In the Spring of 1999, I stumbled across an issue of of Guitar Player Magazine. The cover feature was entitled "15 Days to Better Chops" and the article guaranteed "dramatic improvement in playing" in 15 days with just 15 minutes of practice a day. I plunked down about $4.95 for the magazine. The article lived up to the guarantee and I have considered it to be some of the best money I ever spent.
The "15 Days to Better Chops" article outlines skill-specific exercises for 15 different techniques. From sweep picking to finger picking, from double stops to open-voiced triads, the article serves up smorgasbord of thoughtful 15-minute drills.
Lately, I have dusted off this old issued of Guitar Player, and have begun working through the exercises on my Alvarez ABT60. Playing these familiar exercises on my acoustic baritone has challenged my fret hand muscles and caused me to take yet another look at what a baritone can do. I have found myself utilizing techniques on my baritone that I once considered to be the soul jurisdiction of the standard guitar.
If you are looking to improve your chops on baritone, I would encourage you to pick up the April 1999 issue of Guitar Player. You can find a copy using any of the affiliate links in this article or using the search feature below.
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