Workshop on Electric Guitar Pedals and Effects

Simone Massaron

A weekend completely immersed in the electric guitar and all its wonderful facets.
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Pedaltalks - The Creative Use of Pedals and Live Looping

The Workshop is aimed at all those guitarists who want to embark on a path towards a conscious and creative use of guitar effects, understanding the characteristics of each individual effect in order to make the most of its potential, and to those guitarists who do not yet own effects and want to get a correct idea of what they will need to embark on this path.

The workshop is also aimed at all composers who want to broaden their vision of the guitar instrument.


In electric guitar music, the use of sound manipulation effects, such as reverb pedals, digital modulation, distortion, granular loopers and loopers has in fact an ever increasing place in the world of music, whether classical, jazz or pop. Crossing genres, this form of sound experimentation is increasingly in demand by instrumentalists, composers and performers.

The modern guitarist is increasingly familiar with these pedals and is often well equipped, but does not always have the skills to make use of this enormous potential. Understanding effects and the possibilities they offer is an intense task that deserves to be tackled and deepened in order to arrive at a profound awareness of the sound of the electric guitar and effects that can thus provide greater creative possibilities for both players and composers.


The Workshop aims to provide guitarist participants with training to learn how to use this material in different contexts such as live performance and studio recording, composition and improvisation.

It also aims to provide interested composition students with a correct idea of the potential of instant effect pedals.


The workshop is spread over two days, from the morning of Saturday the 20th to the afternoon of Sunday the 21st. 

An analysis of different types of effects such as Fuzz, Distortors, Delays, Reverbs and other effects of more characteristic and less common use such as Granular Loopers will be made.

A significant part of the workshop will also be devoted to Live Looping.

There will also be a more technical part related to all those practical problems that occur with the use of effects: position on the pedalboard, sequence, power supply and wiring.

There will be the possibility of private lessons during the workshop (reservation required).

A concert by Simone Massaron is planned for Sunday evening.


Simone Massaron

Tireless experimenter, he plays the electric guitar and all its derivatives (fretless, baritone, lap steel), distinguishing himself by his always very personal use of the instrument and effects.
He has been using live looping techniques for more than twenty years and for his vision of the instrument he was recently chosen by saxophonist Claudio Fasoli as a member of his quartet.
He has studied with Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, David Torn and Jim Campilongo. His eclectic playing and continuous research lead him to range between jazz, radical improvisation, noise and avant-garde.
His debut album Breaking News together with Elliot Sharp was released in 2005, a debut that led him to collaborate over the years with Nels Cline, Marc Ribot and Jamaladeem Tacuma.

In 2006, rewarding his research, he received an invitation to the Fretless Guitar Festival in New York.
Among his most significant records are “Dandelions On Fire” featuring American singer Carla Bozulich and “Furore” a record dedicated to and inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name.
Simone frequently holds seminars on free improvisation, alternative use of the guitar, effects, live looping and prepared guitar. He teaches in Milan and teaches pop/rock guitar at the Conservatorio ‘Luca Marenzio’ in Brescia.

Il corso

Attendance as an actual student is €250; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 20/05/2023 and end on 21/05/2023 (total no. 2 effective days).

The course will be held in Italian. Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.


The cost of the course includes:

  1. Private individual lessons during the course (upon reservation)
  2. The possibility of attending all the lessons, talks and lectures held during the course
  3. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place. 
  4. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation
  5. Board (Saturday’s lunch and dinner, Sunday’s breakfast and lunch) and lodging on the premises 
  6. The possibility, in the days following the course, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to

The Workshop will be held in Italian


Deadline for registration is: 8 May 2023.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.


Payment details
Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica
IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700
Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass 

By the 10 May you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded. Payment of the fee, amounting to further €200, must be made by the 17 May. The accommodation fee of €XXX will be paid on site, upon arrival. Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.
In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

Board and Accommodation (included in the €250 fee)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation; if necessary, the structure is available to those who wish to stay the nights before or after the beginning and the end of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €35 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared room with bed linen and full board. Water is always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip) and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.
The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).


Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

Covid-19 regulations

CdM San Michele, in addition to taking all possible precautions and necessary equipment on site to prevent contagion and to comply with current regulations, will communicate after the registration the protocol to be followed for a course and a stay as safe as possible.