faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee, was featured in Strings magazine and had its New York premier at the New York Chamber Music Festival and its European premier at the Albert Roussel Festival in France this fall. Zocher has accomplished many firsts, including being the only person to ever perform John Coltrane’s 26.2 on pedal steel guitar.