Advanced Jazz Guitar Lesson: A Guide To Practical Comping – Part One:

The art of jazz guitar accompaniment, and the study of chords in general, can be daunting topics, especially if you’re new to the style. That’s why this lesson dives straight in with the essentials; it’s full of devices that you can go out and use on your next gig. The focus here isn’t on complicated harmonic theory; it’s all about getting stuck in to the basic changes of well-known standards, and giving them a sprinkling of the magic dust! During almost 90 mins of easily digestible material, we learn all sorts of tips and tricks that the pros use to make their accompaniments sparkle. Even if you’ve never comped a set of jazz chord changes before, this video gives you all the tools you need to emulate greats like Joe Pass, Freddie Green, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Martin Taylor.  No need to worry about struggling to keep up either – every concept we cover is broken down slowly and notated fully (including tablature) on the accompanying PDF. There’s plenty to keep the more experienced player occupied too…

Topics covered include:

  • Quickly build a rock-solid foundation of basic jazz shapes.
  • Add passing chords to basic progressions to keep them moving.
  • Introduction to moving inner parts.
  • ‘Freddie Green’ style 4-to-the-bar comping. What shapes to use, what technique to use, how to get that sound!
  • Martin Taylor/Joe Pass style bass line comping. The class includes a complete chorus of this over “All The Things You Are”, played slowly and fully tabbed out on the PDF.
  • Voice leading through common progressions – all over the guitar.
  • Combine voicings with scales, to make exciting chord/melody phrases.

Finally, the class comes complete with a 13-page PDF booklet (including standard notation and tablature), plus synchronised on-screen captions, so you know exactly where you are at all times.

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Class Content

A Guide to Practical Comping - Part 1
A Guide to Practical Comping – Part 1 01:27:00

Course Reviews


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  1. Connect the islands of your knowledge of applied jazz theory


    Jamie’s course is a tour de force of pedagogical brilliance. He
    focuses upon the harmonic aspects of jazz guitar comping (not much about rhythm here) which he approaches from a good number of interrelated angles. Some or many of these angles may already be familiar to the student. What is so magnificent in this course is Jamie’s insightful explanation and reasoning about basic matters, and then his exciting demonstration of techniques for extending and interconnecting the basic principles of the topics that he covers. Those topics include: shell voicings, different voicing strategies according to whether a bass player is involved, bass line comping (on guitar), chord cognates (same fingering yielding different chords depending on choice of root), drop 2 voicings, the chameleon nature of diminished and half diminished chord voicings and how they can be leveraged to form chord substitutions in an applied context, basics of chord melody and voice leading. You have likely visited and possibly concentrated upon a good many of these topics. But Jamie’s masterful presentation is bound to get your harmonic thinking and feeling flowing in new ways; new synapses will form, islands of familiarity will become connected by new causeways, and your archipelago of knowledge and skills risks becoming… a continent.

    Thank you, Jamie, for this treasure chest!

    by John Bennett
  2. 5

    The magic of Jamie is that he truly acts as a catalyst. I really knew everything presented in this lesson (drop 2 and 3, bass lines etc.) and yet something changed in me, a tiny change of persective that made me pick up the topic with new energy and coming up with results that I did not dare to hope.

    by Mano Flick
  3. 5

    Jamie Taylor is a remarkably gifted teacher. I plan on purchasing all Master Classes that he creates. This Master Class (and part II) are the best instructional materials on comping that I have ever seen.

    by Richard Handel
  4. 5

    This is by far the best comping / chordal lesson I have ever seen !
    Jamie’s tone is very nice and he guides us through all the very important and core comping from bass line comping to melodic with a very Practical guide line.
    I have to say I knew 98% of the shapes involved in this class but the way they are explained and combined into real music is fantastic. I just wish I had this class 10 years ago … Gives you tons of material to work on standards for years … and I m now jumping into Part II
    Thank you Jamie

    by Eric Byron
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