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Watch the Fareed's Trade Secret #1 online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from Jazz Comping Survival Guide

Don't be shy!

The simplest way to add spice to a jazz arrangement is to slide, slide, slide.

Experiment with this:

Approach every chord from above or below by 1 fret and just see what happens.

Try sliding in from 2, 3, 4 even 5 frets (how daring!)

(Aside) speaking of daring. Jazz critic and writer Howard Reich put together a Chicago Tree of Chicago jazz musicians. I made it onto a branch or twig somewhere, labeled as "daring jazz guitarist", since then I've often thought I should start appearing in jazz clubs in tights, mask and cape.