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Chord Comping

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Route 66 > Chord Comping

Hello Folks, this lesson covers the riffs in between the vocal lines for Route 66 along with some cool chords to play on the vocal verses. We will also work on the stop time verse before the solo section. Then we go on to learn some cool chords to play behind the solo section then back to the final stop time verse leading to the cool tag ending with nice chords that echo the repeat of the tag.

This is taken from Nat Coles original version but has my own twist on it.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Route 66
Nat King Cole

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:50 Breakdown of Chords and Rhythm to Route 66

Loop 12:22  2 Chorus Run-Through (Stop Time, Walk Up and Turnaround Chords)


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 13:18 Comping During the Solo


Note: Swinging the Blues Lesson 3 has some additional great chords and comping ideas.


Loop 16:20 Final Verse

Loop 16:56 Ending

Loop 18:44 Closing Thoughts






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Mark Jul 30, 2019


When I practice rhythm by myself I tend to play a chord and then strum the muted strings to keep time. Is this a really bad habit ? So for example if there are four beats to the bar and I am hitting the chord on two and four but hitting the muted strings in between.  I suppose when I play with a band I don't do this. Should I practice with a metronome instead ?  I do want to go into the recording studio soon and I want to get rid of any bad habits . Thx for your reply

Rand Hyden
Rand Hyden Dec 21, 2016

I'm sorry my timing is a little off on the chord changes during the part of the verse

Bmaj7   Am7              Bm7         this where I lose it there is (Notes only) B , Bb  (F,C# and G together twice) and then A  Then back to the Am7 chord

Gallup New mexico,  Flagstaff Arizona, don't forget Winona Kingman barstow San bernadino

If you could map the words to the chord changes for this short part even I can get it. Thanks for you patience.


I'm sorry I know this kind of dumb but I can't get the chord changes here to match the vocal line

Rand Hyden
Rand Hyden Dec 14, 2016


I'm having a little trouble connecting the lyrics to the chords changes during  Gallup New mexico,  Flagstaff Arizona, don't forget Winona Kingman barstow San bernadino Could you spell it out for me?

Thank you


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 21, 2016

Hi Rand, I'm not sure what you mean by spell it out for you? Could you explain you question in more detail?  Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 12, 2015

Charlie, I'll see if Mike can post the formation I use of the sharp 11 chord. Duke

charlie Apr 13, 2015

Thanks so much Duke. Sounds so cool, would love to get it in my arsenal!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 12, 2015

Thanks Matthew, I will consider a lesson on that. I am rather limitted myself on doing chord solos though. Duke

charlie Apr 10, 2015

Anyone know how to play the sharp 11 chord being used at the end (just after the 11th minute)? Sounds so cool but I can't get it

Matthew Jul 16, 2014

Hi Duke,

Your choice of chord voicings are superb workmanlike 'grips' . Anyone who encounters these here is lucky as it's taken me a good while to unlearn awkward voicings and economise. Playing and singing was my catalyst for this. I'm one of those guitarists that genetically can't bend the thumb over for base notes I guess thats why I'm comfortable wearing the gtr fairly high ala classical, despite this I pretty well utilise many of your voicings. I'm loving the chromatic/sliding chord movement something that drives on your recordings. An area I'd like to see a lesson on with chorded solos and part chorded solos you know the Wes thing. One for your list? 

Thanks again Matthew (Downunder)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 21, 2016

Hi Matthew, Thanks, I don't really do anything I would consider Wes Style but i am certainly an admirerer of his playing. Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 15, 2014

Otis, I'll put that on my list of possibilities. Thanks, Duke

RJ Mar 14, 2014

Hey, Duke,

I am really enjoying your lessons.  Any chance you can do a lesson on Straighten Up And Fly Right?  I would love to learn the chord comping on that one.


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Sep 09, 2013

Hi John ... welcome to Sonic Junction.  Good question.  There are two ways to stop a loop

1. hit the ESC key

2. click on the A / B points on the bottom right side of the video player

If you have ideas / suggestions for making it easier / more intuitive, we would definitely consider them.  Enjoy Duke and great to have you a part of Sonic Junction.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 08, 2013

Hi John, That is a question for Mike. I'm sure he will inform you. Thanks and welcome to Sonic-Junction! Duke 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 23, 2013

Hi Carles ... thanks for the feedback.  You're right, the two chords should be a Bdim7 and Adim7.  We will update the chart this week.

carles Mar 14, 2013


I don't see why you name chords Eb9 and Db9 like that as shown in the drawing without the 3rd, the 5th or the b7th and being the notes the b6, the 4th, the 7th and the 9th.



Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 10, 2012

Hi Peter ... You're right!  

I've updated the lesson.  Thanks!


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 09, 2012

We will check on that Peter, Thanks, Duke

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