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Watch the Creative Jazz Comping online guitar lesson by Sean McGowan from Creative Jazz Comping

Hi, I'm Sean McGowan and welcome to Creative Jazz Comping! Jazz is a sophisticated genre of music that can often feature a lot of complex and swiftly moving chord progressions. In order to hang in this setting, we need to have a considerable vocabulary of chord voicings, as well as a solid understanding of both harmonic and rhythmic devices. Creative Jazz Comping is designed to help organize and simplify the process of learning, memorizing, and applying chordal ideas and comping strategies in a modern jazz context.

I've organized this course into six sections. In the first section, we'll start by discussing the importance of comping in the jazz tradition, recommended players and recordings to check out, as well as exercises to get our hands ready for all of the chords we'll be learning.

Section Two introduces a system that makes it easy to learn and memorize chord shapes based on guide tones and extensions. In the third section, we'll explore the middle register of the guitar using what I like to call, "Phat Philly" voicings (dedicated to the great tradition of Philadelphia jazz guitarists), and different ways to create motion within your comping.

The fourth section hones in on triads, hybrid structures, and slash chords. The fifth section focuses on swing rhythms and syncopation techniques to spice up your playing. In the final section, we'll put all the concepts to work over six études.

I'll perform each étude and then break it down for you in detail, explaining all of the core concepts and approaches as we go. You'll have charts, standard notation, tabs, and all of the rhythm tracks to work with along the way. And, you can loop or slow down any of these performances, so you can work with the materials at your own pace. Grab your guitar and let's get started!