The Loop Pedal
You may have already used a loop pedal yourself. If you have, you already know how much fun it is. If not, teaching improvisation to your students is the perfect time to use loops. It’s also a great tool for your class to learn how to use and part of why guitar playing is so much fun!
How did loops make it into music? Think ostinato basslines – same concept – you just have a phrase that repeats. With a loop pedal, you have instant ostinato recordings.
A looper pedal is a machine, similar to a recording device, that records you playing your instrument and plays the track(s) back in a loop. Think about the possibilities: you can record a small chord progression, then have students try out little solo ideas. You can also layer multiple tracks and create an on-the-fly composition.
How it Works
• Connect your guitar to the input jack on the pedal
• Connect your pedal’s output jack to your amp
• Tap the pedal to start recording
• Rock out
• Tap again to stop recording
What It’ll Cost You
Which looper is right for you really depends on your unique needs. A basic looper can be found for $100-$150. But there are lots of machines with different, bells, whistles, and prices. But if your main goal is to give your students a few chord progressions to play to, it doesn’t need to be too fancy.
If you’ve got a bit more to spend, you can look into loop pedals with more bells and whistles. Multiple inputs would be a start.