Jazz Comping Chords – How To Play Two Handed Comping Chords (Rootless)

When I was first learning jazz I searched for a long time trying to find a good book or a method to learn how to comp in a jazz rhythm section.

Sadly, there isn’t a ton of information out there on this subject.

How To Comp

It’s vitally important for everybody to learn how to comp behind another soloist.  In my opinion you get most of your gigs based off how good you make others sound! (video lesson below)

I wanted to help you all get started on this journey in an easier way than I had to learn. (Sitting for countless hours transcribing Miles Davis.

Now, there is an awesome transcription software program available but I didn’t have that when I was first learning.)

None the less, I think you’ll enjoy this new video lesson I just made. I’m going to teach you how to comp using two handed jazz chord voicings.

I play a couple choruses on the blues and then I break down every voicing I play.  Good luck with it and let me know what you think!

Bonus: Here’s a free MP3 of the jazz blues track I play on top of.  Bb Blues

Update: Here’s an even newer lesson that really breaks down how to play these types of jazz comping chords. In addition, we apply to the jazz tune Autumn Leaves.


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  • Anonymous

    Finally !!!! You have no idea how long i’ve been looking for something like this…and for free too!!!! Thanx!!!

    • Glad you’re enjoying the material!

    • Steve Nixon (freejazzlessons)

      Thanks for your comments derhenno.  It was a lot of fun making this video!

      • AzuDan

        Hello bro please let the exercise or video be written too on the staff, I mean transcribed. Thanks. You are doing a great job .

  • Anonymous

    Good lessons, thank you. I would really like to see a montuno lesson when you have time.

  • moody

     Thanks a lot! It’s seems to be so ease when somebody explain it properly! You are doing a great job, thanks again!

    • No problem.  It’s was a fun lesson to teach and to share 🙂

      • moody

        Is this strategy suitable for another kind of chord progression or only for blues based on 7-th? Can we use this strategy for II-V-I progression?
        Thanks a lot for your answer.
        P.S.: sorry for my English:)

  • Brian

    Excellent video, Steve!!!  Thank you so much for generously sharing your talents. The world needs more people like you!!

  • Yuramarca

    such a great jazz piano lesson. Thanks a lot !

  • Glenn Michael

    Great lesson Steve. Would you happen to have a PDF on this? Thank you in advance. 🙂

  • rahul

    That was a wonderful tutorial for the beginners like me. Thanks a lot Stieve.