Blues School: Comping Pattern #6

Sixth in the series… walking bass in the left hand and syncopated chords in the right hand that really swings…

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Blues School: Comping Pattern #5

Fifth in the series… a thick, bouncy, two-fisted shuffle… Continue reading

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Blues School: Comping Pattern #4

Fourth in the series… with a double-pump bass line, tasty chord voicings, and strong syncopation… great at slow to medium tempos… Continue reading

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Blues School: Comping Pattern #3

Third in the series of Blues comps… a bouncy, two-fisted shuffle… Continue reading

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Blues School: Comping Pattern #2

Second in the series of Blues comping styles… a double-pumping variation of Pattern #1 that works great at slow to medium tempos… Continue reading

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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. Here is the first in the series… Continue reading

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Blues School: Repeated Notes

Repeated notes are a great way to keep the time moving or to build excitement… Continue reading

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Blues School: Grace Notes

A great way to add some bluesy edge to your sound is to use blue notes as grace notes that slide into the chord tones. Continue reading

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Jazz School: ii7-V7-IM7: Basic Scale-Chord Pairings

Time and time again, you are going to rediscover that scales and chords are intimately inter-related. Knowing your chords helps you know your scales and knowing your scales helps you know your chords!
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Jazz School: The ii7-V7-IM7 Chord Progression: Basic Chord Voicings, Theory, & Ear Training

Here is the workhorse ii7-V7-IM7 chord progression in the key of C in its most basic form… with chord roots in the bass and closed position chords with voice leading… Continue reading

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