PHOTOS: Berklee Performance Center. Guitar Department T-Shirt.
Last week I was texted by Steve Sjuggerud and Chris Buono. Both asked essentially the same thing: "Could you get me a Berklee Guitar Department T-shirt?"
Steve, of course is in Florida. Chris is at the Jersey Shore. Which means I'm the closest to Boston out of the three of us. It's not a bad drive, maybe five hours. Six, if you get trapped with the commuters in their salt-encrusted Subarus. Actually, probably closer to seven.
Still, we're talking T-shirts.
Wearing a Carhartt, down vest, with a Mono gig bag (plus camera pack) slung over my right shoulder, I'm attempting to squeeze between racks of sweatshirts and sweaters in the student bookstore. Drum Department, Flute Department, Composition Department, Analog Recording Department, Digital Recording Department...
Nice student at the register finished my question for me: "Hi! I'm looking for..."
"...Guitar Department T-shirts are on the rack over by the hats."
VIDEO: Roopam Garg lights up the harmonics on Fathom 7-string extended range guitar. Volume is rolled off to about 5 and he's playing clean into a Mesa Express.
PHOTOS: Roopam Garg, David Newsam.
Professor David Newsam teaches 6,7,8 and 10-string Classical/Jazz guitar at Berklee. David's got seriously mad skills, some of which I've captured on video, however I've been sworn to secrecy. Let's just say...there's a reason some people are chosen to teach at this elite music college. It was flippin' awesome to watch him explore Fathom's extended range capabilities for most of an hour before he had to admin student final exams.
David — thank you.
Thanks again for coming up and letting me try this beast of a machine. Absolutely amazing work that's technologically years ahead of anything I've tried. Super inspiring. (Roopam Garg)
PHOTO: Roopam and I got to reconnect, which was also awesome. We first met at 2012 Animals As Leaders Master Class in New York State. Since then, he's gone on to really develop harmonic tap technique. The video I had of him from 2012 was ruined by poor audio recording, so it's exciting to finally get a chance to showcase his formidable talent.