Improve Your Musicianship Using A Loop Pedal
Have you ever played with a looping pedal? Besides the major fun you can have with one, it can also boost your musicianship in many ways, read here about 8 of them and also 5 different cool things you can do with the loop pedal.
Guitar effects were never something I was very fond of, until a few months ago. While I was on my travels I went inside a bar with live music in Wanaka, New Zealand. Already when I walked outside the bar I heard a very full sound, like there were at least a few people rockin’ in there.
I went in and I was surprised to see only one dude sitting there with a really beautiful Fender-style electric guitar. It took me a minute to understand that all those sounds, including the percussion sounds, were coming from his ONE guitar through his guitar loop pedal.
This dude was truly a one man band with his single electric guitar.
Frankly, I was hooked since the first moment. He was playing classic rock songs (that I am a big fan of) and layering crazy fast and accurate solos on top of them, some of them with percussion as well, all from his one guitar. I decided that I want to get one myself and indeed got a loop pedal from Boss on my next music store visit.
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There are many different ways in which you can use the loop pedal and many kinds of different stuff you can do with it that we will get to in a minute.
1 – You Can Add A Guitar Solo to Any Song You Play
No more plain rhythm songs, now you can add a solo or two and spice up any song you choose to play when you are on your own. All you need is one press on the pedal to start recording a rhythm section, another one at the end of the recorded section, and then you’re good to go, improvise and work on your solos to your heart’s content.
2 – A Loop Pedal Dramatically Improves Your Playing Accuracy, Time Keeping, and Your Strive For a Perfect Technique
Nobody wants to jam to some awkward sounding loop tracks. Well, NOTHING helps you improve and see where you really are musically like an honest self-assessment through recording yourself. Suddenly all the minor fuck ups and out-of-time strums are blasting in your face through the amp.
This one has been probably the biggest benefit for me and it really did took my guitar skills up a notch just thanks to the pedal.
3 – Practicing Has Never Been This Fun
With all these new options, every practice sesh becomes much more interesting and you feel like there’s an extra guitarist with you who’s just waiting for your orders on what to do and how he can help you.
4 – You Will Have Your Own Custom Jam Tracks
No more need for iPhone apps or anything like this, record whatever style you want to jam to in seconds and start going at it, whether it’s reggae, rock, blues, or a classical piece that you want to go crazy with. Press the pedal, play a couple of bars, and boom, you have an instant jam track!
5 – If You Play Multiple Instruments…
Then a loop pedal will be your new best friend. Record a song and decorate it with a trumpet solo, a flute solo, some jazzy piano touches… All played by you! Your options are unbelievably wide and you become a full-time song producer in a minute, conducting unique song structures and instrumental choices all by yourself.
6 – You Can Be Your Own Drummer
Yes! That’s not a typo…. See this video for a perfect example of what I am talking about. Every loop pedal lets you record multiple tracks on top of each other, so once you recorded 4 bars, also record a percussion track for it. How? Drum on the guitar or blow a beat box rhythm! It sounds awesome, gives you a rhythm to follow and even help you work on your time keeping skills.
7 – A Guitar Loop Pedal Helps Ease Your Songwriting Flow
Struggling to spill some words out? Just record a 4 chord or a blues track, sit back, relax, and let the words come out while you are focused 100% on the words and not on the actual playing. It is way easier.
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