Jazz School: Major Blues: 12-Bar Comping Pattern #1

First in a series of lessons that will progressively develop your Jazz Blues comping chops…

music notation showing a major 12 bar blues comping pattern

Study-Practice Notes

How to use these studies

Pattern Recognition: (1) Left Hand: Chord roots played on the strong beat in each bar (2) Right Hand. Closed position basic chord voicings connected by voice leading, all played on the strong beat in each bar.

Interpretation: Be sensitive to the 3-phase Blues form.

Technique: (1) Adjust the shape of your right hand to naturally fit the shape of each chord (2) No flams between your left and right hand (3) Use a prepared attack and work with gravity.

learn more… Jazz School: Major Blues: 12 -Bar Comping Pattern #2

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