Fishman Presents Greg Koch – Friday, Dec. 1 – 8:00PM


On November 10, 2017 By admin GregKoch

Fishman Presents: Greg Koch Acoustic & Electric Guitar Products Clinic Friday, 12/1/2017 at 8:00PM at Watermelon Music’s The Melon Ball – 1970 Lake Blvd, Davis, CA.

Fishman signature artist and clinician Greg Koch will host a clinic covering Fishman acoustic amplification products and Fluence Multi-Voice pickups for electric guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the Gristleman’s unparalleled guitar playing and unique brand of humor.

WHO IS GREG KOCH? An unsung guitar hero from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up just a few miles from the Waukesha birthplace of the late, great guitarist-inventor Les Paul, Greg Koch has established himself within six-string circles as a masterful technician, accomplished clinician and general bad-ass guit-picker. No less than guitar virtuoso Steve Vai noted Koch’s six-string prowess and promptly signed him to his Favored Nations label in 2001. Tom Wheeler from Guitar Player magazine hailed him as ͞fiendishly talented͟ while other critics have called him everything from ͞a twisted guitar genius to ͞the best kept secret in the guitar firmament

In its 2001 feature story, Guitar Player magazine described Koch’s inherently pyrotechnic approach this way: ͞ An impossible stream of riffs jumps off of Koch’s fretboard like clowns spilling out of a VW bug – and when you’re convinced that there can be no more, out pops another one.͟  Born in Milwaukee in 1966, Koch got his earliest musical influences from his older brother and later became infatuated with Jimi Hendrix, who remains a profound influence to this day. After studying jazz guitar for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Koch won 1st Prize in the 1989 Bluesbreaker Guitar Showdown judged by legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. Shortly after, he formed Greg Koch and the Tone Controls, which became one of the more popular acts of the region. The band went on to win five Wisconsin Area Music Awards for Blues Artist of the Year (1993, 1995 through 1998), and Koch personally took in seven WAMA awards as Guitarist of the Year. Bringing together world-class chops and a humorous ability to articulate sounds and techniques with a genuine devotion to all things guitar, Koch has developed an exceptionally effective approach to conducting guitar clinics. His relationship with music publishing giant, the Hal Leonard Corporation, has resulted in a string of top-selling guitar method books, including ͞Guitar Clues: Operation Pentatonic,͟͞ Lead Licks,͟͞Rhythm Riffs͟ and Koch’s popular Hal Leonard instructional DVDs – two on the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan (approved by Jimmie Vaughan), one on Lynyrd Skynyrd, another celebrating revered blues stylists like Albert King, Albert Collins, Elmore James and Guitar Slim and one on his own twisted take on guitar called ͞Guitar Gristle– have revolutionized video guitar instruction with a combination of humor, effective instruction and inspiring musical performances into a package that can only be described as ͞edu-tainment.͟

In the self-penned liner notes to his 2001 recording, The Grip, Koch described his guitaristic approach as ͞Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie) at the first annual Zeppelin-Holdsworth Coffee Guzzlers Hoedown.͟  He would subsequently showcase his over-the-top chops and wicked sense of humor on 2003’s Radio Free Gristle, 2004’s 13 x 12, 2005’s 4 Days In the South and 2007’s Live on WMSE, which showcases his fiery fretboard work in the company of bassist Roscoe Beck (longtime sideman to guitarists Robben Ford and Eric Johnson), drummer Tom Brechtlein (a former member of Ford’s Blueline band and a frequent collaborator with Chick Corea) and the charismatic Austin-based soul singer Malford Milligan (formerly the frontman for Storyville and Double Trouble). Last year͛s Nation Sack had Koch teaming with Milligan and his current rhythm tandem of Good and Bennett for a collection of Koch originals (including some co-penned with Milligan) along with a cover of John Lennon’s ͞Jealous Guy.͟Koch continues to channel all the right people on his most recent collection of blues, funk and R&B, including Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Albert Collins, Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan with touches of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Danny Gatton and Richie Blackmore thrown in for good measure. And he filters all those killer infl uences through his own slightly bent prism that is tinted with grunge, gristle and good clean fun.