Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Need a little help with chop rhythm

  1. #1

    Default Need a little help with chop rhythm

    So after studying and practicing the melody of some BG tunes, I believe its time to practice chopping.
    Can someone please record himself playing rhythm mandolin? slowly and fast.. I want to know how exactly the chop should sound like abd how to exactly perform it. I find it very hard to understand because all the lessons in youtube seems to be too fast..
    And every time I play rhythm and compare myself to some good mandolin players, I feel like their chops are much more "muted" then mine. Hope I explained ok 😄

    Thank you very much

  2. #2
    Registered User Ivan Kelsall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Manchester - Lancashire - NW England
    Posts
    13,256

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    Here ya go :-


    Several other YouTube clips are available as well,
    Ivan
    Weber F-5 'Fern'.
    Lebeda F-5 "Special".
    Stelling Bellflower BANJO
    Tokai - 'Tele-alike'.
    Ellis DeLuxe "A" style.

  3. #3
    Gibson F5L Gibson A5L
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    1,809
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    The timing between the chop with the pick and the relaxing of the grip on the chord takes work. To slow and you get ringing you don't want and too soon and you get a thud. Practice and be patient. It will come to you. R/
    I love hanging out with mandolin nerds . . . . . Thanks peeps ...

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    charlottesville, VA
    Posts
    880

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    Also, you'll find over time that there is an almost infinite variety to the way the chop can be interpreted and applied. Personally, I must have at least five different ways that I'll chop rhythm, depending on the song, the situation and the desired mood. It's a very versatile technique.
    Mitch Russell

  5. #5
    Stop the chop!
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    europe
    Posts
    1,157
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    Not a very instructive video. Also, this talk of "back-beat" and "snare drum" is misleading. Back-beat is about accenting the two and four in 4/4; that role may be taken by, e.g., the snare drum in rock or the hi-hat in (be-bop) jazz. Hower most Bluegrass is in 2/2 and the chop then lands on the "ands" or "ups" between one and two - it's more like the right hand in certain types of piano accompaniment.

    Of course, there are many rhythmic patterns possible on the mandolin. I like to think of BG groove as one-tee-dee-two-tee-wee-dee
    (except in those ridiculous tempos that we don't really need) and you gotta hear all of it to understand what the mandolin can do within that or other patterns. As always the most sensible advice would be "listen and explore", and, above all, play with others.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    Quote Originally Posted by ralph johansson View Post
    Not a very instructive video. Also, this talk of "back-beat" and "snare drum" is misleading. Back-beat is about accenting the two and four in 4/4; that role may be taken by, e.g., the snare drum in rock or the hi-hat in (be-bop) jazz. Hower most Bluegrass is in 2/2 and the chop then lands on the "ands" or "ups" between one and two - it's more like the right hand in certain types of piano accompaniment.
    The The 2 and 4 in 4/4 are the same as the ands in 2/2, just different countng. They are both the "backbeat" and they are both what the snare drum would play.

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to David L For This Useful Post:


  8. #7
    Registered User bradlaird's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Americus, GA
    Posts
    166
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    I'm game...


    Here are the chord charts if you need them.
    Last edited by bradlaird; Apr-17-2018 at 10:13am. Reason: added the chord charts

  9. The following members say thank you to bradlaird for this post:


  10. #8

    Default Re: Need a little help with chop rhythm

    Thank you all very much!! I will keep practice

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •