Mike Fugazzi wrote recently on Harp-L that people should listen to Son of Dave, and provided the link to the video featured today. It’s a very interesting clip. Pay close…

Mike Fugazzi wrote recently on Harp-L that people should listen to Son of Dave, and provided the link to the video featured today.

It’s a very interesting clip. Pay close attention to his mic technique in particular. He’s using a Shure 545SD or SM57 in his left hand, with the harp on top. He keeps the mic very close to his mouth at all times, tilting the handle down when he sings so he can address the mic from the side, tilting it to horizontal when he plays to address it straight in with harp in front of it. Very efficient and effective.

Mechanics matter a lot when you’re looping. One of the biggest potential problems is taking lots of time to switch from one thing (like singing, or using certain FX) to another (like playing, or using certain other FX)–it makes the performance seem slipshod, and it gets boring. This technique is designed to make switches from one thing to another quick and seamless. It begins with the mic selection (which is chosen to flatter vocals as well as harp) and includes the physical positioning of instruments and hands. It’s all visible in the video, and well worth studying.

Pretty smart guy, that Son. Of Dave.

4 Comments

  1. Isaac you are all over the place man! I saw Ben play here in Germany at the Music Fair and live as well in a very small joint in Frankfurt. He moves very fast and is spot on. He makes a mistake now and then but really plays it off good as if it were part of the act. He is a very good performer – quite eccentric to say the least.

  2. I can’t tell. The device on the right (the smaller one) looks like it was made by Boss. That’s all I can guess, and it’s not a lot of information. Check his website–maybe he lists his gear there.

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