Playing with a loop

okay, just to get this out of the way, the thing on the headphones that looks like a banana is flourescent colored gaff tape. I’ve basically worn this pair of ultraphones so much that the cord is coming off, and I don’t have time to get them fixed. Whew, there, I feel better.

Playing with a loop is a little different from playing with a click. Sometimes they are so grunged out, it’s hard to pick out a downbeat or a backbeat. And that’s cool, that’s what they are sometimes supposed to do, but that’s where your friend the click comes in. It really does come in handy to have a click with your loop. Sometimes you don’t need it as much. If a loop is very sharp and percussive, then cool, just play with that.

Loops can be strange as well. I’ve had people bring me loops to play to and the original piece that they took the loop from was actually a different tempo, so they just chopped it off at the bar line and looped it. So you had a loop that had a two and four that wasn’t with the click and repeated thus every bar. Ok, now play to that and make it feel good….uhhhhh.

I did put one shameless plug in the vid. Check out “Lost in this Moment” by Big and Rich. It was a number one song and there a really cool 808 kind of loop.

Anyhoo, let me know what you think of this. Also, let me know what loop devices you make loops with. I’m always curious.

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