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Watch the Completely Blues online guitar lesson by Mimi Fox from Jazz Trio Comping

One of the things you should notice immediately when listening to this performance is how often I'm sliding into a given chord from a half step below. For example, many times I'm playing a Gb7 chord before I play the G7 chord. This approach adds color and is stylistically very important. Plus, it's fun and sounds hip! I strongly recommend that you play along with me and get a strong sense of how this sliding technique propels the comping forward and fits logically with the bass/drums.

What you play does not have to be complicated to greatly enhance the over all sound. Sometimes I am simply adding a 9th or an 11th to the chord and it creates added color very elegantly. The jazz rhythm section is essentially a kind of altruistic democracy where everyone contributes for the greater good of the group sound and cohesion. Your fellow musicians expect you to contribute richly and abundantly to make this happen! Practice these ideas at home by yourself and then you will be ready to apply them at the next rehearsal/jam session.

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