Taking off from my last lesson; jazz comping for beginner’s – we will start this lesson off with the notes of D♭ Major.
Being a Major scale we would apply the same extended chord formulas to each, being:
Major – minor – minor – Major – Dominant – minor – Diminished
If you are not familiar with this diatonic chord formula, please use the link at the top of the page to go back to the previous lesson.
Now, below is an ascending progression of the diatonic extended chords within D♭ Major (with a cheeky minor ♭13). Play through them and familiarize your self with the root notes of the chords and the way each chord is voiced.
Bonus: If your experienced with extended chords, try and play different chord shapes, inversions and extensions following the same notes of our ascending progression.
Now we know what chords to pick from, Let’s get to Comping!
Just like the last lesson, I will begin by showing different ways of playing the 2-5-1 progression in D♭.
This next example deviates away from our 2-5-1 progression to show you other possibilities. The chord shapes may require some practice but it’s not particularly difficult. The progression itself is very calming and well worth the effort of learning such extended chord shapes.
I used several similar chord shapes and intervals in the next exercise but with a couple of trickier shapes.
When playing the G♭Maj7, use your index finger to hit both the 2nd fret on the low E string and the 1st fret of the high e string. To do this you will need to angle your index finger as if it were a diagonal bar. This also applies to the Cmin7(♭5) so focus on switching between these two chords if you struggle at this point of the progression.
And to finish off our comping lesson in D♭ is our little challenge below 😀
Hope you enjoy playing the progressions I have made 🙂 If you like, try adding your own unique style to enhance the soundscape.
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