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Looper Pedals Part 2


Dennis G

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So the Looper Pedal thread got me to thinking - how do you all use them, or should I say what do you use them for? I've had a Jamman for a few years and have almost never used it. If I want to jam, I've got a bunch of jam tracks on my iPod, a Boss Micro BR80, that has backing tracks, and I can use it to loop as well.

 

I don't really create "layers" of stuff, and if I want to the BR is better suited given the editing capabilities. Also, I'm not gigging, just playing at home. So what am I missing, or aren't I? [confused]

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Mostly its just a cool way to jam on a new riff or chord progression or something.. Well that's what I usually use it for...

 

Of course there are many people who use them for live performances and if you search Youtube they have a world wide Boss Looping pedal competition...

 

Lots of cool stuff out there (this one really kicks in at about 1:55)

 

and of course useful if you have a triple neck guitar :)

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I don't think you're missing a whole lot.

I certainly wouldn't call it a "must have". Some might, I wouldn't.

 

When I first got mine I had a blast with it. It was great for laying down a chord progression then soloing over top.

Also was fun to layer stuff just for the fun of it and just because you can. But the next time you use it what you did is gone.

(on my ditto that's how it is)

 

But to be perfectly honest,, the novelty wore off.

I hardly ever play with it much anymore.

Maybe mostly because I just got together with some guys and am learning some new tunes so all my spare time is spent

practicing.

 

I would never use it for a gig for fear of having a mistake repeated over and over... lol.

 

So my 2 cents is you're not missing much.

They are fun,, but I could live without one just fine.

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I don't think you're missing a whole lot.

I certainly wouldn't call it a "must have". Some might, I wouldn't.

 

When I first got mine I had a blast with it. It was great for laying down a chord progression then soloing over top.

Also was fun to layer stuff just for the fun of it and just because you can. But the next time you use it what you did is gone.

(on my ditto that's how it is)

 

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That's why the Boss one is cool... it remembers your stuff and it even has built in beats if you want it... its a pretty cool pedal, but as you say if you regularly jam with other people, not much use since jamming with real people will always be better.. but if you are a bedroom player then they are cool toys.

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I use it a couple of different ways. First is fooling around at home when practicing - lay down the rythm track and then work on leads over it. I have used it that way recording as well, record a verse or two of the rythm while singing, and then when it comes time for the lead, you have a backing track.

 

Also used it a few times with a three piece band same as recoring use, record the rythm during the verses, and then when it's time for the lead guitar break you have a rythm track to help fill out the sound. Using it live with a band is tricky though because if you start too early or too late recording, then you will be off a beat or two at the start of the break and that's no good. A lot depends on the song, if it is a very simple two or three chord pattern that repeats over and over again it's easier, but if it is a more complex arrangement you have to be very precise.

 

Overall a useful tool. The Ditto is only about a $100 and I have certainly gotten my money's worth out of it, but it's not something that you can't live without.

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Thanks all for the replies. I'm thinking that what I have is too many toys LOL. I may just sell the jamman and use the BR for the stuff I could do on the looper. I need more practice with the recorder anyway. Again, thanks all.

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But to be perfectly honest,, the novelty wore off.

I hardly ever play with it much anymore.

Maybe mostly because I just got together with some guys and am learning some new tunes so all my spare time is spent

practicing.

 

I would never use it for a gig for fear of having a mistake repeated over and over... lol.

 

So my 2 cents is you're not missing much.

They are fun,, but I could live without one just fine.

 

This is pretty much my take. I had the Boss looper a few years ago and the beats were pretty lame. I think if you are just learning to play/solo with a groove they could be useful though. I have a Ditto now. I tried it live one night and we got just a hair off of the loop - 'twas bad. Better to let real people react to each other for sure. I did use the Ditto once to work out the solo to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" once, so it was handy for that.

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