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Radim Zenkl – Improving Your Solos

Sat, February 23, 2019
1:30 pm
-3:30 pm

Workshop for all melodic instruments. (mandolin, guitar, violin, banjo, ukulele, flute, clarinet, keyboard, etc.) All levels welcome!

Understanding of “what exactly makes a good solo a good solo”, covering the whole structure of improvised solos and their elements. Specific ideas and suggestions for playing better solos. Analysis of solos in major and minor keys. Common direction for most musical styles and then specific idioms and musical vocabulary for folk, bluegrass, blues and jazz. Tips for preparing your solo in one month, in 1 day and in 1 minute!

Hands on workshop, bring your instruments! 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
1:30 pm-3:30 pm