Comping is an important jazz guitar skill that doesn't get talked about enough until there's a problem. And even then, the advice on what to do is pretty limited.
We've talked before about how when we’re playing jazz guitar, chords are our main job.
Whether you're playing by yourself, whether you're playing in a band, or you're playing a duo with another musician, our main job is how we play our chords in rhythm and in time. That’s where comping comes in.
Comping is also potentially confusing at first, especially if you come from another style of music (which you probably do).
If you've been playing rock or country or blues or anything other than jazz before, you probably have a lot of ideas on how to strum your chords, and good patterns that you can use - but none of them probably sound like jazz.
In this lesson, we're gonna take a look at what comping is, some strategies you can use to get started, and then finally, how to take your jazz comping to the next level so you can be creative with it.
All right, let's dive in.
Playing chords is going to be the most important part for playing jazz guitar for most of us.
Usually whether you're playing on your own or whether you're playing in some kind of band, you're going to be playing chords as your main job when you are a jazz guitar player.
Because of this, learning how to read jazz guitar chords is a really important skill for you to have.
Understanding the chord symbols (which is how composers write and make it so that we know what chord we're supposed to play), reading the chord diagrams, (which is how to put your fingers in the right spots to make the chords), and then also reading the chord charts (which is how our guitar music typically is written down).
Okay, so in this lesson we're going to talk about:
So let's dive in.