Piano Chord Comping Tutorials and Techniques

Here’s an ongoing list of Comping Tutorial and Techniques for reading with lead sheets, writing your own music, or just messing around at the keyboard:

The Chord Doctor: Comping Class By David Cook “Let’s take a simple four-chord progression of Bb minor, Db major, Gb major, and F7 (it or ones like it have been used for decades in popular songs like Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”) and create different comping approaches.”

  • Singer songwriter comping: “I’m adding fourths along with thirds to inject color and variation into my chords.”
  • Fast Jazz: “voicings with a mix of clusters and quartal structures (chords built on fourths), playing them rhythmically to help spur a musical conversation amongst the band.”

How to comp chords – comping chords (Piano with Willie)

R&B Piano Chords Tutorial- How To Decorate Your Chord Progressions: “The chords in this lessons are all minor chords. Most of the time I’m playing the root of the chord in my left hand and the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th of the chord in my right hand. ”

 

Sheet Music Examples http://www.keyboardmag.com/funk/1300/the-subtle-art-of-rhythm-piano/28469

Pop Piano Chords and Playing Tricks:

The 10 Most Used Chord Progressions in Pop and Rock and Roll

CHORD SUBSTITUTIONS

Want to Write a Masterpiece? Here Are Some Chord Progressions to Get You Started 
I-V-IV and I-IV-V
i-VII-VI (key of A minor: Am-G-F).
I-V-vi-I-IV
Ragtime: I-VI-II-V-I

A 9-Second Method to Chord Substitutions

  • In the key of Cmaj
    I > vi (C -> Am7) — Play Cmaj with A/vi in Root
    IV -> ii (F ->Dm7) — Play Dmaj, F/ii in Root
    V -> iii (G -> Em) — Play Gmaj, Em in root

Can tritone substitutions really revolutionize your playing?

  • In key of C: G7 -> Db7

How to take advantage of the power and versatility of primary chords
VII –> ii (Bdim7 -> Dm7) — Play Bdim7 with D in the root

 

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