Respect to you folks who use lots of pedals live.

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by TornadoOfSouls, May 23, 2008.

  1. TornadoOfSouls

    TornadoOfSouls Member

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    I played with ONE extra pedal last night, my tube screamer for my solos.

    Christ, I just couldn't do it, even with one pedal.

    I move around a lot, so it sucked standing there for me waiting to pop it off after the solo.

    I felt too stiff and constricted.

    Seriously, a lot of respect to you folk with 10 pedal boards who can pull that off!

    Midi controller and fx processor for me only from now on!
     
  2. Twanger

    Twanger Member

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    What's the difference between stepping on a TS or stepping on a MIDI controller?
     
  3. TornadoOfSouls

    TornadoOfSouls Member

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    I pick the effects/channel/tone before the song, with the tube screamer I had to turn it on right before the solo and turn it off right after.

    I've seen some amazing guitar players who use Wah-Wahs and stuff while they play, and it's just mind numbingly amazing.

    My feet and hands just don't work together at all. :BOUNCE
     
  4. jonlarsen002

    jonlarsen002 Member

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    this is just a strange post.
     
  5. TornadoOfSouls

    TornadoOfSouls Member

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    Yeah, I know.

    But it makes me jealous that I can't do that kind of stuff while I play :(
     
  6. Lolaviola

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    Some people move around on stage too much and are not the type who is "planted" in front of the board.

    I find the pedal board is a wierd on-stage element. I'd much rather use no pedals, or, ideally, have a tech offstage making program changes for me!
    (I can dream, can't I!?)
     
  7. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    I use a lot of pedals and am never anchored to my board. Its really not that difficult to stop over by your board to make a change quickly when you need to. Even if you have a midi controller, youll need to step on the solo setting when you go to play a lead.
     
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    You know just like anything it's gonna take practice. Spend sometime practicing, you'll get it in no time.
     
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    mcdes Member of no importance

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    ha ha, seriously funny! never thought of myself as multi talented, but hey!!
     
  10. funkycam

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    My pedal board is just like an extension of my guitar.
    In the same way you would switch to the neck pickup or do a pick scrape or a bend or whatever... you just think of the texture that you're going to need & stomp accordingly.
     
  11. gibson60

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    i know what you mean. i try to keep things fairly simple but sometimes i feel like i spend all night turning pedals on and off. i agree that practice helps. the timing of when you need to be by the board improves.
     
  12. semi-hollowbody

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    most bands I see dont have enough room to run around (bars, festivals, weddings) so they have no problem hitting pedals when necessary...

    rather see a guy with a great tonal pallet who stands still than a guy who runs all over the place with one boring tone ;)
     
  13. wjrhee

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    i think pedals just take practice and getting used to. it's always difficult and uncomfortable the first time.
     
  14. jaywalker

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    With all this I'm rarely anchored, it's the fact that I have to sing lead that anchors me more.
    I try to include pedal switching into on-stage movement (not quite dancing but u know what I mean), and most of the time it's coordinated. If you are jamming away in an unrehearsed way then it can be hard to the right effect at the right time, but being that most of our stuff is rehearsed to the last note, it's not such a problem.
    If your foot is tapping all the time (mine does because it acts as a metronome for the drummer) then switching becomes a lot easier.

    It is a science.
     
  15. catalinbread

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    When I used to play out I used only a single dirt box... And that was on top of my amp. :BluesBros
     
  16. Janglin_Jack

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    I know what you mean. Sometime I have trouble talking and playing my guitar. Sometimes I play a certain phrase and I have trouble turning one pedal on and one off and I get distracted from what I am playing.

    What is weird, is I can play drums and sing and talk, etc. Seems like the drumming would be more complicated, but I can do more easier.

    Weird.

    Jack
     
  17. gregc

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    Try putting wheels on the pedals!!!!!!!!!
    :)
     
  18. Dickie Fredericks

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    Im only tethered to my space because I gotta sing. Of course I do the stepping before the song and usually not during.
     
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    Try being tethered to one spot because of stage frieght, that really sucks!
     
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    Once you get used to where everything is its second nature:munch
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