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Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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So basically, this approach consists of drilling patterns against the pulse of the metronome, making sure to exploit each type of division.

These divisions are 1/2 of the materials you will use to construct melodies. The other 1/2 is melodic (scalular)/harmonic (chordal).


There really are endless variations because of repition and omission.

Eventually, the goal with this lesson is to have these drills be a natural part of your warmup/practice routine. What I do with this exercise anymore is just play all the divisions consistently. If I want to go up or down a notch, I do so. Just try to keep going, no stopping.

It is great for finger strength, warmup, speed, picking technique, phrasing, endurance, muscle memory, your ear, etc.