Re: A Bit of a Vent...
I started out with just the two-finger and three-finger chords when I began learning (head-nod to Dix Bruce); melodies were more my thing, because I knew the violin pretty well. I never really touched the four-finger G chop until very recently, mainly for playing bluegrass in a group with others. And I'll be darned if I don't like it. Kind of have to thank Niles for his pocket chord book, because as chord-theory illiterate as I am, I probably wouldn't have made the jump to realizing that shifting G up two frets made an A chop chord. So thank you sir!
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