What’s going on everybody? Sean Daniel with Guitar Control here, and today I have a really fun looper pedal exercise that I think is really going to help with your timing and really kind of understand the nature between maybe rhythm guitar and lead playing a little bit more. So make sure you click the link below because I’m going to tab out everything that we’re doing here and honestly you don’t really even need a looper pedal at the moment to follow along, but I will be using a Boss RC20 just to kind of do an example of what we’re doing, all right?
So it’s just going to be four chords and then we’re going to talk about how we can kind of start maybe doing little kind of pieces of soloing or lead playing on top of those, right? Four chords are going to be easy ones you’ve already seen before: E minor and G major, and then A minor, and C major, okay? Chords that really fit well together. We’re going to talk more about why I chose these chords later on. So E minor is just open E, two A, two D, open G, B, E. G major, three E, two A, open D, open G, open B. And then the third fret on the high string. Move that E minor down a string. Put your pointer finger on the first fret of the B string. You got A minor. And then [inaudible 00:01:07] C major. Three A, two D, open G, one B, open E.
I’m going to loop this where I’m just going to … Two, three, four, one, two, three, four. Two bars of E minor, two bars of G, two bars of A minor, and two bars of C. Okay, so I’m actually going to loop it right now. Now I want you to notice that I am palm muting it, because I don’t want to mess with with volume levels of anything. When you’re palm muting the chords and you’re doing a loop pedal exercise, it’s a good way to control the volume for the loop, so then when you play something over it, whether it’s like a single note thing, it’ll sound like the appropriate value.
I’m going to give it a few times around before I capture it. Just kind of palm muting that E minor. E minor to G, to A minor, to C. And then end the loop. Okay. So we’re going to find out if that was a good loop or not. There’s the G chord. A minor, then a C. And here’s where it comes and turns around. Okay, cool. That’s pretty … That’s a decent one, so I’m going to stop that because I want to talk about what we’re going to do here, okay?
I paired these two chords together specifically because I want to talk about their pentatonic, minor scale pentatonic positions and also an arpeggio that goes with each major chord. So E minor and G major are very compatible chords because E minor is actually the relative minor of G major. So anything in the key of G major, in the key of E minor is going to be the same notes. What we’re going to do is we’re going to specifically for these two chords’ pairings, I’m going to jump up to the E minor pentatonic scale and we’re really just going to do something really easy by just taking the last three strings, which is going to be 15, 12, 15, 12, 14, 12, okay? Then maybe you play the 12th around the G string twice. And then we’re going to take this major arpeggio. So the eighth fret on the B string is a G. 8, 10, 12, to 10 E. These are the notes, G, B, and D, in a G major chord, in a very drastically different position, played in a different way, okay?
So now when looper pedal is playing the E minor, to the G, over that E minor, I can match the … and then kind of like an arpeggio, but I don’t … I’m not going to play just straight up and down. It’s going to be a … I’m going to play a few times on this G note. One, two, three, four, five, six, there, right? So now if I just play that first part, you kind of see how that riff or lick sits pretty well over those two chords, all right? And that’s really just taken from the E minor pentatonic shape and then a G major shape, but played. One, two, three, four, five, 12th fret, and then the fifth of that chord, all right?
And again, we’ll get more into how you can be maybe a little more creative with this, but the next two chords in that loop are A minor and C major, all right? We can do this exact same thing there. A minor is relative minor C major. Now what I can do here is I can take the A minor pentatonic scale, do the exact same thing. And then the C major arpeggio. Okay, so now let’s do each of those. One, two, three, four. To A minor. Back.
So again, this is a really good exercise, really just kind of having a space that you have to get this job done, and really know exactly what to play. It’s a super simple conceptual exercise. It’s just two minor pentatonic shapes and really the same minor pentatonic shape, and then here, and then the same arpeggio shape, one on the G and one on a C, over a loop, right?
I want to talk about really just getting a little bit better timing on your loops in general for the rest of this video. Because again, I’ll have all of this stuff tabbed out in that link that you want to click below, but I think really getting a decent-sounding loop is really super important when it comes to practicing. Because if your loop’s off, it’s going to throw off the entire rest of your practice, right? And that’s why I think that that palm muting is super helpful, because it kind of gives you like a chug, right? And that’s a little bit easier to kind of follow along with these. These you kind of punch in. And especially like if you started kind of tapping your foot, because eventually that foot strike is going to be what engages the looper pedal, right?
Like for example, I’m going to erase this loop and then if I just have like a … I’m just going to try to loop an E minor to a G, how myself years ago would’ve done it, would’ve been like, okay, one, two, three, four. Right? And then you have this, then you wait. And then it sounds like that, okay? Which again, that’s a loop trying to catch up with itself. So you really want to kind of try to seamlessly punch in and out with the same loop and if you’re having difficulty getting good, solid loops, just work on one chord and try to get an even dynamic on just an E minor with the palming, right? One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two three, four. I just punched in without even thinking about it. And you can still kind of hear that. There was a little bit of a dynamic, but that’s a totally acceptable loop as far as timing goes to go through and do it.
So again, really, four chords. E minor, G major, A minor, C minor. For the E minor, for the G major, A minor, C major. So very simple exercise, but it actually is kind of a challenge to really get everything on time. If you want to make it more challenging for yourself, speed up the loop, play it a little faster. If you want to make it easier, slow the loop down. Whatever speed you can do it at is totally fine. Don’t think you have to do it at a certain speed or anything. Don’t think that you have to do it to the speed I just did it. If you can do faster, great, fantastic, and speed is cool, but it’s not as important as just having good fundamental rhythm in training.
So just a quick loop pedal exercise. I hope you enjoyed that and I hope you integrate it into your practice. Definitely let us know what you think in the comments section and if you want to see any more videos like this or anything else you guys want to see, let us know in the comments section and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks a lot.