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Blues Shuffle Comping

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Jazz Piano Comping

October 4, 2015

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Bill Hilton

More on comping in my book: http://bit.ly/billsbook .

This video is a piano tutorial based around a comping exercise. If you want to improve your pop piano comping, it’s really important to take on chord progressions that are a bit more complicated. This loop isn’t really difficult to play once you’re sat down at the keyboard, but it should help you start thinking a bit more about what you can do with more complex chords on the piano.

As with previous tutorials and piano comping exercises, I start fairly simply and let the complexity build. If you’re new to doing this sort of thing on the piano, or you’re not sure about some of the more basic comping and improvisation techniques, check out some of my earlier piano tutorials. Those tutorials will also help you if you’re a bit unsure about chords and harmony – it’s really essential that you at least grasp the basics of how chords work if you’re going to get anyway with comping at the keyboard.

Since people keep asking, the piano I’m using to record these tutorials is a Yamaha DGX-630!

Bill Hilton

Check out my book! http://bit.ly/billsbook.

Here’s a pop piano comping exercise that’s quite fun to play. It’s based on five simple chords (C, Dm, F, G and Am) and a right hand part that just uses the notes C, F and G. It sounds pretty cool and isn’t at all difficult to learn.

Most pop comps you’ll ever play on the piano will be based on fairly simple chord progressions. The only slight hurdle you might have to overcome is making sure you can comp in a variety of difference keys – especially “guitar friendly” keys like E, A, D and G. So once you’ve mastered this sequence in C, try transposing it into some other keys and seeing what you can do.

As with all piano techniques, the trick here is to play over and over again until this stuff just falls under your fingers without you even having to think about it. You need to get to a point where your fingers are doing the thinking for themselves at the keyboard. When that happens, you’ll find you unconsciously begin to change and develop the exercise until you’re playing comps of your own.

If you’re not sure about the basics of chords and how harmony works on the piano, check out some of my earlier tutorials.

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http://www.freejazzlessons.com/ Free Jazz Piano Lesson on two handed comping chords.

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Check out my book! http://bit.ly/billsbook.

Here’s a pop piano comping exercise that’s quite fun to play. It’s based on five simple chords (C, Dm, F, G and Am) and a right hand part that just uses the notes C, F and G. It sounds pretty cool and isn’t at all difficult to learn.

Most pop comps you’ll ever play on the piano will be based on fairly simple chord progressions. The only slight hurdle you might have to overcome is making sure you can comp in a variety of difference keys – especially “guitar friendly” keys like E, A, D and G. So once you’ve mastered this sequence in C, try transposing it into some other keys and seeing what you can do.

As with all piano techniques, the trick here is to play over and over again until this stuff just falls under your fingers without you even having to think about it. You need to get to a point where your fingers are doing the thinking for themselves at the keyboard. When that happens, you’ll find you unconsciously begin to change and develop the exercise until you’re playing comps of your own.

If you’re not sure about the basics of chords and how harmony works on the piano, check out some of my earlier tutorials.

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