Super Chops Cover SmallThis Super Chops course is based on Howard’s original Super Chops Guitar Manual. While the book has been out of print for several years, the program is available through RMI, exclusively. We will walk you step by step through the curriculum, ensuring total comprehension and technical support. Private and Group lessons are available ,both on Skype and at RMI.

The Super Chops – Jazz in 20 weeks – course is part of the HR Scholarship program. Inquire directly, regarding eligibility.

Here is a brief description:

Have you ever wondered about those young students of, say, the violin or piano, who acquire a very high level of technical skills in a very short time? Have you noticed that guitar players, by comparison, generally do not reach that level in the same time span? Have you ever wondered why this difference exists?

One notable reason is often taken for granted. Violinists, for example, inherit a tradition of disciplined training regimens. Beginning violin studies are made up of seemingly endless exercises of steady uninterrupted eighth-notes, sixteenth-notes, or triplets, etc., which the student practices faithfully every day. Great care is taken to make each note sound perfect. It is through these disciplined and uninterrupted practice regimens that great technique is acquired. In general, those who do it, get it, and those who don’t, don’t.

This book is a series of programmed project lessons designed to give the improvising guitarist such a regimented program. Why the improvising guitarist? In most cases, the violin or piano student is working from music which was written by someone else. The psychology behind his studies puts him in a relatively safe place. “If you don’t like it, don’t blame me. Paganinni wrote it; I didn’t”. The improviser, however, faces the risk of criticism not only of his technique, but of his choice of notes as well. This working condition can create a double bind effect, causing a sort of mental paralysis which quickly translates into an inability to carry out the motor skill. It is toward the resolution of this problem that this book is directed.

In addition, those guitarist who already have an established technique will find this book useful in maintaining it. Doing the project lessons as outlined in the book, 50 minutes per day, 6 days per week, will keep your chops in shape during the periods when you are not actively playing.

This program has been tested in numerous group and individual situations, and without exception has worked for those who actually followed through and did the work as it is laid out here. Read the instructions carefully. Follow the directions. Do the work and it will work for you too.