Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Comping, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Knowing how to comp well is what will get you hired.…It's what makes people want to play with you…because it's how you make everyone else sound good.…The term comping comes from the work accompaniment.…When you're comping,…you're either accompanying yourself or a band mate…and you really want to do it well.…That means you need to have your chords together,…have your rhythmic feel happening,…and really listen to what's happening around you.…(blues piano music)…That's comping through the form using…dominant chord voicings played in a simple dotted…quarter note rhythm.…
Here's the rhythm again.…(blues piano music)…When you comp rhythmically,…it's important to really hear the rhythm you just played…so you can repeat it.…This simplifies the sounds and keeps the accompaniment…from getting the way of the soloist.…If you keep changing what you're playing,…it sounds too busy.…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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