to More Jazz Guitar Chords and Accompaniment! As a
continuation of my introductory book, Jazz Guitar Chords and
Accompaniment (ISBN: 1-891370-07-3), this book presents
additional common jazz guitar chords and voicings while mainly
focusing on comping—the most important element in jazz
accompaniment. Although this book is a sequel and studying Jazz
Guitar Chords and Accompaniment first is highly recommended,
it is suitable for anyone who has a basic knowledge of guitar
chords, a basic understanding of music theory, and a minimal
ability to read music.
1 first briefly reviews inversions, voicings, and how to transpose
chords on the fingerboard. Then, it introduces one of the most
popular and accessible guitar voicings, called drop 2. The chord
diagrams of the drop 2 voicing and inversions for fifteen types of
chords, along with common 2-bar comping rhythmic patterns, are
2 introduces another popular chord voicing, drop 3. Again, the
chord diagrams of all the inversions for fifteen chord types are
shown, in addition to various 2-bar comping patterns.
Chapter 3, you will learn about chord substitution and synonyms—chords
that have the same or similar structure, but are called by
different names. The chapter first discusses three common types of
chord substitutions: diatonic, tritone, and diminished. An
extensive chart then lists chord synonyms that can be used for
4 discusses several approaches and techniques commonly used in
comping. Topics discussed include how a voicing is selected, what
voice-leading is, and what rhythms are used to get various effects
in comping. The discussion is focused on giving you ideas and
directions that will help you integrate the information you’ve
learned up to this point.
5 introduces you some other popular guitar chord voicings. They
include three-note open chords, guide tones, guide tones plus one,
and fourth voicings.
of the topics or sections include musical examples and exercises
so that you can practice each element discussed. For best results,
you are highly encouraged to make up your own examples or
exercises suited to your own taste or preference. With the vast
amount of voicings and information presented, you may feel
overwhelmed from time to time. Try to learn and digest one element
at a time, gradually adding others as you feel comfortable. You
may also skip sections and go directly to those topics that
interest you most or that are relevant to your present purpose.
luck! I sincerely hope you will have a lot of fun and further
advance your jazz guitar-playing skills by working with this book!
(from More Jazz Guitar Chords and Accompaniment)