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Renowned Clinician Greg Koch Joins McNally Smith’s Guitar Performance Faculty

McNally Smith is pleased to announce the addition of Greg Koch to its Guitar Performance faculty. An in-demand artist, clinician and product specialist for Fender Musical Instruments, Fishman Transducers, and Wildwood Guitars, Koch is an accomplished guitarist, experienced educator and author of several best-selling Hal Leonard guitar method books and instructional DVDs. The Milwaukee, Wis. native tours with his blues-driven band nationally and internationally, and he recently released his 12th studio album, Plays Well With Others — featuring performances from fellow guitar great Robben Ford (Miles Davis, George Harrison) prolific bassist Roscoe Beck (Eric Johnson, Leonard Cohen) and drummer Dylan Koch, Greg’s 19-year-old son and a current Music Production major at McNally Smith.

“Greg Koch is an elite guitar talent and a devoted educator,” says Joe Elliott, Department Head of McNally Smith’s Guitar faculty. “Not only is he a soulful artist and a masterful technician; his gregarious personality, clever wit and infectious enthusiasm make learning fun, leading to tangible results in his pupils’ playing. Our students will benefit greatly by studying with such a passionate and engaging artist.”

Koch studied jazz guitar for four years at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His career took off after he won 1st Prize in the 1989 Bluesbreaker Guitar Showdown, judged by legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. He’s represented Fender — the world’s largest maker of electric guitars and amplifiers — since 1995. “Fans know and love his playing and his ability to absolutely slay in a variety of styles and tones,” says Guitar Player magazine’s Matt Blackett. “It’s not just the chops, which are astounding, but the feel, the groove, the swing, and the soul that draw you in and keep you there.”

Koch will apply his versatile, chameleon-like skills at McNally Smith by teaching junior level Music Interpretation courses, which closely examine influential guitarists of the last 100 years. Students take a hands-on approach in learning the nuances of these artists’ unique styles, while also exploring the cultural context of their time and how it defined their playing. Koch will also conduct several private lessons each week, and he plans to lead a student ensemble in the spring of 2015.