Rock & Pop 2 Ensemble Workshop

Course Number: MUS-121GDLCredit Hours: 1

Course Description

Rock and Pop 2 Ensemble Workshop focuses on the primary repertoire, stylistic characteristics and authenticity of these styles. Artists studied include: The Police, U2, Soundgarden, No Doubt, Radiohead, and Paramore.

Ricky Z

Ricky Z, Guitarist, Composer and Producer steps out as an artist in his own right with his debut Contemporary Blues Album “The Long and Dusty Road”, featuring Bill Champlin, Lisa Kekaula (the BellRays), Walfredo Reyes Jr., Ed Roth, and Bill Lanham. He paints a landscape that encompasses the depth and scope of both traditional and modern blues with a twist of Funk & Rock ‘n Roll and a hint of Cajun. Pure and solely Ricky Z.After a rich career that has spanned from Live Shows and Touring to Recording, T.V. and Movie work, Ricky Z has worked with a myriad of stellar artists including:

Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Jessica Simpson, Lauryn Hill,  Steve Lukather, The Sweet, Vesta Williams, Don Grusin, Beto Cuevas, Orianthi, Gloria Estefan, andMichael Bublé.“It been a fantastic musical journey and I’ve been fortune to work and collaborate with some of the most talented musicians in the industry,” Ricky Z shares. And with influences such as Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, to Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher “The Long and Dusty Road” is culminating in a record that both emits Ricky’s roots and the feeling of yesterday with the sound of tomorrow.

Week 1: 

Song 1: “Can’t Stand Losing You”

Song 2: “Middle of the Road”


Week 2:

Song 1: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for”

Song 2: “Black Hole Sun”

Week 3: 

Song 1: “You Oughta Know”

Song 2: “Just a Girl”


Week 4:

Song 1: “No One Knows”

Song 2: “15 Step”


Week 5: 

Song 1: “Decode” 

Song 2: TBA

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

You will need:

  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Amp
  • Metronome (or metronome app)
  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
  • Behringer Xenyx Q502USB Mixer
  • CD/MP3 player (separate from computer)
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Video/audio recording software, such as iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device

Software Requirements: