Chop Builder Round 1 Warm Up Alternate Picking – Triplets by Frank Gambale tab with free online tab player. One accurate version. Recommended by The Wall . Frank Gambale’s Chop Builder is one of the best instructional videos for the guitar. The video contains exercises in alternate picking, scales. Hi guys Has any one here ever tried out Frank Gambale’s Chop builder. Its basically a DVD, play along guitar practice routine and is a lot like.

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Keep those chops in shape! This intense routine three times a week will increase guitar fitness, strengthen hands and increase speed and dexterity while improving music theory and fretboard knowledge. The emphasis is on endurance. A challenging and motivational DVD.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I pretty much agree with the other reviewers here – it’s not meant for a beginner although a beginner with an immense amount of patience and practice could go from newbie to advanced technique-wise once all of the rounds are mastered.

The VLC player which is freely available for Windows users is something you can use to slow down the speed of the video without changing the pitch of the music.


There is also a free Guitar Pro tab somewhere out there on the internet that you could also use as well to supplement your learning of this material. This DVD is meant to build up endurance through repetition of technique over and over. I would also warn people to take frequent breaks or not spend too many hours on the same round, I got a RSI in my left forearm from doing Round 2 repetitively for 4 hours straight.

One person found this helpful. This DVD will help you get your chops in shape! Increase guitar fitness, strengthen hands and increase speed and dexterity while improving music theory and fretboard knowledge. It is indeed a workout! This DVD is not for beginners. It is really geared at increasing your endurance. DVD is a bit old fashioned, and dated. I have always been a great fan of Frank Gambale. His technical abilities are amazing, and so are his teaching abilities.

This is not the video for you if you want to learn theory, but if you want to get better at playing guitar, you must own a copy of this video! As the title clearly states, this is a guitarists ‘workout’ video.

It is not a technical, theoretical, or a licks n tricks video. There are so many good and not so good theory videos out there if that is your purpose, however, don’t forget that theory is buildder small part of playing guitar! So don’t be fooled, there are no magic pills that you can take to be a better player, it takes practice, dedication, and boring exercises.

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Frank’s humor turns the most mundane guitar task exercising in to a fun and enjoyable workout. Expect to build your chops if you faithfully follow his routines. This video comes with a 74 page booklet that has all of the exercises in tab and standard notation, and I may add that the booklet is one of the better ones I have seen compared to the cheesy ones that usually accompany instructional videos. Frank covers many types of exercises in his regiment of exercises: Alternate picking triplets, Alternate picking sixteenth notes, Combination triplets and sixteenth notes, Major scales and their modes, Melodic minor modes, Harmonic minor modes, Diminished and whole tone scales, Interval scales and patterns, Chromatic exercises, String skipping, Sweep picking triad arpeggios, Hammer-ons and Pull-offs, Stretch voicings, Blues progressions, and much more.

This video delivers what it claims to: An unbeatable chops workout. No matter if you have just started playing guitar, or have been playing for 25 years as I have, you will benefit from using Frank’s chop building routines. This video I borrowed extensively from a friend of mine. At first I watched it and was impressed by the technical prowess, as usual from such an instructional video but quickly logged it off as another guitarist shred manifesto that I would never take time to learn but alas here I am writing a five star review for it.


It, for me, is the perfect instructional vid. It’s a well laid out, steady one hour guitar workout that is definantely a workout! I haven’t achieved that yet in a single guitar instructional video I own.

So, yeah, you should get it, if you want my opinion, it is the most optimized instructional DVD, for me. Great workout, but I can’t keep up with Frank. I ripped the audio to mp3 so I can run it through my slow downer software. Now I can slowly build up my speed and accuracy as well as loop certain sections. I have to say that this has become an invaluable tool for my technical practice It’s not meant to be a ‘beginner’s video’ or a ‘let me teach you’ video. It maps out a good practice plan for you, based on the things that Frank himself practices.

It’s a must if you’re a player looking for a more organized ‘technical’ practice routine. Frank is my favorite player. I DVD is worth it for the first two sections alone. I have tried for years to understand picking patterns, chord progressions, finger exercizes and how to apply it all.

Frank brought it all together for me.

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