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Gerald Cooper

Reasons Every Guitar Student Needs a Loop Pedal

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In my opinion, this is the most vital part of learning to play guitar, figuring out how to fit your part or chords around others. For that reason, I highly recommend every new guitar student buy a looper pedal very early in their lessons, earlier than you may traditionally outfit your rig with pedals and accessories. Here are all the things adding a loop pedal to your practicing can do for you.

  • Learn to stay time and beat
  • Learn to improvise
  • Critique your own playing
  • Grow as a Songwriter
  • Skill Level and Familiarity with the ‘Loop Effect’
  • Studio Work - Another typical setting for the use of a looper pedal is in studio when recording songs.


One of the best things about this pedal is that switching between phrases suffers no latency losses. The reason why you need to decide your budget before everything else is simply because you might get a bit carried away, picking an expensive loop pedal that might not be the one you can actually even use.

For example, one of the more expensive models in this review is Boss RC 30. A beginner guitarist might feel like this is everything they ever wanted because the pedal is big, there’s a plethora of features on-board, but what happens is that they eventually get a pedal that they can’t use, or better said, they can’t utilize the features efficiently as some experience is needed.

Going back, there’s another reason why you should consider getting a more expensive looper pedal, or better yet – the reason why you should avoid cheap loop pedals. Although the ‘loop effect’ in the traditional sense works the same on every pedal, the cheapest models are simply not reliable. You’ll get constantly annoyed by static interference, feedback, casual blackouts, and such.

Another typical setting for the use of a looper pedal is in studio when recording songs. This might be the simplest of the three matters, mainly because you won’t have the pressure of performing live and we can assume that you’ll already know what kind of loops you’ll be using.

Generally, in this case as far as versatility is concerned the term ‘the more, the better’ applies perfectly. You can add as many layers as the song demands, as many effects as you feel you need, and pretty much do everything you want, so this is actually the only scenario where any looper will do. Better said, any looper you think is right is probably right.

Source Credits: musicauthority.org

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