As I create the material for modules 11 and 12 of my course, I’m reminded of the reason I named my channel “80/20”. Because sometimes it’s not about Doing Everything or Doing The Most, but about Doing The Best. By definition, there are possibilities you’ll leave out, because they’re not as useful. Too abstract?
Take this week’s lesson. After 3-4 months of transcribing gospel chops, I feel I’ve got a pretty streamlined system to assimilate other people’s licks into my own vocabulary. But it’s not what you might think. Nate of a Year Ago would have recommended taking a chop and finding every possible way to orchestrate, permutate, and genarally Mess With it. But I’ve come to realize a lot of those possibilities are a luxurious waste of time. Pretend you’re a special forces squadron, and you’ve got limited time and budget to train. Are you going to practice every possible situation that could arise, or are you going to look at your history books and practice those most likely to come up and most dire?
So, instead of showing you a million-and-one ways to mess with this Nick Smith chop, I’ve narrowed it down to the three Most Cold Blooded.
Anyway, you’re probably here for the transcription.