Autumn Leaves Comping – Lesson

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There are 2 main lesson goals in this 5 chorus Autumn Leaves Comping Package. The first video is a way of showing how you can go from full voicings with bass notes to rootless voicings that are more flexible. This is done gradually and also demonstrates what is possible with the smaller chords. The second video is a 2 chorus demonstration of some of the different devices and chord types I use when comping Autumn Leaves.

The lesson video that analyses the transcription has a focus on several topics listed below. I am also going to discuss some thoughts on when to play a lot and when not to, plus some general thoughts on the role you have when playing behind a soloist. It is afterall important to be aware of when you fill everything up and when you lay back or even stop playing.

Description

There are 2 main lesson goals in this 5 chorus Autumn Leaves Comping Package. The first video is a way of showing how you can go from full voicings with bass notes to rootless voicings that are more flexible. This is done gradually and also demonstrates what is possible with the smaller chords. The second video is a 2 chorus demonstration of some of the different devices and chord types I use when comping Autumn Leaves.

The lesson video that analyses the transcription has a focus on several topics listed below. I am also going to discuss some thoughts on when to play a lot and when not to, plus some general thoughts on the role you have when playing behind a soloist. It is afterall important to be aware of when you fill everything up and when you lay back or even stop playing.

Contents of the solo and analysis

  • Learning Rootless voicings
  • Developing Comping strategies
  • Different types of comping
  • Comping rhythms
  • Voicing choices for the song and the tempo
  • How to comp in longer phrases

The download includes:

  • 5 chorus Performance in 2 videos
  • 47 min analysis lessons
  • PDF/GuitarPro Transcription
  • Mp3 Backing track
  • Mp3 Performance

I hope you can use the lesson as an etude and as inspiration for your own comping on Autumn Leaves. The techniques and ideas I discuss in this lesson of course also works on other jazz standards. I also hope that the analysis serves as food for thought on how to both accompany and listen to jazz performances.