Great news, I will be running a cello workshop in Bonn, Germany in a few weeks and there are a few places still available, so let me know soon if you are interested in attending! We will learn beautiful Irish airs and get groovy with chopping and improvising. All levels of players; it doesn’t matter if you only played for 6 months or many years, there is something for everyone! It will be a lot of fun, a great opportunity to develop your playing in an enjoyable way and you get a chance to perform with me in the Monday night concert. If you are around in the area but not a cellist or not able to make the workshop, do come to the concert!
Here is the info, and a link to Sue Shlotte’s site, where you can book a place and find more information. Booking
19. – 21. September 2015 in Bonn
A focus on Irish music, blues and other scales, rock and roll rhythms, and cello chord voicings for accompaniment.
To give students a simple way of unlocking the mechanisms for playing the cello in popular musical styles.
By the end of the workshop, you will have a basic understanding on how to approach “nonclassical” styles of music and be inspired to play within a wider range of musical possibilities, through use of scales, chord “shapes”, rhythms, extended techniques, and improvisation.
- Learn a slow Irish air and Irish traditional tunes by ear.
- Ornamentation and variations on Irish tunes.
- The blues scale and other scales
- Improvising with modal scales over drones
- Improvising with extended techniques
- The art of accompanying
- Using drones and rhythmic techniques for accompaniment
- Introduction to chopping
- Chord voicings
- Using the cycle of 5ths
All participants will go home with information notes and sheet music from the workshop.
Even if charts are not so important these days (especially as to reach the top you usually have to pay) I was happy to see I have reached No. 2 in the Folk charts for Cork on reverbnation! If everyone goes and has a quick listen there, I may even reach number 1!
I am working on new arrangements for trad Irish tunes and will put them up for sale on playcellomusic.com soon. I'm working towards putting out my next Celtic Cello CD.
After some requests I made a tutorial of College Groves, so incase anyone wants some extra help have a look… there were sync problems as it was a trial of another system which would be easier, but no it doesn't work. I will be doing a series of tutorials, in sync, and a little clearer… so feel free to give me any feedback on the pieces you'd like for this or comments etc.
I've put the original youtube clip of College Groves here too.
Sheet music available at www.playcellomusic.com
Had a lovely few days with Laura, a cellist from Germany who came for a private workshop. We did some intensive work on Irish Airs from my book, worked on accompanying trad. tunes, a bit of improv, some contemporary extended techniques and improvisation, and of course reels, a jig, a slip jig, a polka and even a song to add to her repertoire…
It's a great way to give your playing a boost and set yourself up with new music to work on and fresh inspiration! Workshops tailored to suit your needs.
Do contact me if you are interested in doing this.
A lovely Irish country setting, cello tuition, comfy bed and delicious meals provided, and a laugh!