How to “Chop” on Violin/Fiddle, Viola or Cello

How to “Chop” on Violin/Fiddle, Viola or Cello


So here’s another
thing I can address about the loop on
this particular vamp. You might notice that I’m
doing this chop with the bow. [VAMP PLAYING] Now there’s an easy
way to do the chop. You cover your strings
with your fingers lightly as if it’s harmonics. And you just kind
of drop the bow. [VAMP PLAYING] And I’m trying to
hit two strings. If you hit the E
and the A up here, it’s going to be brighter. If you hit down here– [VAMP PLAYING] –on the G and the D– [VAMP PLAYING] –it’s going to be darker. But that’s an easy
way to do the chop. A harder way is sort of where
you’re lifting up from here, and you’re sticking. [VAMP PLAYING] And you can probably look
for one of my other videos on chopping. If you can’t find it
on my YouTube channel, you can definitely find it in
the Creative Strings Academy. But anyway, when it
comes to chopping, I really believe
that less is more. So you’ll notice that in this
particular loop that I’ve created, I’m simply chopping
just on the back beat, on two and on four. [VAMP PLAYING] Less is more.

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