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Re: Crisis! Jamman for sale????

 1) take a break
 2) play with some other musicians
 3) go buy some new music,,might inspire ya
 4) dont over-analyze your situation

if none of the above works

5) sell me your jamman

dont worry it will pass,,,relax,,,and think about why you bought it in the
first place
its a phase man....

At 11:05 AM 4/1/98 -0800, you wrote:
>>   Hi friends , I`ve got a major crisis on my hands. I`m gonna come right
>>and say it:
>>I`ve begun to get doubts about looping.................and I need some
>>The thing is , when I loop it doesn`t seem to go anywhere. I always get
>>stuck in
>>the same tracks and the music sounds  like.........looping. Sometimes my
>>can feel like a limitation , rather than a new colour on my (somewhat
>>limited) canvas.
>I played a gig with Minus last night, and afterwards, I noticed that I'd
>only used the JamMan very briefly. It was not really a concsious decision
>not to loop or anything, it's just the way that the variables added up for
>this night, and it seemed that we were a bit lighter on our feet than
>usual, and it was nice to have the space that the loops usually fill. 
>not a looping band, per se, though both the guitarist and I have jamsters
>(and the drummer's pretty loopy as well), looping is just one of our bag 
>>BUT:  It worries me that what started out like a dream with endless
>>posibilities ended
>>SO QUICKLY.  I had a ball with it ,  played in different musical
>>situations and HAD FUN.
>>And now it suddenly feels so alien. Like a third arm or something.
>>Have any of you gone through something similar??  If so , how did u get
>>through it??
>When I go back over tapes of gigs just after I got the JamMan, I now 
>at how much I used it. Over time, I figured out where it was appropriate,
>where it was just a gimmick, and where it could really do something
>magical. I think that what you're going through is just your automatic
>censor kicking in. You've probably learned a lot about the techniques of
>looping by using it all the time, now subconsciously you are wanting to
>figure out the esthetics of looping. If what feels right is to play 
>effects, then do that, but whatever you do, don't get rid of the JamMan, 
>some point you'll probably come back to it with a better idea of how it
>fits your personal approach to music.
>Dave Trenkel : improv@peak.org  : www.peak.org/~improv/
>"...there will come a day when you won't have to use
>gasoline. You'd simply take a cassette and put it in
>your car, let it run. You'd have to have the proper
>type of music. Like you take two sticks, put 'em
>together, make fire. You take some notes and rub 'em
>together - dum, dum, dum, dum - fire, cosmic fire."
>                                            -Sun Ra