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Just bought a beginner boogie woogie book and came across the term “chop”- is this the same as staccato? Can’t think what else it would be

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Originally Posted by Wayne2467
Just bought a beginner boogie woogie book and came across the term “chop”- is this the same as staccato? Can’t think what else it would be

I've always aligned your 'chops' with your hands - keep on top of your chops = keep playing.

Can you offer some context as to how the term was used?

I don't believe it has anything to do with how you articulate a musical phrase, but could be wrong.

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All it says is “chop” is sometimes referred to as “a chopping base line”

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I quite like this definition:

"It started with horn players. It takes a lot of stamina to play trumpet on a 4 hour gig. Chops is literally you mouth/lips.

I think the meaning has changed some. I take it to mean things that you have worked out that have some technical difficulty which you can play at will. Not licks necessarily; for instance I have no fingerpicking chops, but I can do some hybrid picking things. I used to have Wes style octaves in my bag. I have a pretty good command of double stops. Those are all things that have taken sometime to get under my fingers, but they're not really licks- more like techniques that are applicable to different kinds of licks or situations"

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/what-are-musical-chops.902677/

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In the context of a 'chopping bass line', is it more a musical direction that an emphasis should be placed on alternate notes - like chopping a tree - than 'chops' in a more widely accepted context?

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Wayne2467 - I think this refers to a pattern of how the base is played - see the linked video
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Originally Posted by Sgisela
Wayne2467 - I think this refers to a pattern of how the base is played - see the linked video
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So it’s staccato?

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Originally Posted by Sgisela
Wayne2467 - I think this refers to a pattern of how the base is played - see the linked video
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Well, it's certainly a very well known Blues pattern. Is it technically a 'chop' though? I'm not sure.

If you're able to show any pictures of what you're looking at, that may be helpful.

BTW - I wouldn't be looking to this guy in the video for much accurate information smile

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LH chop is just a key strike, similar to a hammer blow on schnitzel .

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Wayne2467 - I think this refers to a pattern of how the base is played - see the linked video
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So it’s staccato?

I think it's more down to accenting than detaching notes.

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It is a combination of both accentuation and staccato. Typically the bass line would be in 8th in a 4/4 tempo. Often it would be on the 2nd and 4th beat but it varies; you could use a double chop as well.


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