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Loop Pedal question
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Jauniba
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Hi everyone. Have posted a few times in the past regarding my kids and their violin lessons. My son has a third grade talent show coming up, and he VOLUNTEERED TO PLAY THE VIOLIN (milestone!). I decided to finally go to the pawn shop and pick up an amp. I have a pickup from my accoustic viola which I hooked onto his violin, and I have a RC-2 Loop pedal. (If you don't know what this is, check out "loop pedal and violin" on youtube and enjoy).

 

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I do not actually know how to use the loop pedal very well, and neither does he, but we are having a lot of fun with it. I do not fully understand how looping music works, I can read sheet music like a champ but as far as composing goes, forget it.

 

Does anyone know of any easy sheet music that could be looped that would be super cool sounding for him to play at school?? Does anyone know what I am talking about? We need the actual sheet music or it has to be a really easy piece that he could learn in about a month. He has just started suzuki book 3. I would really appreciate ANY help with this! Even if it's just in understanding how looping works. I was thinking of something along the lines of Russian Folk Song by Beethoven...Thank you in advance!!

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The first thing that comes to mind is a "round", as in row, row, row your boat.    Loop it, play the next part, repeat as desired.    Even if you don't decide to do this for the performance, it will give a feel for how loops can be built upon.

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Yeah, that much we've got. We want to do something that builds on itself and then goes from like a couple of plucks to something massive. And I guess he'd like it to be something that appeals to other 3rd graders. =)

Has anyone written sheet music for looping?? Probably not...I guess most people do this by ear.

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What a fun project!

i am just getting started with looping, and so far I don't even have a loop station, so this is just my idea.....

I think if you can find some sheet music you like arranged for 3 violins it would give you an excellent starting point. 

my idea would be something like starting out tapping out the rhythm of the melody, followed by the 2nd or 3rd part, then maybe pizz the 1st part, followed by playing the remaining parts, with the melody played last.

So far I haven't found any sheet music arranged for looping, I think you are right, seems it is done by ear or "feel".

you may have already seen Bryson Andres on you tube. His version of "soul sister" is a good example.

good luck! 

Tammy

 

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Well, you can just play chords as in arpeggios and when you get to the last note of the preferred played arpeggio you hit the loop right were you would hit the first note of it again. Then you improvise on that arpeggio or sequence of arpeggios.
This is just a very simple idea of how to get started.

As far as pieces, we have the Pachelbels Canon with "Sections" and all on a special page that I set up for practice purposes on our upcoming project.
http://fiddlerman.com/2013/03/.....p-project/
Scroll down below the section demo's to find those parts. You can loop any of them and play any of the other sections with it.
Also, you or your son can improvise on most of these sections by having an idea of how the progression is built up.
Section 3 shows you the progression exactly:
D, A, Bm, F#m, G, D, G, A
I, V, VI, III, IV, I, IV, V
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Pachelbels Canon came to mind right away but I see Fiddlerman mentioned it first.

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A common, simple use of the loop pedal I have often seen is to use it to lay down a rhythm loop and then play along with it.

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How about conker's fight? He could play it slow and then as fast as he could and then slow again. It is also cool at the end as it as pizz for the last two notes. It's a very easy and interesting piece that I think he could pick up in a week! I have the music and if you want it pm me and I could scan it and email it to you.

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this might be an interesting read:

http://christianhowes.com/2013.....icianship/

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Hey, thanks for all the replies. I have some funny news. I wrote to a guy whose website specializes in violin looping and hip hop stuff, and he wrote a simpler version of Call Me Maybe for us. It's written out like regular sheet music, and just says the letter P whenever he's supposed to push the pedal. Awesome, right? I don't have it yet, but it's in b flat and all in first position. If I can actually get him to do this, he may single handedly get half the kids interested in violin lessons at his school, don't you think??

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