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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Steve Nixon