Jon Cottle – Groove, improvisation and efects

Divided in 4 parts we’re going to talk about:

  1. Groove – Bass & Drums: As string players it may be that we don’t devote too much time to thinking about the elements of the groove, but in reality it’s just as important to study as the melodic aspects of improvising. In this first part, we will concentrate on the importance of Bass and Drums in modern music, their conventions and how we can incorporate them into what we play.
  2. Groove – Chords: Continuing on from the previous workshop, here we will look into the different roles that the chord instruments (piano, guitar etc.) play in modern music, and how these can influence how we play.
  3. Improvising without background: One of the most difficult things when starting to improvise is how to play an effective solo without the knowledge of the technical parts of doing so (scales, patterns, licks, harmony, chords etc.). In this workshop we will look at some of the basic points of improvising which will lead to playing more satisfying solos.
  4. Effects and computers: Effects and computers: Music of the 21st century is electronic! In this session we will explore the possibilities that are available to us in the use of electronic effects and computers (specifically Ableton Live), and the difference in using microphones, pickups and electric instruments.

Jon Cottle is an English Cellist, improviser, composer, arranger and educator, currently residing in Barcelona. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he has spent much of his time studying different styles of music such as Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Flamenco and Latin, amongst others. He has toured extensively in Europe, North America and Japan with the American group Clare and the Reasons, and the seminal musician Van Dyke Parks. He is a founder member of the group Free Strings, and is member of The Heritage Orchestra in London, Eclectic Color Orchestra and Cordes del Món in Barcelona. He has played in concerts and recordings with artists such as The Bays, Jon Cale, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Goldie, Manuel Fernández, Bill Frisell, Airto Moreira, The Pinker Tones, Dizzee Rascal and Spiritualized. He is teacher in the Suzuki Method, and is regularly invited to give clases in traditional and modern music in Spain and England.