Slowing down songs is another great way to learn from records and your song collection. I use Song Surgeon, which works really well for this. Check it out.
Having a pedal for creating loops is very useful for practicing. With a looper, you can quickly record a groove, which you then can jam along to.
Here is an example of how to use the Line 6 M9 for recording a short loop for jamming along to. The process of recording loops is very much the same, regardless of what unit you are using.
A useful feature that I didn't mention this in the video that this pedal (and many others) have, is an undo button. How it works is that if you didn't like the last layer recorded, you can press the undo button, and it is instantly removed.
I highly recommend you start practicing recording loops if you have a unit like this. It can be tricky to get the timing right, so you can't be sloppy with your timing and rhythm. That's why it's great for practicing! You can instantly tell if you played it well or not, because the looper is not very forgiving, and it doesn't lie. I know it can be frustrating to get it right sometimes, but remember, it will really help you develop better timing, so don't give up. Be patient and keep working with the looper. Over time, you may find your timing has "magically" improved!
If you are interested in the M9, you can find the Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler to a great price at Musician's Friend.
I have lots of gear demos too on this site. Go and take a look at some of my Guitar Videos for some examples of gear I use or have used.
Slow and jerky? The videos are streaming from Youtube - there are no underpowered servers of mine involved here at all... because the videos are hosted on youtube. Perhaps you are having a bad internet connection? You can try clicking on the youtube logo in the bottom right of the video above - it will take you to the youtube page and it should play with the same speed there.Comment added on February 03, 2012
sure appreciate the extensive repertoire of lessons/techniques you provide... BUT the poor quality streaming and underpowered servers you use make viewing them frustrating.. free is cool, but slow, jerky renders them useless. I keep coming back hoping there's an improvement.. but no..
You can't call this a lesson without giving the chords you use.Comment added on July 04, 2010
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