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Radim Zenkl – Ear Training Workshop

Sat, February 23, 2019
11:00 am
-1:00 pm

For all instruments and vocalists. All levels welcome!

In order to grow as a musician, it is important to develop your ability to recognize what you hear in live music sessions and recordings, and then translate that to your instrument. This workshop will teach you to correctly recognize what you hear more quickly, allowing you to interpret and respond to music with greater conviction and expression because you are more certain of the notes you are hearing, playing and singing. It builds connections between your inner hearing (or aural imagination), your voice and your instrument.

Melodic Ear Training:
– ascending and descending intervals, connecting them to the steps in major and major scales
– modes of major scale and several minor scales (their first mode)
– major and minor pentatonic scales

Harmonic Ear Training:
– major and minor chords and their extensions (such as 7, 9, 11, 13, b5 and other altered notes)
– other chords such as suspended, diminished, augmented and half-diminished
– seven chords of one key (aka the harmonized scale)
– chord progression using chords from other keys (chords such as Bb, D7 or A7 in the key of C, etc.)

This workshop will be taught using well known songs and tunes. Main emphasis will be on practical use of this skill, making you better at your playing, singing, improvising, arranging, transcribing, teaching and composing. Printed materials will be provided and audio recording is encouraged.

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.” Radim has performed or recorded duets with musicians such as David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Jerry Garcia, Rob Wasserman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, John McCutcheon and many others. 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 several times at the Mandolin Symposium. He has been teaching online private lessons for the past eight years. His instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun in November 2015.



Sat, February 23, 2019
11:00 am-1:00 pm