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Seats are limited on all workshops.
Though tickets are generally available on the day of the workshop,
popular wokshops sell out before the event.

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Bluegrass Mandolin

This Week
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Radim Zenkl
email: radim@zenkl.com
We will check everybody's mandolin setup and continue with variety of topics such as flat-picking technique overview featuring four basic styles of right hand picking, two left hand positions, several chord forms organized into systems, various strumming patterns, two kinds of tremolo, cross-picking, system of developing and maintaining speed, basic scales and arpeggios, jamming etiquette and ideas for backing-up songs.

Swing Mandolin

This Week
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Radim Zenkl
email: radim@zenkl.com
The main focus of this class is on improvising over the standard swing chord progressions and playing backup rhythm. It will include: scales and arpeggios covering the whole fretboard, step by step method for practicing an improvisation, basic and advanced chord forms organized into 'good voicings', strumming patterns, sweeping technique, chord chart reading and writing, arranging a tune and ear training ideas.

About Radim Zenkl
Mandolin player, composer
and instructor. Originally from the Czech Republic, he discovered bluegrass by listening to records that were smuggled in to his communist country. The sound of a bluegrass mandolin initiated the spark that launched a decision to play music as a career at the age of seventeen and subsequently led Radim beyond bluegrass to an eclectic array of styles. He escaped from his homeland in the summer of 1989 and settled in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1992 he won the Winfield Mandolin Championship. Radim is at the cutting edge of the mandolin's future, designing new mandolin family instruments and creating new playing styles. He has invented a masterful technique, the 'Zenkl style,' in which a single mandolin sounds like two. According to David Grisman: "Zenkl has re-invented the mandolin in several different ways." Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built up an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin, mandola and Irish bouzouki. He has recorded several solo CDs (released on Acoustic Disc, Shanachie and Ventana) and has appeared on more than sixty other recordings. Radim's worldwide performing and teaching credentials include guest appearances at prestigious music institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Radim taught at the first, second and the most recent Mandolin Symposium and many other music camps.

email: radim@zenkl.com

The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy

Next Week
Sat, May 03, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Broonzy's prolific career spanned the late 1920's until his death in 1958. His guitar playing was masterful, combining a driving rhythmic approach with catchy melodies. In this class we will be playing tunes from throughout his career; early gems such as "Pig Meat Strut", and "SaturdayNight Rub" and the classic song from his later years "Hey, Hey." Participants should have some experience with Travis-style picking and be familiar with the songs of Broonzy.

Freddie King: Guitar Instrumentals!

Next Week
Sat, May 03, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Freddie King's song "Hideaway" is one of the classics of instrumental guitar. It's swinging rambunctious enthusiasm is a staple of blues guitarists today. In this class we will start out with "Hideaway" but then move on to cover some of his other great instrumentals: "The Stumble," "Sen-Sa-Shun," and more if time permits. These tunes by King provide a wealth of licks, riffs and phrases and are critical for guitarists who want to increase their blues vocabulary.

Pete Madsen has been a part of the Bay Area music scene for over 20 years. He performs regularly at venues such as the Freight and Salvage. He has recorded 3 solo CDs and written several books on guitar instruction, including :Fretmaster: Slide GuitarandFretmaster: Funk Bass and Guitarboth for Backbeat Books, as well The CAGED System for Guitar, published by Hal Leonard; andA Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar self published. He also writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar magazine on the topics of blues and ragtime guitar.


Open Tunings and Bottleneck Slide Guitar

Sat, Jun 07, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Steve James
This workshop will start with an introduction to the two most commonly used open chord tunings:"Vastopol" (ex. D-A-D-F#-A-d) and "Spanish" (ex. D-G-D-G-B-d). Along with a couple of attractive blues/roots song arrangements, this hands-on session will cover some effective, movable chord inversions, fingerpicked runs and turnarounds and the efficient use of the bottleneck slide to achieve good tone quality and accurate intonation. There will be some tab/handouts plus a concluding demo for sound recorders. (int.)

Steve James... has recorded and performed extensively, and is known for his familiarity with classic blues and country guitar styles...and the original way in which he has employed them in his own repertoire. He has created numerous print and on-line tutorials for Acoustic Guitar magazine, plus DVDs for Homespun in addition to teaching hundreds of guitar and mandolin workshops over the past few decades.


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