Jazz Piano Comping Voicings & Rhythms
One of the most important things to remember is that "Comping" is shorthand for ‘accompanying." It is a subordinate role in the band. You’re job here is to support the soloist by providing a rich harmonic background for them to play or to sing over. You should never get in the soloists way, but instead complement their lines & musical ideas.
In this lesson I’m going to break down the core principles for jazz piano comping. In the first half of the video we will discuss the types of voicings that are suited to comping and then we’ll apply these to both major and minor 251 progressions. Throughout the tutorial we’ll be applying the concepts to the well-known jazz standard ‘Autumn Leaves’.
In the second half of the tutorial we will discuss some rhythmic elements of comping. I’ll start off by introducing the Charleston rhythm and then we will also look at displacing rhythms, anticipating chords, adding passing chords & developing secondary melodies.
The Charleston rhythm is always a good choice for comping, listen to some recordings of Red Garland on YouTube or Spotify – he uses this rhythm frequently and he plays it with a beautifully delicate and light touch. Remember to displace the rhythm.
Comping Lesson Supplement File Type: pdf