How to Do Comping and Chord Voicing On Jazz Blues Progression

Here´s some cool chord voicing and comping for jazz blues! Hope you like it. And please don´t forget to check out the latest DVD from Jon!

Hey, how’s it going this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, I want to show you some jazz voicing today, a real cool way of comping through a blues. This is from Miles Davis, “All Blues”, from his album “Kind of Blue”, great jazz album.


What I do is I start with my thumb here. We’re playing over G7 and I use my thumb on the low string and then I play the 3rd fret, 3rd fret, 3rd fret and it’s G minor 7 and I quick hammer into the G7, that’s the first part.

And then I move that up a whole step to 5, 5, 5 and then, 7, 7, 6. And this
just looks like the little A minor triad up here. And then pop. Then I come back and hit that bass note, G, and play this chord shape, which is 5, 5, 5.

Let’s start over. So it’s in 6. It’s like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. If you want to go to the IV chord just make this… And back. A real cool way.

You’ve got to develop a little bit of a reach and ability to be able to play chords and then have a bass, like this. Thumb, use of the thumb. Some people that’s hard for them, but I encourage you to get into it because it enables you to do so many cool things and get a very desirable sound.

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