Here’s a comping exercise for a jazz blues in G.
The chords are pretty straightforward, some remarks though:
- Bar 5-6: there’s some contrary motion going on here. The bass goes from c to c# (upward motion), while the d of C9 goes to the c# (downward motion) of C#°7. Contrary motion in voice leading sounds nice.
- Bar 8: B°7 is the same chord as E7(b9), so the voice leading goes from #9 to b9 to the 5 of Am7.
- Bar 10: Sus chords are a nice way to delay and bring extra motion to dominant chords.
- Bar 11: G13/F is the 3rd inversion of G13, a very useful voicing.
- Bar 11-12: the first 3 chords are on the beat, while the last 2 chords are off the beat. This brings a feeling of forward motion to the comping.
- Bar 14: this is a common Em7b5 voicing (=C9), followed by a E°7 (=C#°7).
- Bar 16: some chromatic slides going on here.
- Bar 21-22: a Wes Montgomery style chord lick.
- Bar 25: the turnaround is repeated twice as a coda.
- Bar 30: the bass note g is played by tapping the note on the fret board with the index finger of the right hand.
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