Why You're NOT Able to Use a Looper Pedal...

Looper pedals are excellent and should be a part of everyone's guitar practice kit. However, the sad truth is that a lot of guitar players buy them and have a terrible success rate with actually using them properly, (getting them to operate the loop function perfectly)...

Now, I can understand why this happens. It is because the functionality of a looper pedal rests upon punching in and out as perfectly as possible. And, if a guitarists' feel for timing isn't all that great, the pedal won't lie to you, it's going to relate back EXACTLY what you put into it.

But here's the good news, in this lesson, I've got a single revolutionary tip that will solve you're looper timing problems once and for all.


The looper pedal operates by a simple switch that punches your guitar part in and out of the mix that you're creating. In essence, the looper pedal is a very simple recording device and no matter which pedal you purchase the overall function of these loopers is all going to be the same.

What will vary however is the length of time that a pedal will record for, the number of foot-switches for punching in new loop segments, and how many layers you'll be able to place one over the other.

More expensive looper pedals (like the RC-300 by BOSS), will even allow data storage of your loops, and these high-end looper machines will even allow transfer of the loops (that you'll create) across to your computer, where you can use them in different ways after you download them as uncompressed .WAV files...

The Boss RC-300:

Let's get things started by creating a loop. For our demonstrations, I'll be using the "Ditto Looper" by TC Electronics. It's a very simple to use loop pedal, that's also quite inexpensive to purchase ($99.00 USD).

The Ditto Looper:

The Ditto is a single foot-switch pedal, with a single loop level control that provides a 5 min. loop limit, with unlimited overdubs. It does not allow storage, or transfer of loops and has no effects.

When it comes to creating loops (with any pedal), the biggest issue is always timing. And, the solution with this issue, is really simple, just get a metronome or a drum machine going on in the room, and play into the loop. In the video, I demonstrate this.

Now you understand how to create a loop (and get it into your loop pedal with perfect timing). The next step you can move on to is building a layer. This is easy to do, and sounds fantastic, since all you're doing is going onward with your looping process and creating a new part performed "on top of" the part that you just created.

This process is fantastic for testing ideas that you may want to try later on during the recording process, "or" this can also be a great way to just simply enhance the sound and feel of a loop that you know you'll be jamming on for awhile. Let's try adding a few layers on top of the part that we've already created in the pedal.

As you can tell, working with a looper is an excellent way to test ideas that you're practicing, and also to study soloing. Loop pedals are also great to work on building cool new ideas for eventually recording in your home studio, or maybe even using on stage... it's just a fantastic practicing tool.

I believe every guitarist needs to have a looper as a part of their home practice kit. And, once you can master the "Art of the Loop." you'll use your looper nearly every single day!

Once again; "The Art of the Loop" involves using a metronome or a drum machine dialed into a pre-set click and then you playing through the rehearsed part with a solid punch in and out. That's it!

When you've mastered this, you'll be able to establish loops that are solid, that flow through time perfectly, and that loop around 100% for layering, or for just jamming out with your favorite scales and arpeggios.

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