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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: 2-5-1 and 2-5-1-6 Comping

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Jazz Basics 2-5-1 and 2-5-1-6 Comping.
I'm going to speak a little bit
about comping and when I comp,
when I play behind a solo player,
or behind another
musician it's important to find
a good groove to make it swing, and
also it's very important how you
actually harmonize the chords.
How you create like a melody line, on,
on top like if I have a 2-5-1,
D minor G7, C major.
There's many nice ways of doing it.
I can start.
With a, A on top like this.
B minor chord, D minor 7.
Maybe go into a G13.
Keeping the same note on top.
Then maybe C6.
Maybe I can do like a D minor 9 11.
With G on top, and
I keep the same note on top, B 13.
And then C6, 9.
Maybe alter it a little bit.
G13 sharp 11.
13 sharp 9.
C 6 9.
Go the other way.
G7 sharp 5.
sharp 11.
So, a really good way of practicing is
playing around these changes 2-5-1.
Trying to find a good melody line.
Let's start up here.
D minor, D minor 9 chord up here.
Then I might go into G7, flat 9.
With a, a A sharp 5.
And then C major 9.
Or maybe even.
9 13 flat 9.
Ha big stretch.
This is a G 7 sharp 5.
With a third on top.
Then you can
start adding maybe
the the sixth
dominant chord, the A7.
Maybe do listen.
Something like that where you can start
go, just try to go all the way
ascending or descending.
Let's start on any note.
Let's start here.
You can also play these changes in time.
And trying to play into some
interesting stuff rhythmically
imagining that you're playing
behind the solo player.
Same progression.
As you may noticed, I didn't use the ro,
root of the chord at all times.
Some times you can use,
use some voicings on playing on
the top four strings of the guitar.
And some times you can
use the root down here.
Or maybe.
It's important to find a good
melody line on top.
So you don't do like this.
It really sound weird.
So as you can hear,
it's much better to, imagine,
a melody and try to while comping,
while creating chords,
still have, a melody,
in mind, in the top voice.
I also did a quite a few chromatic
approaches chromatic approaches.
Instead of just playing
the chord like this.
I might go.
Approaching the chord
from a half step below.
I can also do this from half step above.
Something like that.
You can practice this and you can
play along with the backing track for
the 2-5-1 and the 2-5-1-6 instead
of soloing you can use chords.
And send me a video when
you are practicing this, so
I can see what you're doing and
I can some feedback.
That's the whole point about this site.
All right.
Thank you.