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Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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When you say,"I got chops", you mean that you can play faster, longer runs that are still very musical. I hear alot of fast playing that I don't think is musical, it's just fast.

How does one acquire the ability to improvise on the spot, burning 16th note triplets, meanwhile creating beautiful melodies?

Well, it's not easy. It takes a whole lot of time and patience and attitude adjusting because it's just difficult. Hopefully, this lesson will START you on your path through the challenges ahead for the dedicated musician.

We are going to work with all of the standard rhythmic divisions, with a metronome.
The metronome is very important to developing your inner sense of time. You can make that click swing or pop so hard with just a little work. It takes most people an average of about a month to get comfortable with the metronome. I smashed my first one into many pieces out of frustration.
I would also try to convice myself that the batteries were weak because the thing wasn't keeping time! Denial, Ego, Patience; these are few of the many things you might learn about yourself through music.

It is worth it and when you go to play with a drummer, you will bring your own groove instead of clinging to him like a liferaft.

A large portion of executing these studies and being able to increase the tempo is related to the right hand. This lesson will not focus very much on the right hand, if at all. I will say that I try to use all options available to me from the right hand:

pick - pick & fingers - all fingers picking - thumb strum & pick - nails - plucking (the claw method) - slap - pinch - lick

Well, maybe not lick.