Comping

Improve Your Comping With Diminished Chords

When you're first learning how to comp it's easy to feel "stuck" with the same handful of chord shapes. How are guys like Joe Pass or Wes able to connect so many chord shapes so effortlessly? The answer is that, yes, they do know a lot of ...

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Podcast #44 - Chord Synonyms

A powerful tool that doesn't get mentioned enough is chord synonyms - chords with enough similar notes that they can be used interchangeably. It can be overwhelming to learn all your inversions for every chord type in every key, etc. Using...

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4 Ways To End A Chord Melody

If you've ever tried to arrange your own chord melody, you'll know that finding a good final chord can be quite tricky. This is because the vast majority of standards end on the root of the I chord. There simply aren't a lot of voicings that...

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How to Learn 96 Jazz Guitar Voicings

A jazz guitar voicing is a specific arrangement of the notes of a chord. The most basic jazz guitar chord voicings are called Drop 2 and Drop 3. These were used by guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and countless others. This lesson will...

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Jazz Blues Comping for Guitar

Strategies for Meaningful Jazz Blues Comping Looking to get to work on your jazz blues comping for guitar? This video and PDF lesson will get you started. We'll give you the chords and some cool chord voicings to give you a nice palette to work...

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The Ultimate Guide to Jazz Guitar Chords: Learn Comping

Before we begin: what exactly do I mean by "comping"? Comping on guitar is short for "accompanying". This could refer to playing chords behind a vocalist or saxophonist, or even accompanying your own solo with chords on the lower strings. How to...

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