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Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


This has been Chopbuilder Part I.

Parts II and III, reserved for creation on some spontaneous night, will cover other note and rhythmic groupings, as well as present concepts for creating material to fashion ideas.

Remember that the main ideas are:

  • Just play the groupings over and over for as long as you can. Pick a scale, improvise.
  • Try to always be musical
  • If your hand start to hurt, go to the next division down and then back up.
  • Make sure the metronome is slow. 16th triplets are amazingly fast at 80, for any length of time.
  • Create your own exercises
  • Make a decision about what type of division and grouping you are going to play at what time. Execute that idea.
  • Say the rhythms.