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Watch the Jazz Style Comping online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Guitar Interactives

PRINCIPLE 35 - JAZZ STYLE COMPING

I’ve written a minor Jazz blues progression to demonstrate an approach to playing Jazz rhythm guitar. The chord voicings I’ve chosen will push you further than a typical blues progression would and I think you’ll really dig how it sounds.

I’m using my thumb and fingers to pull out specific voicings within the chords and this also offers me a smoother defined sound. Some of the chord voicings have voices that move within the chords, to create decending melodic phrases and I’ve also employed b5 substitutions to create resolutions from a semitone above the tonic chord instead of the typical 5th above.

There is also the opportunity for you to add some nice 9ths to the minor chords and of course you can always look for a second guitar part with upper voicings if you fancy a challenge.