Country School: Two-Step Comping Pattern #1


First in a series of definitive sixteen-bar country piano two-step comping patterns…


Study-Practice Notes

  • Form: The most common country song form: 16 bars long, where each 16 bar chorus is divided into two 8 bar phrases, and where each 8 bar phrase is typically sub-divided into two 4 bar phrases.
  • Pattern Recognition: Chord root on beat 1 & chord 5 on beat 2 in your left hand, triads “strummed” on the up-beats (1&) and (2&).
  • Rhythm: Think, count, and feel this in “cut time”, two beats per measure: 1-&-2-&-1-&-2-&-etc.
  • Performance: Imagine that your left hand is the bass player and your right hand is the rhythm guitar. Relax into a deep, unhurried groove that makes people want to dance the two step!
  • Feedback: Don’t forget to record yourself. Does the recording sound like what you intended to play?
  • Technique: There is never any need to throw your hands at the keys. Use a prepared attack and simply allow gravity to drop the weight of your arms, hands, fingers into each note or chord.
  • Extensions: Using your knowledge of chord theory, play this pattern all keys you want to master (Suggested keys, those preferred by guitar players, are C, G, D, A, E).

learn more… Two-Step Comping Pattern #2