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Concepts for Comping - Lesson 5

Free Lesson: Concepts for Comping - Lesson 5 plus Blog Links, Tune of the Month and More!

The chords in this lesson series (Concepts for Comping) come from Unit 6: 7th Voicing. So what we're doing here is an application of some of the material in those lessons, taken in a direction not pursued in Unit 6.

Unit 6 was all about chord melody playing. This lesson series is using the same concept for chord construction as an accompanying device; it does not include melodies. However, the melody will have to be taken into account in the more advanced stages of this series.

As such, these chords are especially useful if you want to accompany yourself as a singer, or provide accompaniment for a singer or a soloist.

So...continuing our diatonic chord progressions. “Diatonic” means that all the chords are taken from the Scale Tone 7ths we drilled in Lesson 2. The progression will be I-VI-II-V-I.

This lesson includes text, 12 fretboard diagrams and a video.

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Blogs Published Since Last Newsletter

Republished: Legato/Staccato: Have you ever listened to a guitarist play and marveled at how “smooth” or fluid his solos sounded? Are you struggling to achieve that in your own playing? I can help you with that.

John Elliott (Part 3): This is the final installment of my 3-part series on John Elliott. John produced many world-class musicians (Pat Metheny, Larry Williams, Bobby Watson and others), but my relationship to him had a unique aspect; years after I studied with him I published a guitar method book that includes some of his content. I therefore dealt with him concerning approval, copyright and residuals issues. This blog tells that story.

John Elliott (Part 2): This is Part 2 of my 3-part series on John Elliott. This part tells of his influence on my teaching and the creation of my method book, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar.

John Elliott (Part 1): This is the first of 3 installments of the story of my relationship with the jazz musician, arranger and educator John Elliott, in which I tell of the years (1979-1986) that I studied with him. John was a formative influence; by far THE most important person in my musical development. He also proved to be a complicated and sometimes difficult individual.

April Newsletter: Comping Concepts: Free Lessons, Blog Links, Tune of the Month and More!


Tune of the Month

From my Channeling Harold CD. Featuring Hammond B3 organist Rich VanSant with whom I worked for decades. I talk about Rich in my blog: JAM! Rich is retired and no longer active as a performing musician.

The drummer on this track is Kevin "Swingin'" Johnson, who I still work with on a regular basis.


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