Radim Zenkl – Blues for All Instruments
Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, $50.00
Blues is a fascinating and remarkable musical style! ‘It breaks’ several of the traditional classical music ‘laws’ and makes it work in an exciting way! It will all be revealed at the workshop in great details and examples. Even though you may not desire to become a typical ‘Bluesman / Blueswoman’, this genre of music has so much to learn from. It is one the foundations of bluegrass, jazz and rock ‘n roll, and it has influenced many types of music, including choro and classical. The blues is also a great ‘vehicle’ to start and develop your improvising skills, which can be used later in other genres of music. Explore the variety of typical blues forms and chord progressions from simple to more advanced, ‘good chord voicings’, chord substitutions, several different grooves and strumming patterns, most commonly used scales, step by step system on how to practice improvisation, while including typical sounds and aspects of the ‘blues vocabulary’, phrasing and ornaments, creating instant blues melodies, standard songs and tunes. Specific routines for daily practicing. Printed materials will be handed out, audio recording is encouraged. Hands on workshop, bring your instruments. All levels welcome!
About Radim Zenkl
Music performer, composer and instructor. Originally from the Czech Republic, Radim resides in California since 1989. His style features bluegrass, jazz, flamenco, classical, Eastern European traditional and original music. Radim is the US Mandolin Champion and remains at the cutting edge of the mandolin’s future. 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 he has recorded nine 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, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and teaching several times at the Mandolin Symposium. He has been teaching online private lessons for the past ten years. His instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun. www.zenkl.com