I’m always looking for examples of musicians doing cool things with loops; people like Andrew Bird. A friend turned me on to this video by Mike Love that’s one of the best examples I’ve come across. Especially impressive is the looping that starts around 4:20. Looping is a great way to practice lots of musical skills, not least of which is your sense of time: keeping the tempo steady is crucial to a loop you can use; harmonizing with yourself (and others); multi-tasking (check out all the buttons he’s pushing while keeping the music going); and a host of other useful skills.
If you want to learn more about gadgets and gear that will help you practice, check out Chapter 33: Go Go Gadget Practice in The Practice of Practice.
Mike Love is a master of the pedals. I’ve cued up the video below to start where you can see his pedal board, only one of which is described, at 2:48. After that he talks a bit about how he got started using pedals and playing solo shows. Check out more about Mike Love on his web site.
Some of Mike Love’s Gear:
–Strymon – Bluesky Reverb
–Strymon timeline delay pedal
–Strymon – El capistan
–Maxon – Analog Delay
–TC electronic – polytune mini
–Electroharmonix – voicebox
–Electroharmonix – pog
–Digitech – Jam Man Stereo Looping Pedal
–Ernie Ball 6180 VP JR 250K Volume Pedal
–Acouswitch IQ DI
–Crybaby Wah Pedal