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> Hi friends , I`ve got a major crisis on my hands. I`m gonna come
> 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
> the same tracks and the music sounds like.........looping. Sometimes my
> can feel like a limitation , rather than a new colour on my (somewhat
Clearly, you're just not cut out for looping. The only solution is for
you to box up your JamMan and send it to me. ;-)
Seriously, I'm frequently frustrated myself; perhaps even more so
because my only looper (Vortex) offers less than two seconds of looping.
Here are some things I do to relieve the frustration:
(a) Go to http://ott-outreach.engin.umich.edu/torn/ and listen to the
RealAudio excerpt of "each prince to his kingdom" for a reminder of how
powerful even a very short loop can be.
(b) Remember that I'm a human being first, a performer somewhat lower in
the hierarchy, and a player of a particular instrument still lower. I
have a fairly elaborate rig, but these days most of my musical energy is
going into a beatup old flattop acoustic guitar, unplugged. All the
other stuff can and will wait until I'm ready to get back to it.
(c) Remind myself that, even if I decide looping is a complete waste of
my time, _I've scratched the itch_. I don't have to wonder-- I _know_,
because I've tried it. That alone is worth the price of my Vortex/your
JamMan, even if they couldn't be resold at a handsome profit.
(d) Note that I've been playing guitar for 37 years, harmonica longer
than that, steel guitar for 25 years, synthesizers for more than ten--
and have just begun to scratch the surface of my own potential on any of
them. Why should a looper be any different? I do have the rest of my
life to try to get it right.
(e) Repeat to myself: "It's the journey, not the destination... It's
the journey, not the destination... It's the journey, not the
destination... It's the journey, not the destination... It's the
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