Kal David's Blues Guitar Workshop

Costa Rica
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Come Play Some Kick Ass Blues 


If you play guitar and love the Blues, we’d like to invite you to this exclusive and intensive week-long course in Costa Rica by the consummate Blues artist and teacher, Kal David. There will be daily classes, live performances and ample time for practice, jamming and one-on-one teaching to expand your musical horizons and expression in music’s most indelible art form, the Blues.


June 22 – 29, 2019


Vista Ballena Hotel, Uvita, Costa Rica

  • $4,300.00 – Workshop Price Single Lodging
  • $3,800.00 – Workshop Price Shared Lodging
  • $5,800.00 – Workshop Price Plus 


We aim to provide you the perfect balance of learning and leisure in one of the most bio-diverse countries on the face of the Earth – countless species make their home here – Toucans, white-face monkeys, and sloths bounce playfully along palm tree-lined beaches and the lush, tropical beauty that is Costa Rica. There is every kind of adventure tour imaginable nearby. It is a magical place to help you escape from the distractions of your day to day life so that you can relax and focus on the learning experience to expand your skills as a musician.

So that you can experience the most that this region has to offer we have selected the perfectly located Vista Ballena Hotel perched in the hills of Costa Rica’s wild southern coast. The 20 room hotel is set high among the mountainous jungles of Costa Ballena with picture perfect views from the pool with its incredible views of the the Pacific ocean and the world famous “Whale’s Tail” sandbar in the ocean below.

Classes will take place on the amazing Yoga Platform in the Hart Center at the hotel. Performances will take place on the hotel stage overlooking the bar, restaurant, infinity pool and ocean views. All meals will be served at the Mi Amore Restaurant at the hotel or you are welcome to explore the many fine restaurants in the area.

 After you experience this incredible music workshop we are sure you’ll want to explore more of what Costa Rica has to offer. We’d be happy to assist you in extending your adventure in Costa Rica.

Why Costa Rica’s Southern Zone for your Kate Rose Retreat


Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the face of the Earth and the Southern Zone, located on the southern Pacific coastline, is the most ecologically diverse region within the entire country. Countless species make their home here – Toucans perch on trees outside your window, white-face monkeys bounce playfully along palm tree-lined beaches and the lush, tropical beauty that Costa Rica is famous for is visible at every turn. It is a magical, spiritual place to help you escape from your day to day life experience.

During your free time or if you choose to extend your stay, you will have the opportunity for hiking through the dense jungle, rafting down jungle rivers, zip-lining through the forest canopy, swimming in natural waterfalls and pristine beaches, watching whales with their young, world class sport fishing you can find the greatest experiences Costa Rica has to offer right here. For such a small corner of Costa Rica, there is an amazing range of diversity – in geography, climate, history, wildlife, adventure and social life. We’d be happy to help you book any tours or adventures you might desire.





Your Days With Kal


Workshop Daily Lesson Plan

Gain speed, confidence on stage, and learn to improvise.

Not a class for beginners!

Non class time is for practice, jamming, one to one teaching or chilling at the pool or the beach, tours and adventures or just enjoying the beauty and wonder of Costa Rica.

Day One

Arrival and transport from airport. Get settled in room and on your own until dinner.

Welcome Dinner

Get to know your classmates and instructor, sample the natural bounty of fresh Costa Rican cuisine.

Day Two- classes from 10am-noon, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Comfort zone discussion- I will take you outside your comfort zone (what you normally play each time you practice) and expand it with these classes.

Time allowed to practice is… The rest of your life!

Warm-up fret board exercise- Up and down the neck using alternate picking.

T-Bone Walker- Discussion on his importance.

9th Chord exercise-song, “They Call It Stormy Monday”.


Pentatonic scale- Position 1 exercise

Cycle of 5ths- Learn to transpose to any key

Learn song, “Nothing New” (Kal David)

Instructor performance- Evening

I will perform with a local rhythm section for the students to inspire and entertain.

Day Three (Half Day Class)-class from 10am-1pm

Warm-up exercise

Continue “Stormy Monday” exercise, using dynamics

My favorite dominant 7th chord and substitution chords from this form + exercises

Exercise: song “Johnny Be Goode”(Chuck Berry)–my arrangement

You are free to explore Costa Rica or take a tour (jungle hike, eco-safari, beach, river rafting, waterfalls, ziplining, just hang by the pool and many more options.

Day Four-classes from 10am-noon, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Warm-up exercise

Review Pentatonic scale

shuffle and basic Rhythm patterns

Major scale-position 1


Review chord exercise

Hammer-ons and picking

Hammer-ons as an element of playing chords and licks

Play pentatonic scale against blues in C, Jam!

Jamming Etiquette- A discussion on “what you ultimately want to achieve at a jam session?”

Learn to relate to other players- It’s not a competition, be supportive of other players.

Elements of a jam- Call & response, repetition, the silence between notes.

Most important,… When in doubt, lay out.

Dynamics- One of the most important elements of music.

Rhythm , Melody,  Harmony, and Dynamics.

“Jamming with John Lee Hooker” story

How to comp- Bo Diddley story

Playing 4s- How to do it – (8 bars, 4 bars, 2bars)

Song, “Yonder Wall” improvise using pentatonic scales, Jam!

Day Five (Half Day Class)-class from 10am-1pm

Warm-up exercise

Review Day Four, discuss.

Major scales- Introduce position 2

Pentatonics- Introduce position 2

Use of Pentatonic scales

Blues progressions, major, minor

Play Pentatonic scale against a Cmi chord

Vamp Cmi to F, Cmi to Fmi, C7th to F7th- Jam!

You are free to explore Costa Rica or take a tour (jungle hike, eco-safari, beach, river rafting, waterfalls, ziplining, just hang by the pool and many more options.

Day Six-classes from 10am-noon, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Warm-up exercise

Review position 2 of pentatonic scale

Review position 2 of major scale

Nashville Charts– Roman numerals instead of chord symbols are easily transposed.

Memorize I, IV, and V of all keys.

Using Cycle of 5ths.

Finding relative minor key using cycle of 5ths.

Play relative minor pentatonic scale (A Pentatonic) against any major progression the key of C that has a lot of 6ths or any major progressions with Maj 7ths

Song, “Next Time You See Me” (Junior Parker) Play in 3 keys using cycle of 5ths to transpose. Jam!


Playing with Vibrato

Singing guitarists usually sing/play with similar vibrato

B.B. King-  Example of singing/playing using similar vibrato

Mike Bloomfield-hyper personality-rapid vibrato

Terry Kath-rapid vibrato

Eric Clapton-“Slowhand” slow vibrato.

Use these examples, your musical taste will dictate how you articulate them.

I use 3 types of vibrato:

Parallel Vibrato

Move your hand up and back parallel to the neck. Press hard on the string and pull it first towards the bridge and the back towards the nut. You can make a chord have vibrato with practice. Mostly a jazz thing.

Perpendicular Vibrato

B.B.’s technique:

Anchor your thumb on the back of the neck and hold down a string and rock it back and forth-not too much so as to make it sharp, but just bend it enough to detect a slight pitch change.

Bending for Vibrato

Albert King- 4 fret bends and the vibrato note- “squeezing a note”.

Another variation of this type of vibrato is bending your string before you play it. Then strike the note and let the stretch loosen so that the pitch goes down. I will explain and demonstrate in detail how these are done.

Song “Born Under A Bad Sign” by Albert King

After the afternoon class on Day 6 we will rehearse for 1-2 hrs for performance on Day 7

Day Seven-classes from 10am-noon, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Bringing It All Together

Warm-up exercise-should be perfect and getting faster by now

Improvise using major and minor pentatonic scales and major scales.

Improv secrets revealed! Using what you already know.

The Dorian mode. It’s a Major scale starting on the 2nd note of the scale.

Using this mode and pentatonic scales in your playing is very useful.


Review what we have learned. Questions.

Play Song “Who’s Been Talkin” (Howlin’ Wolf)- Jam!

Student Performance- Evening (Live Audience)

Day Eight

Departure. Transport to Airport or you can continue your stay in Costa Rica, TidesRight would be happy to help with your plans.

Adventure & Experiences


A sacred Cacao Ceremony will welcome our retreat members as a collective to connect us to each other for healing, transformation, and celebration. The ceremony creates a sacred space for the intentions of community, gratitude and the opening of the heart. Cacao, or chocolate, is a native plant of Central America with powerful medicinal and spiritual properties.

The famous Rafiki Aqua Hike is an adventure you will never forget. Explore the Savegre River and rainforest, go river rafting, enjoy amazing vistas, see colorful wildlife, swim under 120 foot waterfalls, cross a 340 foot suspension bridge, learn about Costa Rica culture, and try a delicious fire cooked meal in the jungle…all in one amazing experience!

Horseback Ride on Playa Hermosa We scheduled the ride on a day when the ocean is at low tide so you can enjoy a ride on the beach. The horses are well trained for any level of rider.

Ladies of Luna Full Moon Ceremony Ladies of Luna, We are created from the stars and as women our bodies naturally attune to the rhythm of the lunar cycles; our bodies over 60% water is greatly affected by the waxing and waning of the moon. To be in synch with ourselves means to be in synch with the moon. Ladies of Luna will be our nightly women’s groups on the beach under the moon, giving up our offerings, prayers and wishes for this new cycle that is about to begin. Ladies of Luna will finish off with a lantern release ceremony under the full moon so that we can truly let ourselves begin a brand-new chapter not just in life-but in what it means to be a woman. Morning Wellness  You can start your day with guided yoga where you will Move, Breathe and Stretch. The level of experience will be for beginners to advanced.

Surfing Lessons at Playa Ballena (this is an optional add-on or substitute if you do not want to horseback ride) Learn how to catch a wave from the locals. This beach is an easy place to learn. The locals are very friendly and helpful

Snorkel at Marino Ballena National Park (not included but optional add-on during free time) has some of the best coral reefs and fish diversity along the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Discover underwater treasures such as, sea turtles, parrotfish, butterfly fish, blue surgeonfish, and starfish at a depth that ranges from 1 to 3 meters.  Observe the land formations of Ballena Island and Tres Hermanas Islets with their abundant brown boobies and green iguanas and the world famous “Whale’s Tail” sandbar.

During you free time we can book for you other tours and adventures from dozens of choices to explore all of the beauty and experiences that Costa Rica has to offer.


We will be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for the group each day at the Mi Amore restaurant at the hotel. The open-air restaurant boasts an exquisite panoramic ocean view where you can delight in the beautiful sunsets and indulge in nature while enjoying a tropical cocktail. With an Italian edge, all food is prepared with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients that will appeal to your inner epicure. The poolside bar is situated alongside a split level pool and stage.

You are also welcome to experience other local fare at the many local restaurants in the area at your own expense.

A lavish Welcome Dinner will be prepared for the group on the first night and a festive Farewell Dinner will be served on the last night. Wine, beer and mixed drinks will be served at an additional cost.

Blues guitar workshop


If you play guitar and love the Blues, we’d like to invite you to this exclusive and intensive week-long course in Costa Rica

DATE:  June 22 – 29, 2019 Costa Rica