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Re: AW: musicianship for solo loopers? (was OT NINE INCH NAILS)

a very valid point about the difference between playing the instrument and playing the knobs so to speak.  at the recent 5 Knaves show a friend who came to hear me who has heard me in my solo fingerstyle capacity in previous years commented that she had never heard music made by turning knobs so to speak.  in reality she meant it in a positive way but in the end I think what Chris was saying was a very valid thought.
in ref to my initial mention a bout trying to avoid sitting as a performer, in the last year I've taken on the oud which has led me in recent shows to sit down as I've not figured out it's feasibililty standing so lest I appear hypocritical in my points on standing.  In theory it is my pref to stand as much as possible as I do think one looks down less.  this all said I do try to make eye contact occasionally with the audience particularly if children are present.  they've  often been my best fans.
OT now... anybody in Texas on the list and not undervalue the recent New Orleans hurricane but it seems Ike was a monster.  Hope anybody affected is getting through it.  Galveston looked pretty awful on the news this AM.  Sending the best to all who might have gone through it.  Perhaps we should try to help financially in some way  if there are members there though I'm mid stream in a campaign right now for the annual JDRF Walk for the Cure.

On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 7:46 AM, Dave Gallaher <micdave@hiwaay.net> wrote:
Excellent points--Keller's show benefits from his very agile picking,
especially on acoustic guitar, and from his offbeat sense of humor.  His
live DVD "Sight" offers onstage and off views of his personality.  At that
time, most of his loops were about two to four bars long, and while
overdubbed or muted, were rarely multiplied, windowed or altered in fashions
frequently mentioned on this list.  I saw him live in 2007, and he brought
about six guitars and a few other instruments (including a theremin) while
on the DVD, he is surrounded by a huge variety of guitars, drums, etc.

He also benefits from a full-time FOH sound man who is an unseen part of the
show, singing harmony vocals and making important switches, fades and kills,
and adding delays, modulations and reverbs to the loops and live sounds.


Keller Williams is very entertaining. He must be as he sells out
theatres every night. But he's a player and not a tweaker.
I've seen a lot of loopers who arent very good players, they just
tweak effects to try to make it interesting. Thats cool and all, but
they are at a big disadvantage (imo). There's been some recent videos
posted of players focused 110% on there pedalboard. That to me is
certain death onstage. If you are going to use effects as
instruments, they should be as natural to control as a Stratocaster.

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