I like the way you’re teaching, it’s meeting me at my level and encouraging me to progress. I think it’s well-developed, thank you."
- Ken M., Ireland
In previous courses, we focused on giving you the basic tools to jump right in and accompany other jazz musicians on the bandstand. In Comping 101, we began three main chord types: the ii chord, the V chord, and the I chord, otherwise represented by m7 chords, dominant 7 chords, and maj7 chords respectively.
Comping 102 expanded on all of these topics by taking your basic shells and altering their extensions; further fleshing out a more advanced “jazz” blues form; teaching you about cycles of fourths and their importance in jazz chord progressions; and showing you how to play “minor” ii-V-i progressions.
Now, in Comping 103, we’re going to turn what you know on its head. As guitarists, learning chord voicings based on finding the root on the 6th or 5th strings is like learning to swim with a life-jacket: it can help keep us afloat, but we eventually need to learn to let go if we want to become great at comping.
In Comping 102, we saw hints of what was to come when you learned how to practice your shell voicings without the root and when you learned Drop 2 chord voicings. Comping 103 is definitely a little more “sink-or-swim”, but don’t worry - Marc-André will be your lifeguard throughout the whole process, walking you through each video.
Keep in mind that comping, like most jazz disciplines, is based in improvisation. This means that you should definitely practice the exercises as they are, but to truly get the most out of this course, take specific techniques that you learn here and apply them to a real song in real time.
For now, have fun, and welcome to Jazz Guitar Comping 103!
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"Marc. I’m almost finished Comping 101, and I’m blown away by how much I’ve learned in a short space of time - maybe 5 weeks? I’ve learned all of these moveable voicings and chords. Now I just have to practice them over & over again till they become second nature. Thanks for this. You have put together such an easy to learn course and I’m very grateful, looking forward to digging into more and more knowledge from you"
- Danielle B., Canada
"I've always been weak at playing chords and making clean changes. But I do see an improvement already In two weeks. I believe it's from starting with basic shell shapes combined with the design of your Comping course and the structure of your practice routine. I've never practiced or worked on anything with such a defined plan. You've laid it all out very logically and precisely. Overall, so far....impressive. Great course(s)."
- Ivan, Canada
"I am fairly new to theory, been playing basic jazz chords for years, with full extensions just to add colours to my music. I have found your explanations excellent. I feel more confident in my playing already, i can understand more what is going on and now I can even add more to my playing, even after a few lessons."
- Doug, Canada