Jazz School: Jazz Blues: Major Blues: 12-Bar Comping: Etude #4


Fourth in a series that will progressively develop your Jazz Blues comping chops…


Study-Practice Notes

How to use these studies

Pattern Recognition

  • Left Hand: Chord roots played in steady quarter notes.
  • Right Hand. Definitive Tones (3,b7) of each chord connected by voice leading, in a 2-bar syncopated rhythm.
  • Don’t forget to swing the eighth notes!


  • Be sensitive to the 3-phase Blues form.
  • Be aware of the underlying 4 beat pulse in each bar.


  • Adjust the shape of your right hand to naturally fit the shape of each chord.
  • No flams between left and right hand.
  • Used a prepared attack and let gravity to the work.

learn more… Jazz School: Jazz Blues: Major Blues: 12 -Bar Comping: Etude #5