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 #54082  by old man down
 Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:52 pm
Well, I got my Jamman looper almost a year ago to the day but work had been so hectic this past year that I put everything back in their boxes--Loudbox 100, Jamman, cables, because they were just collecting dust unused--and carried on just playing acoustic the way I usually do all the time. But I'm off this and next week, on vacation, and started thinking about this cool stuff I had gotten that was still, literally, brand new and not fully tested out as intended when I thought of purchasing the stuff in the first place.

Yesterday, I was trying to learn Cumberland Blues off of EU '72, and I've been stuck on some of the technique--the fast note rolls that are so impossibly fleeting, I just couldn't finish the phrases to get them to work. Then I remembered that I still hadn't assessed the 1/8" x 1/8" mini cable that I have, whether it would work with the headphones output on my stereo with the back of the Jamman.

So I got everything out again, got the Jamman manual in front of me, and started hooking the stuff up. Very nervous about all this since I had never tried this stuff and was afraid of blowing the amp with a loud pop or something.

Anyway, it works beautifully. I am blown away by all this. I connected everything together, following the instructions, and with volumes at zero began to work up to a comfortable volume. Then I tried the 4 diffirent combinations associated with the Aux Input and found that using just the Aux Input with the Center Cancel brings Jerry right into focus perfectly. It's incredible how clear he comes in and the rest of the band is just a low rumble and muffle.

But it gets better. I tried the Tempo button, and as was hoped from when I bought this stuff, was able to slow the tempo down but maintain original pitch, and now those Cumberland Blues note rolls are stretching out as though Jerry is right in front of me saying, "Look, it's so easy, let me play it slow for you like this. See how they roll off?"

I am smiling ear to ear right now!! :cool: :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile:
 #54083  by Pete B.
 Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:11 pm
'Been using this tool myself for a while.
I love to loop song segments from CD's or Archive, and play along.
I agree, it works perfectly.
:smile:
 #54085  by old man down
 Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:42 pm
Pete, you're one post away. :smile:

Still amazed. The note rolls are coming out of the fog and they turn out to be really simple, just very repetitious, with a slight accent on the four count.

Can't wait to have a week's experience on stuff that has escaped me for a lifetime.

:smile: Merry Christmas :smile:
 #54086  by jackr
 Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:44 pm
The Jamman is my best friend. He can back me up all day and never tire or complain. I got a 2 gig CF card and put a bunch of backing tracks on it that I downloaded from http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com amongst other places. Converted the mp3s to .wav and put them in a folder on the card. Works great.
 #54087  by Pete B.
 Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:09 pm
I work out with several of the Allman Bros trax from that site.
8)
 #54097  by CaptainTrips
 Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:33 pm
The jamman is the greatest thing that a guitarist can have. Its a must have for any picker, as far as Im concerned.