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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Beginner Lesson, Making Clean Chords

Tyrone Shuz


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Dec 8th, 2014 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Unlike my last video which was very advanced, this one is very basic but even intermediates can learn if they didn't have good habits in the first place.

Ewe Chewb


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Dec 8th, 2014 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can always make cleaner chords. Watching now!

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Dec 8th, 2014 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Ty.

As simple as that may seem to some it's always good to be refocused on the basics.

The uncomfortable or awkwardness is something I've dealt with in the firearms training I have done. Some of the basic movements and positions seemed uncomfortable and awkward as I started, but getting them correct was what allowed for faster and greater progress down the road.

As training progressed and techniques started coming together it was clear that precision in these basics was necessary.

I am a very un-accomplished guitar player and am looking forward to more of what you have to offer. ;)

Thanks again for making this effort.


United States

Jan 29th, 2015 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Tyrone, I have to agree with both comments above. I can always make cleaner chords and I definitely need to refocus. Thanks for the ideas.

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Feb 1st, 2015 01:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Robert.

Tyrone Shuz


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Feb 2nd, 2015 12:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

As many of you know, I am a full time musician and instructor for over 30 yrs.

I am happy to give away knowledge, especially stuff like this, because I'd prefer to teach musicianship, improvising, etc.

I do happily take beginners, because I can train them right, but in a perfect world everyone could make clean chords (and keep time!) before they came to me.

But I am extremely proud of the fact that I can teach how to keep time, but it can get tedious, so I aim to help everyone in that department!

Thanks for the kind words!


United States

Feb 2nd, 2015 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

In your opinion what's the most efficient way to get triplets down?

Tyrone Shuz


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Feb 3rd, 2015 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Colt, give an example of what you're talking about please.


United States

Feb 4th, 2015 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmm, let me think how to explain my thought. Like picking notes as 123, 234, 345, 456, etc. In succession of 3's. Make any since? I'm getting better at it but the coordination doing this running through a scale is whooping me.

Tyrone Shuz


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Feb 4th, 2015 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's just alternating strokes. If you do an even number of triplets you'll "land on your feet" for the next phrase, i.e., a downstroke. If you don't, you'll have to work out a way to get back on track.

The best way to do it is to forget they are triplets for the moment, and treat it as a waltz, 3/4 time, set the metronome to 80 or maybe 100, and play one note per click. You can put a 3 accent on your metronome so each accent is actually one beat, and you've divided it into three parts. Eventually you'll be able to play fast enough to not need the click on every note, but every three notes instead. Then you'll be playing triplets.

Triplets is the same as 3/4 time but who would want the click going that fast? No one! So slow it down to the point where you can have the click every note, use that as your "training wheels", and when you get past about 168, divide it in 3 (56 at that point) and play triplets.

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Feb 4th, 2015 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was told there'd be no math :0)

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Feb 5th, 2015 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

There's ALWAYS math.

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