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May 11, 2019 - 2:07:47 PM
1657 posts since 10/22/2007

Took a long time to pull the trigger. But started to play more solo gigs at nursing homes.
Press the pedal once, it records. Press it again, it puts an over-dub over the first track. Note, the first track determines the loop length. Press it again starts the loop, and it continuosly until double tap stops the process, and sets the loop to the start.
One could get all kinds of crazy, but i simply wanted to increase the quality of listening to a single fiddle playing solo. To me, that sounds pretty one dementional. The technique i arrived at, was to record a typical fiddle tune. A part and B part. Whatever you'd play for one round. I don't over-dub but tap past to start the loop i just made. Then i play second to the loop. As luck would have it, our typical modis operandis in a jam is to second or third as we pass the lead break around. This realy helped me to figure out what to do. I think this is gonna be fun. This box doesn't store a bunch of tunes. You have to make a fresh loop every time. The upside is it does make it appear more organic, than just playing with a recording. Also, this is not a shortcut to playing better if you don't already know how to play. In fact the timing aspect could make a good fiddler sound worse. We'll see. I'll put it to work next week.

May 13, 2019 - 8:15:25 AM
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1035 posts since 6/26/2007

Way to go, farmerjones! Loopers are amazing... You can also try adding some rhythm and chords on your low strings.

Dave

May 15, 2019 - 6:18:53 AM

1657 posts since 10/22/2007

It was a good thing my first sorti with the looper was a forgiving (wonderful) care center. I had 3 days to prep and learned alot but not enough. Timing timing timing. I'm paying for never tapping/patting my foot. And as spontaneous as my sortis are, there needs to be more preperation per tune/song that employs the looper. More later

May 15, 2019 - 8:11:34 AM
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4313 posts since 9/26/2008

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Originally posted by farmerjones

It was a good thing my first sorti with the looper was a forgiving (wonderful) care center. I had 3 days to prep and learned alot but not enough. Timing timing timing. I'm paying for never tapping/patting my foot. And as spontaneous as my sortis are, there needs to be more preperation per tune/song that employs the looper. More later


I wish I would have replied sooner, it would have saved you that public learning curve.  My looper is the Ditto 2.  It requires one to be pretty solid with the tap from the end of your recording to the beginning of the loop.  For me and my lead-the-one-style of playing, I had to stop listening and trust my timing and just get used to the weirdness of hitting a button with your foot.  I usually continue the recording, that way the leading notes (often starting on the 'and' of the 4 beat) will just bleed right into the One at the beginning of the recording.  Then I stop recording with a tap while the loop keeps going.  The Ditto will store one recording if you remember to save it.  I rarely use it anymore, but you've got me thinking I need to revisit that toy.

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