F Blues Comping Etude #2 – Riffs and Rhythm

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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.

This lesson is for the biggest part about creating and using these riff rhythms, but to make it easy to work with them.

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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.

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