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

Always be willing to mix up your accompaniments. Bring sensitivity, humor and creativity to everything you do. Especially when accompanying songs, listen to the lyrics. Some of the most lovely arrangements echo in some way the words to the songs being playing. So many stories - so little time - for all of this. I remember once playing a Vietnam Veteran's Day event. The leader wanted to start with 'Killer Joe'. Oops. Pay attention to the lyrics. Don't use a sexy, slinky, New York sounding lick to back up, "It's So Peaceful In The Country". I've seen it happen.