Peckham's music is a joyful, boisterous union of rock, er, 'primitivism' and seat-of-the-pants improv.



photo by Margaret Satchell

Here's a link to a page about my recent performance with the 90-piece RTÉ National Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland.

Rick Peckham is a guitarist, clinician, teacher, composer and writer. In addition to extensive work in the US, he has led or played on tours of Ireland, Canada, Spain and Germany. He has toured and recorded as a member of Irish bassist-composer Ronan Guilfoyle’s first incarnation of his cross-cultural Lingua Franca band, and has been featured on recordings by Human Feel, Hal Crook’s Um (with John Medeski), and the George Garzone Quartet. His trio recording Left End, with drummer Jim Black and bassist Tony Scherr was named one of the best releases of 2005 by DownBeat Magazine.

Peckham has been a faculty member at Berklee College of Music since 1986, serving as Assistant Chair of the Guitar Department since 1992. He organized the college’s honorary doctoral performances for Roy Haynes, Joe Zawinul, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield. His Berklee Media works include the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques and two online courses: Guitar Chords 101 (2007 UCEA award for best online class) and Guitar Chords 201 at

In 2010, he worked as a design consultant for the guitar component of the Harmonix videogame Rockband 3. In addition to his private lesson studio at Berklee, Rick teaches a course dedicated to fingerstyle guitarist/composer Jerry Reed. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with with his wife and two teenage sons.

Rick Peckham endorses Fender Musical Instruments, Godin Guitars, D’Addario Strings, and Planet Waves accessories.


Read "A Conversation with Bill Milkowski and Rick Peckham about Left End"