|Bluegrass Rhythm: The Chop
Bluegrass Rhythm: The Chop
In most bluegrass situations, the dobro fulfills the same rhythmic function as the mandolin, providing a percussive chop on the back beat. Mike shows you a couple of different ways to play the chop, starting with your thumb on the downbeat on the bass strings and your fingers on the offbeat playing two treble strings. Mike shows you how to create a nice percussive sound, and create different sounds depending on which treble strings you’re playing. He also shows you a percussive rhythm that uses more of a roll pattern, and a simple offbeat chop. Mike finishes by taking you through the bluegrass standard "Long Journey Home" with guitarist Scott Nygaard, so you can practice playing rhythm on a complete song.
The Bluegrass Chop Rhythm: Examples (Available to subscribers)