Learn to Play: Using Drums and a Looper with Jordan West

Over the last few Thursdays, we've learned a lot from Jordan West. She's taught us a variety of drumming styles as popularized by drummers like Steve Gadd, Carter Beauford, Stanton Moore, and more. If you've missed any of those videos, you can check those out on Jordan's dedicated lessons page here.

For today's lesson, Jordan isn't teaching a specific drummer's style—rather, she's demonstrating how any drummer (regardless of genre or style) can use a looper to create something unique.

What Jordan is focused on looping and layering today is vocals. Using the Boss RC-505 Loop Station, she demonstrates how she uses the system's built-in effects to give her voice extra sonic texture or turn it into a variety of different instruments. As she mentions in the video, you can use any looper you already have access to build your performance, but Jordan prefers the RC-505 because of its tactile buttons, built-in effects, and how many separate tracks and track-specific controls it allows.

Be sure to watch the video above to follow along with Jordan, and check back next Thursday for another drum lesson from Jordan West.

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