Blues School: Comping Pattern #1


Blues improvisation is not just about soloing. It’s also about having a diverse set of comping styles in your bag.

This lesson is an opportunity to get familiar with some chord voicings for the “big three” chords (I-IV-V) and to work on your left-right coordination.

FYI: The left hand here is sometimes called the “chop”.


Study-Practice Notes

  • Don’t forget to shuffle the dotted quarters and eighth notes.
  • Never throw your hands at the keys. Use a prepared attack and let gravity do the work by dropping the weight of your arms/hands/fingers into each chord with just enough support to keep your hands and fingers from collapsing.
  • No flams between the left and right hands!

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