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Old 07-21-2017, 05:44 AM   #1
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We sat in with another band and their snare line called the lead tip/unison parts "chips". I've never heard that before. Why is it called chips?


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Old 07-21-2017, 08:12 AM   #2
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It is from "chip in".


Also called "lifts" or "unisons" up here.

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Old 07-21-2017, 08:39 AM   #3
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..........did they say " ...chops.." ?
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Also called "seconds" by some.

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Old 07-27-2017, 02:39 PM   #5
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"Compliments" is also a common term.
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Old 07-30-2017, 05:07 PM   #6
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I have used the term "forte" in addition to "seconds".

Pipers have harmonies and we have unison parts.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:16 PM   #7
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I've seen the term's use in drumming attributed to Alex Duthart. A few online sources about Alex read:

The style of drumming he brought in at that time is generally recognised to be the basis of modern pipe-band drumming, consisting of a jazz-influenced style and what Alex called the "chips", a call and response system where the lead drummer plays a phrase solo which is answered by the full drum line.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:25 AM   #8
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I've seen the term's use in drumming attributed to Alex Duthart. A few online sources about Alex read:

The style of drumming he brought in at that time is generally recognised to be the basis of modern pipe-band drumming, consisting of a jazz-influenced style and what Alex called the "chips", a call and response system where the lead drummer plays a phrase solo which is answered by the full drum line.
Close but not exactly Scotdrummer, but glad you got the source correct, it was indeed the big man himself who christened the accented notes in the piano line (first time thru' the part) "the chips" by the corps drummers while the lead is playing the whole part. I wrote the whole story of this on here quite a years ago now, of how he himself relayed the story to me: when he played in big swing band in the 50's the "chips" is what the horn section call their accentuated 'punctuation' of the melody line, where they just hit intermittent accented notes or phrases.
As a lot of older drummers know, back then the corps drummers did not play in the piano line (hence 'quieter' 1st time thru' the part, 2nd time thru' the forte or louder part) He got the idea from those horn sections in big swing bands what we take for granted now, the corps parts in 3/4's and 6/8's was his idea and then that evolved into the chips in all the other time sigs. where the corps just play accented notes. I tell you this so that young drummers know where it came from, the late great Alex Duthart.

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Old 08-16-2017, 10:28 AM   #9
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