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Gig Savers: Killer Comping

A Basic Guide

By Corey Christiansen

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Guitar (all) - Beginning
A Basic Guide. Composed by Corey Christiansen. Saddle-stitched, Rhythm/Backup. Gig Savers. Jazz. Book. 16 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20076).

Item Number: MB.20076

ISBN 9780786663637. Jazz. 5.5 x 8 inches.

This Mel Bay Gig Saver gives aspiring guitarists ideas about jazz guitar accompaniment in a brief, affordable, yet informative fashion. In jazz, the term "comping" means to accompany, and in some cases, to complement. It is the job of the harmonic instrument (guitar) to provide a background for other musicians to improvise against or a singer to sing against. The idea, when comping, is to make the other musicians comfortable while they play and to help their solos feel "complete." This book gives the guitarist a number of chord shapes and rhythms that can be used when comping in the style of Freddie Green, and in bebop and later styles. There are also blues progressions and an etude to practice applying the concepts.

  • Freddie Green Chords 
  • Lowest Note on 6th String 
  • Lowest Note on 5th String 
  • Freddie Blues 1 
  • Freddie Blues 2 
  • Major Seventh Chords 
  • Minor Seventh Flat Five/Half Diminished Chords 
  • Minor Sixth Chords 
  • Minor Nine 
  • Minor Eleven 
  • Seventh 
  • Seventh Flat Five 
  • Seventh Sharp Five 
  • Seventh Flat Nine 
  • Seventh Sharp Nine 
  • Seventh Flat Five Flat Nine 
  • Seventh Flat Five Sharp Nine 
  • Seventh Sharp Five Flat Nine 
  • Seventh Sharp Five Sharp Nine 
  • Ninth 
  • Eleventh 
  • Thirteenth 
  • Diminished Seventh 
  • Augmented Seventh 
  • Two-Measure Rhythms 
  • Comping Blues 1 
  • Comping Blues 2 
  • Satin Comping 
  • Autumn Comping 

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