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Lesson List:
  • How to Hold the Guitar - Part 1
  • How to Hold the Guitar - Part 2
  • How to Hold the Guitar - Part 3
  • Caring for Your Guitar
  • Parts of the Guitar
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 1
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 2
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 3
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 4
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 6
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 7
  • Right Hand - Part 1
  • Right Hand - Part 2
  • Right Hand - Part 3
  • Left Hand - Part 1
  • Left Hand - Part 2
  • Left Hand - Part 3
  • Left Hand - Part 4
  • Left Hand - Part 5
  • Left Hand - Part 6
  • Guitar Tab
  • Basic Minor Guitar Chords - Overview
  • Basic Minor Guitar Chords – C Minor
  • Basic Minor Guitar Chords - G Minor
  • The F Chord - Part 1
  • The F Chord - Part 2
  • Barre Chords - Part 1
  • Barre Chords - Part 2
  • “I Know You Rider” - Analysis Part 1
  • “I Know You Rider” - Analysis Part 2
  • “I Know You Rider” - Performance
  • “I Know You Rider” - Variations
  • “Amazing Grace” - Performance
  • “Frankie and Johnny” – Analysis Part 1
  • “Frankie and Johnny” – Analysis Part 2
  • “Frankie and Johnny” - Performance
  • 7th Guitar Chords - Part 1
  • 7th Guitar Chords - Part 2
  • Barre Chords – Part 3: A Shape Majors
  • Barre Chords – Part 4: Minor Chords
  • Major 7th Guitar Chords - Part 1
  • Major 7th Guitar Chords - Part 2
  • Major 7th Guitar Chords - Part 3
  • Minor 7th Guitar Chords - Part 1
  • Minor 7th Guitar Chords - Part 2
  • Minor 7th Barre Chords
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Analysis Part 1
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Analysis Part 2
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Analysis Part 3
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Performance
  • Using a Capo - Part 1
  • Using a Capo - Part 2
  • Using a Capo - Part 3
  • Using a Capo - Part 4
  • Using a Capo - Part 5
  • Using a Capo - Part 6
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 1
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 2
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 3
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 4
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 5
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 6
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 7
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 8
  • 2 Note Boogie-Woogie
  • Self Accompaniment
  • The B Chord
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Guitar Chords
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Guitar Melody
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Performance
  • “Darlin Cory” - Analysis
  • “Darlin Cory” - Performance
  • “Salty Dog” - Analysis
  • “Salty Dog” - Performance
  • “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” - Analysis
  • “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” - Performance
  • How to Change a Guitar String
  • Fingerpicking - Part 1
  • Fingerpicking - Part 2
  • Fingerpicking - Part 3
  • “Peggy O” - Analysis
  • “Peggy O” – Performance
  • Alternate Tunings
  • “Darlin Cory” - Performance
  • “Salty Dog” - Analysis
  • “Salty Dog” - Performance
  • “Can’t Lie Awake” by Scott Law - Performance
  • Intro to other ArtistWorks Guitar Schools

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Guitar Lessons with Andreas Oberg: Jazz Comping
Oct 7

In this sample lesson from his online guitar school, Andreas Oberg breaks down jazz guitar comping. An abbreviated term for accompanying, comping refers to playing the rhythm part while someone plays the lead melody or solo. Although it's not the main focus of the music, it's not something to be taken lightly. Comping is an integral part of any group performance.

It is very important to find the right balance when it comes to jazz comping. This means taking some space for yourself, but not too much - the idea is to back up the soloist while playing just enough… without it being too much. Good comping will enhance the lead guitarist and help to build up intensity in the music. Bad comping however, will distract from the melody and derail the soloist.

Understanding syncopation and where to land your strumming is a crucial aspect of jazz guitar comping. Syncopation is an art unto itself, so it is very important to learn how to use it in your jazz comping. If you just land your notes on the same standard beats every time, like quarter notes for example, it will sound extremely boring to the listener.