blinddrew wrote:I'm pretty much there with playing and singing (though I'm pushing myself to do more riffage whilst singing rather than just chord work), but I'm finding it really difficult to add a pedal board to the combination as well... :¬(
It's just more of the same - the trick is proper practice: meaning you really think about the sequence of movements first, and then you practice it slowly and *identically*. Slowly, really, is only so that you can play the very identical sequence of movements every time. Not "about the same", but really the same, as much as you can (you get more adaptable once you know it). Say, "play, sing, engage the gain on the final word, sing more, play alead, turn the volume on the guitar down and disengage the gain" and so forth.
I use a lot of different pedal combos in different parts of songs, and granted - the first time it's hilarious, but when you practice properly it just takes a few times to work just fine. It's the same as holding they guitar with respect to your body - if you hold it differently every time, you can never be sure of where a fret is, but if you are consistent, you won't even need to look.
Obviously you need to build the arrangement so that there's time to switch things on and off.. that often is a difference between a live song and the studio version, where live you have the occasional bar or more so that you can switch things around :)
For example in the song linked in the video in my signature (which is really the studio version), it'd be impossible to play really like that live.. so usually we add a bar between the end of the chours and the verse and between the verse and the instrumental, so I can move the guitar up, turn the volume on and engage the delay and the boost, and then disengage things in the end when restarting to sing.
As a consequence a factor that's important is the position of the pedalboard and the mic must be similar every time. For example, I put it at an angle on the right, displaced towards my right foot, and use the secondary boom of the mic stand to get the mic near my mouth - if it's a "tripod" stand I must take care that the long leg is right under the boom.
But so long you find something comfortable for you it's fine, so long you set it up the same every time. After a while, if you are consistent enough, you don't need to even look to hit the right pedal :)