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 this workshop in great detail with 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
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. Radim’s worldwide performing and teaching credentials include guest appearances at 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. According to David Grisman: “Zenkl has re-invented the mandolin in several different ways.” He has been teaching online private lessons for the past five years, and last year launched his own school of online group mandolin classes. His first instructional DVD ‘Mandolin Primer’ was released on Homespun in November 2015.