Loops are a reletively new tool in the music industry. Looping pedals have captivated audiences around the world with their ability to transform one man and a guitar into a full band without lifeless pre-recorded backing tracks. With the use of a looping pedal you can lay down your own accompaniments using guitar, piano, saxophone or any other sound you wish to include.
Be your own band.
Often artists will be excited to aquire a looping station and left feeling deflated after they realise it isn’t as easy as it looks. Throwing the pedal under the bed to gather dust they soldier on with an empty sound. An empty stage does not have to mean an empty sound.
Under the guidance of master loop artist Martin Menzie you can acquire the knowledge and experience to become a competent live looper. Martin’s repertoire includes guitar, percussive guitar, live loops, saxophone, and flute. He performs solo and with several bands around Madrid.
We will cover all aspects of looping theory and of course apply that theory in a practical environment. So dig out that pedal and learn how to use it!
- What exactly is a looper pedal?
- Who can find a looper pedal useful?
- What can we achieve by using a looper pedal?
- Common problems faced when using the pedal.
- Considering and storing a personalised recording template.
- Creativity when looping.
- The evolution of looping.
- How to recover from mistakes.
- Controlling the song mix pre and post recording.
- Planning and recording concise audio.
- Creating light and shade. (use of dynamics and other effects)
- Keeping musical sense when looping.
- Effective splitting of rhythms over song sections.
- Layering vocal harmonies effectively.
- Keeping it simple.
- Effective use of built in effects. (pedal model RC300)
We will dissect some examples of popular songs arranged for the loop pedal and also each student will be taught a new song to apply the subjects covered in the class.
Some examples of what others are doing with the loop pedal:
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Workshop: Live Looping
Level: Beginner (little to no experience)
Date: 25 March 2017, Saturday
Hours: 10.00 to 14.00 (4-hours)
Location: c/Maria de Guzman, 4 (near metro Cuatro Caminos, Rios Rosas, Canal)
Price: 55€ per person
Minimum number of participants: 3
Maximum number of participants: 6
Please note: Taught in English to all English-speaking levels, at least three people needed for workshop. There are a minimum number of participants required for this workshop to take place. If the minimum of three participants is not reached, the workshop will be cancelled and your money will be refunded.
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