Jazz School: Major Blues: 12-Bar Comping Pattern #8

Eighth 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) Two-fisted five-note voicings in syncopated rhythm, (2) Left Hand = Root+b7 or Root+3, (3) Right Hand = b7 or 3 on bottom, color tone (either 9 or 13) in the middle, Root or 5 on top, (4) all connected by voice leading, (5) Don’t forget to swing the eighth notes!

Interpretation: (1) Be sensitive to the 3-phrases form, (2) Be aware of the underlying 4 beat pulse in each bar.

Technique Tips: (1) Adjust the shape of your right hand to naturally fit the shape of each chord, (2) No flams between left and right hand, (3) Use a prepared attack, (4) Have some arm and hand momentum and work with gravity.

learn more… Jazz School: Major Blues: 12 -Bar Comping Pattern #9 (let Frank Know if you’d like to see more advanced comping ideas)

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