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Chord Comping

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Swingin' the Blues > Chord Comping

This is the third lesson of Duke Robillard's Swingin' the Blues series of swing guitar lessons. The goal for this series is to transition a player familiar with standard 12 bar blues to more melodic and complex jazzy blues / swing guitar chords, comping and soloing. In Lesson 3, Duke focuses on jazz guitar comping: punctuating within a chord progression to add rhythmic and harmonic variation.  Duke discusses: 1. similarities between jazz guitar comping and jazz piano comping 2. variations of the I (Bb7) chord leading the the IV chord 2. picking technique 3. using the sharp 9 and flat 9 as passing chords 4. history of 9th and 7th chords chords in blues and early jazz and 4. using chords to create melodic lines

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Swing Guitar

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:58 Breakdown of Chord Comping

Loop 5:50 Practice 1 Example


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 11:31 Practice 2 Example

Loop 12:59 Bass Jam Track for Practice 1

Loop 14:02 Bass Jam Track for Practice 2





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Michael Dec 30, 2018

Great !

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 14, 2019

Thanks Michael, Glad you're enjoying it! Duke 

Paul Hoffman
Paul Hoffman Sep 01, 2017

Thanks Duke, from a fellow Rhode Islander.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 14, 2019

Thanks Paul

Marc Meraz
Marc Meraz Feb 03, 2017

Maestro Duke excellent video it's an honor to see and learn from a jazz virtuoso. This will be great new chapter in my life learning jazz from the great. Again I thank you and Sonic Junction for such a Mojo experience. Your loyal sponge Marc Meraz..

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 14, 2017

Thanks Mark, I am happy you are getting results from my lessons! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 14, 2019

Thank You Marc! Duke 

mark seres
mark seres Aug 25, 2016

Hey Duke !

I'm with Bruce..... here from the link also. Beautiful chords, beautiful lesson, GORGEOUS Gibson. Please keep these swing videos up for us, it may take a while to digest. A wonderful surprise. Thanks to you all.

Best, Mark ( from Western Australia ) 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 14, 2017

mark, I will surely keep them coming! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jun 14, 2016

Hey Duke!

I got to this lesson via the link from the chords page for Route 66 (which is a great lesson!) and my head just about exploded when I watched it. There's about 50 million great things to learn in this lesson!  I just wish (cough, cough...Mike...) that the video and tab was in the modern format so I could more easily slow it down to play along with. All those new chords will take a while to get comfortable with. 

Anyway, I'm so glad this lesson was sitting here waiting for me! I really need to go through these older lessons and catch up on everything I missed. Thanks Duke!



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Aug 23, 2015

Mark, I hope that mike got it sraightened out for you. Duke


mark vincenzo
mark vincenzo Aug 23, 2015

video keeps buffering, want to join,but i just spent 15 min. on 1 free lesson and never finished. maybe its my laptop,i dont know? mark vinnyblues@gmail.com

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Aug 23, 2015

Hi Mark --- thanks for the message.  The lessons load fine for us --- it's most likely you internet connect (not your laptop)

--- what type of internet connection do you have?

--- was anyone else online / using your connection while you were trying to watch the lesson?

Please let me know via the Contact Us page and we will get it solved for you.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 22, 2014

Great Chris, and Thank you! Duke 

Christopher Faulk
Christopher Faulk Jul 21, 2014

Duke, I just want to say thank you. I've been wanting to get swing under my fingers for a long time and you've really made it easy for me to do that. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me. I will upload videos a bit later. But thank you. 

bob Jun 11, 2013

Duke this is the perfect lesson for me.  I've been searching searchin, for this.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 20, 2012

You're very welcome mike!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 19, 2012

Hi Duke,

I love these chords!  Thanks for the great lesson.



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