Learn the essentials of accompanying soloists and playing in jazz ensembles.
Comping is the practice of using chords to accompany a melody. Whether supporting a soloist, playing in an ensemble, or performing solo, this book will help you to use chords effectively and appropriately to create a rich jazz sound and enhance the sonority of your whole ensemble. It begins with triads and voice leading, and progresses through altered seventh-chord spread voicings for two hands, covering many different techniques for using harmony and rhythm. The accompanying CD lets you practice with a small jazz combo. Suitable for all major jazz styles.
You will learn:
- How to use basic jazz chords, from basic triads and seventh chords through tension substitutions
- Advanced jazz harmonies, such as quartal voicings, upper-structure triads, and altered tensions
- Ways of moving between chords, such as voice leading and guide tones
- Voicings appropriate to various types of instrumentation and styles
- Comping rhythms in various meters and time feels
- Techniques for backing up soloists and participating in ensembles Common jazz forms and arrangement practices