#1
I've heard that expression used but im not really sure what it means. Wondering if any of you guys can clarify a bit.

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#2
It's the ability to play what you want but isn't necessarily the same thing as technique as technique is much more rigidly defined.

For example: John Petrucci clearly has chops, he plays damn well. His technique is somewhat suspect as his picking is tense as all hell when he's playing fast.
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I've always thought of 'chops' being simply impressive little bits that you pull off in a convincing manner.
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#5
I usually use it in reference to general skills, usually just as a reference to playing well ("that dude has chops" would broadly mean "than gentleman appears to play relatively well")
#6


Damnit! I mean:



In all seriousness I've always thought of it as 'when you develop skill at entertaining the audience with your performance (ie with your stage presence) as well as with your playing"
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Having chops just means you can hold your own.
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In my day they used to call this fret wanking, I suppose the modern day term must be chops now.

Yeah, remember little Jimmy who lived down the steet and spent all way "fret wanking"? We all made fun of him, but he was just ahead of his time.
#11
"chops" just refers to your pallette of skills, your toolbox as it were. It doesn't necessarily mean fast playing, just that you're competent at the skills that are requIred for the music you play.
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#12
It comes from the lingo of jazz trumpeters i think, refering to cheek/mouth muscles

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"chops" just refers to your pallette of skills, your toolbox as it were. It doesn't necessarily mean fast playing, just that you're competent at the skills that are requIred for the music you play.

This is true also

You may hear someone described as having great blues chops
great jazz chops
etcetc
#14
As a trumpet player, I know chops as your lips. To have good chops is to have good, firm lips that'll let you play for hours on end without pain. I can't see how that'd help with guitar though :p
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Damnit! I mean:



In all seriousness I've always thought of it as 'when you develop skill at entertaining the audience with your performance (ie with your stage presence) as well as with your playing"



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Having chops just means you can hold your own.


Yep, sure does.

Example: Q: "I hear Johnny's playing lead guitar in a new band. Is he any good?"

A: "Yeah, he's got some chops."

Meaning, he can hold his own.
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#18
"Chops" simply means great technical skill. It doesn't necessarily refer to musicianship.


I'm pretty sure it did originate with horn players in big-bands. My jazz band teacher always told us to warm up our chops before we practised our Ellington charts (I played trumpet).


EDIT:

For example, this guy had some serious chops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zScexBPKTbA
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