Scott Collins earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Multi-Focus Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts. His playing on fretted and fretless instruments, draws from a wide range of western and non-western music and he specializes in real-time composition.
Scott is a featured baglama (Turkish lute) performer on the Sony Playstation, God of War 2 video game and a soloist on the track “Come Alive” from the RedLynx Trials Evolution game. In addition to numerous live performances, he has toured in both the U.S. and Germany, performed in the world premier of composer Glenn Branca’s “Hallucination City”, the U.S. premier of Composer Tim Brady’s, “Twenty Quarter Inch Jacks” and co-composed and performed the thematically improvised score for the About Productions stage adaptation of Norman Klein’s “Bleeding Through” with Vinny Golia.
Other highlights include performances with John French (“Drumbo” of Captain Beefheart), Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, (Butoh dancer) Don McLeod, Butch Morris, Sahba Motallebi, Ulrich Krieger, Susie Allen, Mike Reagan, Melissa Kaplan (Universal Hall Pass), Jeff Kaiser, The Bentmen, One of Us, Annette Farrington, Tubtime, Sleep Chamber and many more.
As a presenter, Scott has performed and co-lead workshops on improvisation as part of the Imagniary Borders/Imaginarias Fronteras project at the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexicali, Mexico and performed/lead a workshop on “Structured Improvisation in Film Accompaniment” as part of the Cha’ak’ab Paaxil Festival at the Edificio de Artes Visuales – Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico.
Scott specializes in real-time visual scoring has accompanied a number of short silent films and longer films including – Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Broken Blossoms, Faust, The Unholy 3, Phantom of The Opera, and Page of Madness. In 2009 he and Carmina Escobar he accompanied Solu (Mia Mikela) in a live sound and visual improvisation as part of Solu’s residency at USC’s Visions and Voices series.
An active guitar teacher and musical performance coach, Scott is the author of Symmetrical Twelve-Tone Patterns for Improvisation and The GuitArchitect’s Guide: series which includes:
- The GuitArchitect’s Guide to Modes: Melodic Patterns
- The GuitArchitect’s Guide to Modes: Harmonic Combinatorics
- The GuitArchitect’s Positional Exploration
- The GuitArchitect’s Guide to Chord Scales and
- The GuitArchitect’s Guide To Symmetrical Twelve-Tone Patterns
and is currently working on additional books in the pedagogical / reference GuitArchitecture series.
Scott is endorsed by FnH Guitars. He uses D’Addario strings, Planet Waves accessories, Scuffham Amps and Line 6 gear.
In addition to his posts on GuitArchitecture, he had a lesson in the 2010 Holiday issue of Guitar Player Magazine, and has also had articles posted on Guitar Salon International, Live4Guitar and has a regular interview series on Guitar-Muse.com.
(I should also mention that there are a lot of Scott Collins’ on the internet. Most of the more prominent ones with Mp3s found with a “Scott Collins Guitar” Google search may not be me. Just sayin’….)