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Ascending & Descending Comping Exercises

I have always been a big fan of limiting exercises. For example, I have heard Jim Hall, Mick Goodrich, and John Abercrombie talk about practicing improvising on only one string, or a pair of strings. Placing restrictions while practicing is … Continue reading

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Line Cliché, Chromatic Cliché or C.E.S.H. Voicings.

The term CESH (Contrapuntal Elaboration of Static Harmony) scared the bejesus out of me when I first read it. The what of what? After I initially balked at the language, I found the idea to be both familiar and usable. … Continue reading

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Down the Pipe: A Jazz Ending

Years ago I was playing jazz with an old timer. Largely due to the fact that I am starting to get into old timer territory myself, I use that term carefully and respectfully. Anyhow, getting near the end of a … Continue reading

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Comping Jazz Part One: Fill in the Blanks

The word comp comes from accompany or compliment. Playing a supportive role to a soloist or vocalist shouldn’t be seen as a dull or mundane duty. It is in fact very rewarding and challenging. It is another form of improvisation … Continue reading

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Some ideas for bands with both guitar and piano

When I began playing in groups with pianists, I quickly realized that there are some special considerations that need to be taken into account. The problems I encountered were that piano and guitar often have the same function. We also … Continue reading

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Jazz Comping using three note voicings on Guitar

Introducing the meat and potato voicings. I thought I would share with you a true Swiss army knife of comping chords. Decades ago, when I first started learning jazz, these were the first voicings I learned. I still use them … Continue reading

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Jazz up your Blues

I thought about calling this post ”Introduction to Non-diatonic (Chromatic) Chord Substitution by Adding root movement”, but ”Jazz up you blues” sounded so much sexier. So today’s jazzing up is all about transforming a simple 12 bar blues. Make no … Continue reading

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