| All aboard! Fareed Haque's Jazz Comping Survival Guide is leaving the station.
Throw your big jazz chord dictionaries out the window, forget everything you know about jazz comping, take a deep breath and buckle up -- you're about to blaze through four years of undergraduate jazz guitar studies, two years of jazz grad school and a thousand gigs worth of experience in roughly four and half hours of interactive mind-meld with one of the most prolific, inventive, erudite and switched-on guitarists on the planet.
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Guitar virtuoso and master educator Fareed Haque has worked with Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Ramsey Lewis, Nigel Kennedy, Bob James, David Sanborn, many symphony orchestras and dozens of other well-known artists. He's performed all of the major guitar concertos and has had numerous modern works dedicated to him. Fareed currently holds an associate professorship in jazz and classical guitar studies at Northern Illinois University, tours extensively with his jam super-group, Garaj Mahal and has released nine recordings as a leader in various configurations.
"99.9% of the time, jazz guitarists are NOT hired for their solos, nor their amazing altered dominant crazy scales, but for their ability to groove, to swing, to lay down the chord voicings that are going to fill out an ensemble and frankly, make the leader sound good."
Fareed Haque's Jazz Comping Survival Guide is based on a very simple, yet far-reaching concept; building chords from the inside out. Your tutelage begins with basic guide tones and an intuitive system for building your chord vocabulary with extensions until you've rapidly acquired and have command of ALL of the chords and colors used by jazz guitarists.
Next stop; Fareed's Four principles of Chord Substitution, which he formulated to instinctively guide you to and through any modern jazz harmony you might encounter in four easy steps. Along the way, you'll develop a solid grip on tri-tone subs, leading chords, adding bass notes, extensions, inverting color tones, jazz blues harmony, various comping styles, and rhythmic patterns. You'll learn to apply these principles to all of the jazz progressions you'll explore to create unique and interesting accompaniments.
Fareed polishes off the journey with thirteen "Trade Secrets" that he developed over many years on the bandstand backing up vocalists and soloists; Slipping and Sliding, Tremolo, Walking Bass Lines, Bossa Comping, Guide Tones Combined with Melody, Horn Section Stabs and Imitation, Backgrounds, B3 Pedal Points, Harmonics, and Guide Tones Plus Three Extensions.
Jazz Comping Survival Guide: Syllabus
All in all, the Jazz Comping Survival Guide covers everything you need to know to get and keep the gig. Jump on board!
- Introduction: Get the gig!
- Too Many Big Chords: How to get fired
- Guide Tones: AKA Color Tones
- Fareed's 1st Principle of Chord Substitution: Any chord can be a Dominant
- Guide Tones: Playing Example
- Guide Tone ii-Vs: Color tones into ii-Vs
- Fareed's 2nd Principle of Chord Substitution: Any Dominant can be a ii-V
- Guide Tone ii-Vs: Playing Example
- Leading Chords: How to lead to a chord
- Fareed's 3rd Principle of Chord Substitution: Lead with its V Chord
- Leading Chords: Playing Example
- Tri-Tone Subs: The bored bass player chord
- Fareed's 4th Principle of Chord Substitution: Lead with Tri-Tone sub
- Tri-Tone Subs: Playing Example
- Putting it All Together: Playing a Jazz Blues
- Putting it All Together: Adding Bass Notes
- Freddie Green Style: Playing Example
- Jazz Comping Style: Adding One Extension
- Playing Example: Adding Two Extensions
- Jazz Comping Style: Adding Two Extensions
- Four to the Bar Swing: Freddie Green Style
- Locking In with Drummer
- Jazz Comping Style
- Jazz Blues Harmony
- The Jazz Blues Turnaround
- Comping for Yourself
- Who needs a piano player?!
- Inverting Color Tones
- Moving chords up the neck
- Inverting Color Tones
- Transposing the Blues
- Why it's good for you
- Transposing the Blues: Playing Example
- Comping Jazz Standards
- Building Major Family Chords
- The I-vi-ii-V Progression: Guide Tones Only
- The I-vi-ii-V Progression: Adding Bass Notes
- The I-vi-ii-V Progression: Adding One Extension
- The I-vi-ii-V Progression: Adding Two Extensions
- The iii-vi-ii-V Progression: Overview
- The ii-V-I Progression: Guide Tones Only
- The ii-V-I Progression: Adding Bass Notes
- The ii-V-I Progression: Adding One Extension
- The ii-V-I Progression: Adding Two Extensions
- ii-V of IV to bVII: Overview
- ii-V of IV to bVII Progression: Guide Tones Only
- ii ii-V of IV to bVII Progression: Adding Bass Notes
- ii-V of IV to bVII Progression: Adding One Extension
- ii-V of IV to bVII Progression: Adding Two Extensions
- Fareed's Trade Secret #1: Slipping and Sliding
- Fareed's Trade Secret #2: Tremolo
- Fareed's Trade Secret #3: Walking Bass Lines
- Fareed's Trade Secret #4: Bossa Nova Comping
- Fareed's Trade Secret #5: Guide Tones + Melody
- Fareed's Trade Secret #6: Melody + Guide Tones)
- Fareed's Trade Secret #7: Imitation: Horn Section
- Fareed's Trade Secret #8: Horn Section Stabs
- Fareed's Trade Secret #9: Horn Section Backgrounds
- Fareed's Trade Secret #10: Stabs & Backgrounds
- Fareed's Trade Secret #11: Imitation: B3 Pedal Points
- Fareed's Trade Secret #12: Harmonics
- Fareed's Trade Secret #13: Guide Tones + 3 Extensions
- Fareed's Trade Secrets: Bring the spice!
- Conclusion: Get and keep the gig!
Photos by Norman Sands