How do I use the Loop Pedal to improve my technique
If you just wondered how to use a loop pedal or a pedal like this could help you upgrade your sound, ability or way of playing, then you have arrived at the right place.
After a few weeks spent with my new toy I decided to write a little about Loop pedals and how the use of one of them has helped me improve (and a lot!)
My technique! But first of all let’s start with the basics:
What is a Loop Pedal?
A Loop pedal, unlike other effects pedals, is a pedal that makes no specific change in the sound produced by the guitar.
But how so? Simple. The loop pedal does not produce any effect it just repeats parts previously recorded by the guitar as the guitarist interacts with the pedal.
That is, with a Loop pedal you can record certain bases and use them later to play other parts on top, all without having to use any specific recording equipment.
Simple does not it? In very simple terms; a loop pedal is basically a recorder and player at the same time. You record a passage, you can play it right away, and you can do a new recording and combine the two parts and so on.
Because of this, the possibilities of using a Loop pedal are immense, which makes this pedal a sensational tool for any musician to have in their arsenal and use very often!
What are the types of use for a Loop pedal?
Train to evaluate your performance
Like all good musicians, we need to keep an eye on the quality of our performances. But what does it mean?
It means that we need to hear ourselves in a variety of ways, that is, beyond what we hear at the moment we are playing.
In this case the Loop pedal appears as a great option, because from the moment you stop recording and start playback you will have the option to listen to what you just played / record using the loop pedal and evaluate yourself, believe me, you will evaluate yourself / criticize much from that moment.
But remember: use everything you’ve noticed while listening to your recording to your advantage to improve as a musician. Self-criticism without action has no use at all!
Practice your solos
After doing some good recordings on your loop pedal of some cool harmonies, good bases and everything, it’s time to practice and much your skill on the solos.
In my opinion here is where the Loop pedal shines most. He is an excellent training partner to practice that solo you want to take off, improve your improvisation ability or just try to add new riffs to your vocabulary.
Another very important point of using a Loop pedal in your practice is that it, as well as practice with Backing Tracks or with a band helps and a lot of you practice your time and improve your ability more and more to take a good sound in the context of a band.
From here, every opportunity to play in a Jam session will be a time to show the results of practice with the Loop pedal. The results are fast!
If you like to compose both melodies and full songs, a Loop pedal will be one of the best tools in your arsenal. Guaranteed!
The possibility of creating a simple melody, touching it several times while you think about the next few snippets, a piece of the letter or things like that is very useful.
In addition, several of the Loop pedals available on the market today allow you to save your loops directly to a computer, as well as allow you to create basic loops on your computer and import them directly into the pedal for use in show or training situations. This makes the Loop pedal an even more useful and versatile tool!
How to practice using a Loop pedal?
To begin using the Loop pedal it is very important to keep in mind that, unlike the other common effect pedals, a Loop pedal requires a time of practice and learning before being mastered.
But do not be afraid to venture on the Loop pedal. As soon as you win the initial period of learning the real fun begins and, I can assure you, it has no end! Today I practice the Loop pedal in a very simple but extremely practical way: – First I think – often draft – a very basic melody that will be the basis of all the joke.
Remember to keep your pace as controlled as possible. An unstable time band can negatively affect your practice.
It is important to note that if you have a bass on hand you can even use it as a starting point.
If I am willing to practice my solo and improvisational skills, I can begin my practice here.
If I have any pedals that can import / export data, I can already think of exporting the database created for the computer.
This is certainly very useful for you to have more variety of tracks in your next practices. At the end of a short practice session with your Loop pedal you will have: