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Jazz Guitar: Rhythm Comping
Jazz Guitar: Rhythm Comping
In a jazz setting the guitarist is often in an accompanying or “comping” role. Many nights I have been on a bandstand with an amazing big band looking out over a sea of dancers on the dance floor as I play this style of comping. It can be a very fun and creative way to approach the guitar. One of the most popular jazz big bands was the Count Basie band and their guitarist, Freddie Green, developed this method of jazz guitar rhythm guitar playing. It is often called the “Freddie Green” approach to jazz rhythm guitar.

This lesson covers…

• Jazz Rhythm Guitar Concepts
• The Freddie Green Approach to Jazz Rhythm Guitar
• Jazz Chord Forms—Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th, Diminished
• Sample Chord Progressions to Practice

Armed with these chord forms you can play with any big band around. Get a black suit and you’ll be ready for your first jazz gig! Grab your guitar and let’s get started. - Steve Krenz

Steve plays a Gibson Custom L-5 CT in this lesson.

Steve Krenz
    Steve Krenz

As an instructor, Steve is best known for the top-selling guitar instruction course, Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar. He has helped thousands of students in over 95 countries across the globe to learn, improve, and master the guitar.

Steve's performing experience covers a large gamut, from playing guitar with the symphony orchestra, to jazz big bands, to performing with Grammy-winning artists like Donna Summer, Michael W. Smith, The Fifth Dimension, Israel Houghton, and Tommy Sims (producer, renowned bass player for Bruce Springsteen and co-writer of Eric Clapton's Grammy-winning song "Change the World").

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Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar Course     This Skills House Lesson was brought to you by the makers of Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar with Steve Krenz. Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar, the world's most in-depth home study course for guitar. Developed in partnership with Legacy Learning Systems, this 20-DVD course takes beginning players from the ultra-basics of guitar all the way through advanced skills training. It is truly years' worth of training in a single box, all presented in a simple step-by-step progression that anyone can follow on their path toward mastering the guitar. The Learn & Master Guitar course received the 2011 Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice GOLD Award for outstanding guitar instructional materials. Steve is also the author of the Learn & Master Blues Guitar DVD course with Legacy Learning Systems. For more information, go here!


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