Berklee…..........loved it my first semester, then hated it my second…........ONLY becuase I was burnt out by the educational aspect of everything by that point and I just wanted to get out and PLAY. Berklee doesn’t teach you how to be on tour, or deal with clubowners, or how to get along with 4 other guys in a van, the only way you learn that is by getting out and doing it, and that’s what i did.
But I did love my time there, the environment was cool - however if you are a young male - there’s a very small female population at Berklee, so I guess that’s the only downside
I did learn a lot, theory, arranging, counterpoint, some recording basics, all stuff that still stays with me to this day.
As far as playing, it pushed me farther than I’ve ever been pushed prior to that point - jazz/independence studies, fusion, latin and afro-cuban rhythms, sight reading, the Chaffee books - once again, stuff that I still work on to this day, and teach to my own students.
Top 5 albums
way to hard to list, but here’s 5 I couldn’t do without (in no order)
Rush - Exit Stage Left
Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Mahavishnu Orchestra - inner Mounting Flame
Slayer - Reign In Blood/Anthrax- Among The Living (tie)
Metallica- Master of Puppets