Take the A Train: Comping Rhythms

Jazz comping is not just about playing colorful chord voicings. It is also about establishing a rhythmic groove that complements the melody or soloist. This requires receptivity and sensitivity to the ebb and flow and phrasing (especially the spaces). Below is a by no means exhaustive set of rhythm patterns that you should consider adding to your bag. Experiment. Mix and match rhythms and incorporate other chord voicings or a walking bass lines to suit your own taste.


Comping Rhythm #1

Syncopation is an essential element in all of these patterns... Don't forget to swing the eighth notes!

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Comping Rhythm #2

Don't forget to swing the eighth notes!

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Comping Rhythm #3

The rests are as important as the sounds!

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Comping Rhythm #4

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Comping Rhythm #5

Notice that this pattern spans two bars...

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Comping Rhythm #6

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Comping Rhythm #7

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Comping Rhythm #8

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Comping Rhythm #9

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