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Re: Teaching a newcomer

On 6/27/12 12:05 AM, kay'lon rushing wrote:

Dont think I've seen this posted before so i thought I'd ask, what are some ways to go about teaching a friend about live looping? I have a friend that wants to get into it however he has very little experience with any instrument to my knowledge. And my only experience is mainly from piano which I doubt he would want to take years to learn. What are some good approaches I can take to getting him started?

I teach people all the time, professionally and concur with Matt's advice.

Human voice is probably the quickest way to get them interested in the tools.

I just work with them on getting them to make a rhythmic loop that isn't lumpy so that they understand how important it is to begin a loop at the exact time that they start singing/playing and then truncating the loop on the next appropriate downbeat of their

This can take a while. I also wait until they have a few successes under their belt before showing
them additional features (reverse, speed shifts, replace features, etc.).

What's important I find it to get out of their way and let them make mistakes.......you can see if they are not understanding something important but it's more powerful to let them learn from their own
mistakes unless they get stuck behind a concept.