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Perfect Chopping?
I've never mastered the chop.... help
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Jake Mills
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April 15, 2014 - 3:47 pm
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I've always done the basic and boring chop on the 2 & 4 (or 1&3) of every measure.  But I want to learn some sort of chopping that is a little more interesting

 

I found this video from Cassie Driessen and quite honestly, I don't want to spend a lot of money on his tutorials.... so if any of you have any advice on how to do some of the fancier chops or rhythms on the fiddle, please pitch in

 

Fancy chops:

 

 

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Fiddlerman
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April 15, 2014 - 6:38 pm
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Casey is fantastic.

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but the one who needs the least."

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That one is an awesome! Thanks for the vid!thumbs-up

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I just bought all the vids. It is only $12.99 for all of them in one package. Assuming he's halfway good at explaining/teaching I don't think the price is too high.

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Hman said

I just bought all the vids. It is only $12.99 for all of them in one package. Assuming he's halfway good at explaining/teaching I don't think the price is too high.

Let us know if he is

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Well, imo I have no regrets on spending the $13. You get 5 different videos where he teaches you 5 different types of chops. Each one builds on the previous versions. Each video ranges from 7-9 minutes.

I like his personality and I like that he actually explains everything. Then he does the technique with a metronome to show how we should practice. I have watched all the youtube videos I can find on chopping and they tell how to do just the chop but they never have fully satisfied me nor have they showed these other 4 techniques/variations. Considering no book can teach you this technique and no free video online has helped me with this technique to my satisfaction, I'd say it's worth it.

I can successfully do a chop now, which is essentially immediately after watching all of the videos. I am frustrated that I can't do the second technique since it seems simple. My brain refuses to cooperate with my hands.

If anyone does plan on getting the videos, do not waste your money on the HD versions. The "mobile" version is just a smaller resolution, but it is by no means mobile small. It just has resolution 967 x 544 instead of 1280 x 720. Not worth paying double for the resolution upgrade.

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wow..what a cool guy! New to me.. so it the whole chopping thing. Thanks for sharing..
chop chop chop.

:)

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Fiddlerman
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April 22, 2014 - 3:23 pm
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I personally think the price is incredibly low. No one can do the chop like he can. :-) Also, I find him very entertaining
Please do fill us in later Hman.

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