30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar Comping

Burrell Blues Solo

Kenny Burrell Chord Solo Etude

In today’s lesson, we are going to be checking how to play a Kenny Burrell chord solo. Regular readers of Jamie Holroyd Guitar will know how keen I am on including practical etudes and examples of the chords you learn in this comping jazz guitar series. One of the best ways to develop our jazz More >

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10 Must Know I VI II V Substitutions

For today’s 30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar Comping lesson we’ll be checking out 10 must know I VI II V substitutions you can add over this common progression to give it some new spice.

This lesson will be diving into more of the theory end than usual, but you can use all the following examples in More >

Bass Line Blues

How to Comp with Bass Lines: Blues Etude

In yesterday’s lesson we looked at how to comp with bass lines by seeing how bass lines over II-V-I’s and fit with different chords that have been investigated through this 30 day comping series.

Now that a firm grasp of comping over the II-V-I progression has been established, we can further our More >

II V I Bass Line With Chords

Comping with Bass Lines Guide

So far in the 30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar Comping series we’ve looked at a variety of chords you can use and how to apply them, but one topic we haven’t looked at until now is something that every guitarist will need to do sooner or later in their jazz guitar journeys; comping with bass lines.

An More >

C major scale close position voicings

How to Play Johnny Smith Style Closed Position Voicings

So far in this series we’ve looked at many different chord types such as Diminished, Quartal, Drop 2, Drop 3, and Inner String amongst others but no jazz guitar comping series would feel complete without looking at Johnny Smith closed position voicings.

Along with blistering single lines and More >

McCoy Tyner Vamp mine

McCoy Tyner Chords Etude

When it comes to quartal voicings, the pianist that instantly comes to everyone’s mind is the great McCoy Tyner. More often than not, McCoy Tyner chords are a mix of different quartal chords that we looked in yesterday’s 4th voicings lesson. This style of mixing outside quartal inversions was shown More >

2nd Inversion  Quartal Harmony

How to Play 4th Voicing Chords on Guitar

In today’s instalment of the 30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar Comping series we’ll be digging into another one of my favourite topics, how to play 4th voicing chords on guitar.

4th voicings or quartal chords as they are sometimes referred to are used by a range of guitarists such as Ed Bickert, Lenny More >

Chord Lick 1

3 Must Know V-I Jazz Guitar Chord Licks

For today’s instalment of the 30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar Comping series we are going to be checking out three V-I jazz guitar chord licks that you can add to your vocabulary.

Learning chords and building up a solid chord vocabulary is essential for every guitarist to do when learning jazz More >

Phrase Chart

Better Your Guitar Phrasing and Chord Playing With Phrase Charts

Besides playing chord solos, chords can be used in conjunction with single line soloing which is particularly effective if you’re playing solo, duo or without someone else comping behind you and can make you a better jazz guitarist. Combing chords and single lines this way will also help you More >

Inner String Movement

Spice Up Your Voicings With George Van Eps Style Chords

In today’s instalment of the 30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar Comping program we’ll be checking out how to add cool pianist technique called inner string movements or George Van Eps Style Chords to our chord voicing’s on the guitar

Inner string movement is simply moving notes within a ‘static’ More >

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