Chops, a definition

WJEsaxGuyz Most people, even musicians have trouble keeping up with the slang in the industry. So there is a lot of misinformation out there. And there are so many hobbyist types who guess like they know what the real answer is that there is a lot of misinformation out there. I thought I knew intuitively what some terms meant but later found out that in many cases I was as rookie as most of the masses.

I’ve heard so many different definitions for music slang. There are resources that define words that are slang. Chops, for example is defined in the non-definitive by remarkable Urban Dictionary site:


Ability to play on any instrument (guitar, drums, brass, etc.). Used for guitar and drums because of the chopping motion made by the hand, and used for wind instruments because chops is also slang for one’s mouth.

On drums: He played the beat so fast. . . he has amazing chops.

On guitar: Did you hear that solo? He’s got wicked chops!

On brass: You have to have some chops to hit a double G.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra), and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to Chops, a definition

  1. baby says:

    Hi passing thru, just went to my first ophera and hope to going to a mexican symphony soon. I have 3 kids and all play instruments, its hard cause I dont play anything but determined they will.  Later

  2. Rambling says:

    I used to have some chops (guitar) but due to a bad work schedule etc etc etc, I am sorely out of practice.

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