Watch the Bebop Comping online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles

In this section, Sheryl Bailey introduces you to essential bebop comping principles starting with chord templates and shell voicings. Sheryl will also guide you through three playalongs focused on four-to-the-bar comping to get your bebop comping skills up and running.

TIP! When you start to work on rhythm parts, remember that the number one thing you should be concerned with is staying in time! This might sound obvious, but sometimes it is easy to get distracted by trying to get a cool move or technique down and we forget about keeping it in time!

So always work on a rhythm part slowly at first, using a metronome to make sure the whole thing is staying in time. If you find one part where you keep losing time, then stop and just work on that part until you get it solid. Remember, rhythm is built from the ground up - so make sure you lay the foundation of a groove before you start to worry about all the fancy stuff!