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An Approach to Comping, Volume 2: Advanced Concepts and Techniques

Approach to CompingThe second workbook in this series, each of which can be used alone, An Approach to Comping: Advanced Concepts and Techniques delves deeper into some of the topics covered in the first volume, The Essentials, and offers new approaches. The books address comping language as practiced by 13 pianists with 25 complete comping transcriptions, accompanied by more than 100 comping exercises. Included is a comp-along CD with piano-less tracks that correspond to the comping transcriptions in the workbook.

An Approach to Comping, Volume 2, Advanced Concepts and Techniques, by Jeb Patton, Sher Music Co., www.shermusic.com.

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An Approach to Comping: the Essentials, a Guide to Jazz Accompanying

an approach to compingComping is a term used to describe how a pianist (or other chordal instrumentalist) plays chords in a rhythm that propels and supports a soloist. Author and pianist Jeb Patton of Local 802 (New York City) says that this is the type of book he searched for when he first started playing jazz. It is meant as an aid to aspiring jazz musicians, uncovering some of the mysteries behind comping. It reveals what happens in the background—the groove, the backdrop, the rhythmic conversation, and the colors behind the soloist—and underscores the piano player’s role in comping. Two included CDs provide demonstration and comp-along tracks to help you learn techniques by playing along.

An Approach to Comping: the Essentials, a Guide to Jazz Accompanying, by Jeb Patton, www.shermusic.com.