As a follow up to yeserday’s Rhythm Changes comping lesson, here’s a cool full etude that demonstrates some of the techniques discussed over a full rhythm changes progression. Many of the comping and voice leading techniques in this lesson were shown to me by the fantastic jazz guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis.

While you may not perform this etude as a whole piece in a performance situation, it is a good idea to be aware of combing different comping approaches at the same time and seeing how they work. For example this etude showcases different chords such as spread triads, drop 3 and drop. All of which we need to be aware of so that we can use them in chord soloing, chord melodies, and and comping for other musicians.


Rhythm Changes Comping Etude

Things to Notice in This Etude


  • Use of spread triad voicings in bars 1 and 2
  • Shell Voicings in bars 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8
  • Passing Chords in the B section
  • Quartal Voicings over the F7 chord in the B section
  • Chromatically ascending and descending chords in the last A section


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