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wayward
09-10-2014, 08:45 AM
I recently confessed on Facebook that I don't enjoy listening to live looping - I seemed to be totally alone on this one :anyone: So, convince me folks - which live looping ukulele artists do you enjoy? (links and videos welcome).

UkeKnowDamnRight
09-10-2014, 09:43 AM
What is live looping?

WCBarnes
09-10-2014, 09:58 AM
What is live looping?

Glad I'm not the only one with that question...

strumsilly
09-10-2014, 10:07 AM
What is live looping?
It's when you use a looper at a LIVE performance. you could lay down a track[loop], then play over it, then add another layer, etc. I have one and use it to practice.

Jon Moody
09-10-2014, 10:08 AM
Live looping is when you run your instrument (in this case, a ukulele) through a looper, which is a unit (usually in effect pedal format) that will allow you to record a phrase and then loop it - ad nauseum - when you are done. This allows you to record multiple parts of a song and have a thicker sounding arrangement than just playing by yourself.

As the OP mentioned, live looping is a love/hate thing. The biggest thing that I've found (and I've written a number of solo bass pieces that rely on looping) is that it's all in the arrangement. People that do live looping well make it sound effortless and have it add to the overall sound and feel of a song. People that aren't that skilled in it usually end up with heavy arrangements that sound muddy and take too long getting everything built up.

wayward
09-10-2014, 10:15 AM
"The biggest thing that I've found is that it's all in the arrangement." That's what I figured One Bad Monkey - I'm looking for examples of those better arrangements to see whether or not I can learn to love it. The examples I've heard take ages to get started and are very very repetitive very very repetitive...

vanflynn
09-10-2014, 10:15 AM
Here's a great example


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uug6jU75L0

Wicked
09-10-2014, 10:39 AM
When done well, the setup should just sound like part of the arrangement - rather than a minute and a half of "housekeeping."

Let me see if I can find some good examples....

costaricadave
09-10-2014, 10:40 AM
Brittni has this down!

Jon Moody
09-10-2014, 10:44 AM
Here's a great example

I was watching that the other day; definitely a good one. Each part you can hear clearly, and she didn't take that long to break into the melody.

On contrast, this one I find misses the mark. As I mentioned in the arrangement, this one starts to lose the clarity of the individual loops and I found myself getting bored with just watching him build the loop up. It's definitely a "less is more" environment.


http://youtu.be/7tiy3BLlcYM

1300cc
09-10-2014, 10:52 AM
And i just bought the ditto looper

ericchico
09-10-2014, 10:53 AM
not on the Uke but one of my favorite looping songs

http://youtu.be/pdu_IWxSSk4

wayward
09-10-2014, 11:07 AM
And i just bought the ditto looper

Haha don't take any notice of my opinion - as far as I can make out I'm in a minority of 1 on this & even I admire some of these loopers; I just don't enjoy them that much. When the original track continues in the same way from beginning to end it starts to irritate me. I think it might partly be lack of visual interest in the performance, though, because I almost liked the KT Tunstall vid all the way through.:smileybounce:

ericchico
09-10-2014, 11:41 AM
I heard that Kt Tunstall song on the radio for days and I honestly did not like it until I watched her play it all by herself and I was impressed. Another girl who loops in her music but with her voice is Kimbra. She does the female vocal in the Goatye song Somebody That I Used To Know. Her range is incredible, to me at least. Looping is not for everyone but in the right hands it can be done very well. Heres Kimbra I know this is not a Uke thing but this girl is alright.

http://youtu.be/1HGm_jxOdts

slackkey007
09-10-2014, 12:27 PM
Here's bruddah Kalei (Gamiao): Click on the "Watch on Vimeo" button to watch the video.


http://vimeo.com/60341298

Aldrine Guerrero
09-10-2014, 12:56 PM
Not much uke artists come to mind but I'd love to see someone pull off looping as seamlessly as Ed Sheeran does. This tune has a great loop and then he does another loop mid song. Crazy. I can only wish to be half this good


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV0TJZ7Kp40

Steveperrywriter
09-10-2014, 01:07 PM
Jake does it pretty well in his live show ...

Wicked
09-10-2014, 01:36 PM
Not much uke artists come to mind but I'd love to see someone pull off looping as seamlessly as Ed Sheeran does. This tune has a great loop and then he does another loop mid song. Crazy. I can only wish to be half this good

That is impressive. Without a doubt.

peanuts56
09-10-2014, 01:53 PM
www.youtube/watch?v=ZxODzxY6AvI
Not ukulele but an impressive display of looping and musicianship. Trombonist Christopher Bill covers Pharrel Williams composition, Happy.
I have heard Brittani loop at Roy Sakuma's Festival in 2013. Also have heard Jake loop a few times.

peanuts56
09-10-2014, 01:58 PM
The link I listed does not seem to be working for Christopher Bill's cover of Happy on Trombone. Go to youtube and look for it there. It's really well done,

Ukejenny
09-10-2014, 02:01 PM
Good live looping is nice, as long as it doesn't last too long. The Jr. High band director in me keeps thinking of a round for some reason...if the same loop goes on for too long.

Kmcmichael
09-10-2014, 02:09 PM
One does not have to make a big production out of it. If you are doing a solo act, you can simply record the chords when you are singing the chorus and play lead over it.

KoaDependent
09-10-2014, 02:30 PM
Victoria Vox makes nice use of a looper in her live shows.

Here's one where she's using the looper on her voice to add in harmony at the chorus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYRH-ogGuTY

VampireWeekday
09-10-2014, 05:36 PM
I saw Kalei Gamiao play this live, it was fantastic.

http://youtu.be/b5zuxnr-rJQ

Brad Bordessa
09-10-2014, 06:22 PM
I'm sort of one of the haters because it's so *play*.......*wait for it to go around while bobbing your head*.... *overdub*.....[repeat], but I appreciate looping when done well. Mike plays 'ukulele, although this is a guitar piece. Hope he does a uke version someday! Complete magic.


http://youtu.be/fU7hZ3smj0g

wayward
09-11-2014, 04:31 AM
Thank you for taking up my challenge, you :rock:: I now know that there are some examples of looping that irritate me, others that I admire, and a select but amazing few that I don't just enjoy - I love them! I admired and enjoyed most of those you've posted in this thread, but it was the Ed Sheeran :bowdown: and the Kalei Gamiao :worship: recordings which blew me away. Ed Sheeran's lyrics and vocal performance, and Kalei Gamiao's playing are exciting enough on their own, but I think the looping adds a whole other dimension to those tracks. I'm going to go listen to them again now - in fact I might just put them on a loop! :cheers:

Edgeguy
09-11-2014, 02:16 PM
Brittni's song is just amazing to me. Very nice and it does not sound over the top.

Ukulele Eddie
09-11-2014, 02:32 PM
I saw Kalei Gamiao play this live, it was fantastic.

http://youtu.be/b5zuxnr-rJQ

Ditto that. He did a few live loops -- including this one -- when I saw him and he was absolutely amazing

mattydee
09-11-2014, 04:24 PM
When Imsaw this thread, I was going to suggest Kalei, and link to that Coldplay track. Glad others already know about him. Thanks for the heads up on Ed Sheeran, he's new to me, but awesome.

Here's another non-uke looper, but I think he's just as seamless as Sheeran, and really incredible: Trace Bundy


http://youtu.be/HOoMWnLxHH4

BigD
09-11-2014, 08:22 PM
Ed Sheeran has always really impressed me. Ive listened to that live recording multiple times before and it always blew me away. Guys only 23 years old and looking up his achievements is pretty astounding, he does mostly pop music you hear on the top one hundred stations but theres some serious talent there. Ive been getting into the Kalei lately too tho :D

AndrewKuker
09-11-2014, 09:38 PM
Zanuck shows how it can be a tool for practice and enjoyment, beyond live performance.


http://youtu.be/SQJXWOFRCFM?list=UUH6E4xDfxBqrkoKdAyVu2dg

And live, your musical ability and overall concept can be challenged, so results can vary. But it's a fun thing to try anyway.

wayward
09-12-2014, 03:34 AM
[QUOTE=AndrewKuker;1576751]Zanuck shows how it can be a tool for practice and enjoyment, beyond live performance.

Thank you, I saw this film on the loop station/pedal advice thread & I often use a metronome, so I think I'm going to give looping a go when I'm practising too.

D.Jackson
09-12-2014, 05:27 AM
Brittni has this down!

I couldn't agree more! She is actually the first ukelele artist I ever saw using a looper.

To be honest, I can't really say I'm a huge fan of the whole live-looping thing. But, when it's done well, it can be really good. I really like Brittni, and there is young guy (can't remember the name for the life of me) that has a few videos on the Hawaii Music Supply youtube page that I like too.

Ukulele Eddie
09-12-2014, 06:35 AM
Thanks for posting. I had never seen this Ed Sheeran video. How he can rap/sing a fast song, work the looping stuff and play a musically complicated song is beyond amazing.

Wicked
09-12-2014, 11:28 AM
When Imsaw this thread, I was going to suggest Kalei, and link to that Coldplay track. Glad others already know about him. Thanks for the heads up on Ed Sheeran, he's new to me, but awesome.

Here's another non-uke looper, but I think he's just as seamless as Sheeran, and really incredible: Trace Bundy

The Trace Bundy performance is entertaining - but he takes a full two minutes to get his loop laid down. If he does that for more than a song or two in the set, it would be painful for me to listen to.

Ed Sheeran gets all of his housekeeping done in 30 seconds. Additionally, he starts and stops the loop throughout the tune and avoids monotony. (His melody is a bit monotonous, but his use of the looper is damn impressive.)

vanflynn
09-12-2014, 05:18 PM
I often use a metronome, so I think I'm going to give looping a go when I'm practising too.

Sorry to sidetrack the post but what a great idea. Instead of tick, tick, tick, you lay down a bass or simple rhythm to keep time to.

Larry D.
09-12-2014, 10:33 PM
Brittni has this down!

She is just fantastic! Thanks so much sharing VanFlynn...

mattydee
09-13-2014, 08:24 AM
The Trace Bundy performance is entertaining - but he takes a full two minutes to get his loop laid down. If he does that for more than a song or two in the set, it would be painful for me to listen to.


I've only seen individual videos of his, so a set's worth is hard to measure, I guess. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, but the original intro to that particular song, (which he uses for the loop) incorporates all of those phrases, so it's actually, I think, a pretty great arrangement, if slightly longer than the original in order to actually get all of them introduced.

That said, I agree that Sheeran is pretty amazing.