This morning I came across a video by Brendan Power in which he plays a variation on Little Walter’s “My Babe” using a TC Helicon Voicelive Touch (looper/harmonist/effects box) and a Korg Pandora multi-effect box. I really want one of those TC Helicons now! I have a musician friend in Vancouver named Adam Bowen who is a wizard with a loop and effects pedal and I have always wanted to learn to use those tools with a harmonica. now, watching Brendan make a song, my desire is redoubled. Watching this video is a good exercise in being able to hear the syncopated rhythm underlying a blues song. I’m also a big fan of Brendan’s use of a ring as a percussion instrument against his mic. On first viewing, I thought he had the beat programmed into his box, but while watching it a second time, I noticed that he taps out the beat with his fingers! I’ve always wondered if this would work. Now I know. So sit back and enjoy a fun little tune by the talented Brendan Power!
Brendan Power Builds a Song on a Loop Box