This 2nd lesson on Blues comping on an F blues is based around using riffs and developing a way to take riffs through the form. If you listen to piano players like Wynton Kelly, Horace Silver or Red Garland you will often hear them take a specific pattern and repeat it to create an interesting groovy background for a soloist.
Using Riffs for Blues comping
This lesson is for the biggest part about creating and using these riff rhythms, but to make it easy to work with them I have included a small part where I go over how to reduce the chords to their 3rd and 7th + one melody note. This way of playing the chords yields a lot of voicings and we can still think about all these voicings as basically the same 3rd/7th with different melody notes.
In developing the riff there are 2 sections. One is a basic rhythm exercise that demonstrates 3 different rhythms that are strong choices to make riffs with. These are demonstrated in 3 choruses on the backing track.
The 2nd section is a 6 chorus demonstration that I have written out. This example demonstrates a lot of different options in playing riffs and in the lesson I discuss how the different examples work and why I play them the way I do in my comping.
The download includes:
- 6 chorus Performance with transcription
- 3 Chorus rhythm exercises
- 33 min Video Lesson with analysis
- PDF/GuitarPro Transcription of 6 choruses
- PDF/GuitarPro Transcription of exercises
- Mp3 Backing track
- Mp3 Performance track
- Performance Notes
Some topics I discuss:
- Creating Riff’s and using them on a Blues
- Numerous chord voicings from one chord base
- Rhythmical phrasing when comping
- Using rhythms to influence intensity of the song
- 1 and 2 bar comping patterns
- Using polyrhythms while comping
- When to stick to a riff and when to leave it
I hope you can use the lesson, exercises and transcription to get some inspiration for new comping ideas. I think this repeating riff idea is a good way to lay down a good groove for whoever you are playing behind and it is also a useful way to work on getting a larger rhythmic vocabulary.