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Watch the Preparatory Exercises online guitar lesson by Sean McGowan from Walking Bass & Comping for Jazz Guitar

Before we get started on the études, let's learn some essential left and right hand techniques we'll need before playing multiple parts in time. These exercises will help you develop independence between the bass and chord parts, achieve different articulations, and build a solid swing time feel. The exercises start out very simply by using the thumb, and then add chord voicings and rhythms with a "claw" technique, that gradually increase in difficulty and syncopation.