Welcome to the first addition of “From the Woodshed.” This section will feature a series of articles explaining specific studies that I have engaged in along the way…
Anyone who has studied with me knows that I am constantly encouraging my students to learn how to comp using sparse/rootless 3-note voicings. These voicings are extremely effective when accompanying a Bassist or any other instrumentalist whose primary function is to hold down the root. However, I have found that students have an extremely difficult time compartmentalizing and implementing these chords.
Generally, I encourage the student to adhere to the following principles:
1) Drop the root of the chord.
2) Do NOT double any notes in the voicing.
3) When possible, add an upper-structure note to the top of the chord.
4) When possible, voice-lead notes by step.
5) Try to stick to the midrange of the guitar in order to avoid harmonic clashes with either the Bass or melody of the song.
Here, I have constructed a simple study based on these principles. You may notice that I have relegated the voicings to the 4,3,2, string set.This is quite purposeful as it allows the student to focus on simple step-wise movements.
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