Jazz Guitar Comping

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi guys some jazz rhythm techniques today: Comping

    Comping (an abbreviation of accompanying) is a term used in jazz music to describe the chords, rhythms, and countermelodies that keyboard players (piano or organ) or guitar players use to support a jazz musician's improvised solo or melody lines.

    In a standard jazz combo, the pianist or guitarist typically comps during the horn and double bass solos by improvising chords and improvised countermelodies.

    The chordal accompaniment used in jazz is different from the chordal accompaniment style used in many types of popular music, such as rock and folk.

    Jazz Guitar Comping

    The study presents several comping examples in the key of C major, based around a II-V-I.

    Dm9 - G13 - Cmaj7 - Cmaj6

    All the extension belongs to the key of C major, and you can safely use them to practice some II-V-I soloing, licks or improvisations, using the lesson as a backing track.

    Theory Focus

    The roman numerals indicate the harmonized chords from a specific degree of the major scale. In this case a "II" is the chord build on the second degree of the C major scale, others words Dm7, and so on.

    Techniques Focus

    Played Fingerstyle, all the example can be played with flatpick too.

    Pro tips

    Use the backing track to experiment with some original comping.

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