From the Woodshed #1: Autumn Leaves 3-note Voicing Etude

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.

Click the Image to Download the PDF for this lesson:



3 thoughts on “From the Woodshed #1: Autumn Leaves 3-note Voicing Etude

  1. Tony,

    Thanks for this. Guide tones with an extension on the second the second string right?

    How is the triad pairs book coming?

    Take care,

    Martin Daly

    发自我的 iPhone

    > 在 2014年4月28日,2:00,Tony Greaves 写道: > > >

  2. thanks for the lesson. Doesn’t seem to be much out there on comping. Especially a lesson done with the very clear principles given as guidance.

    thanks again!

  3. thanks for this new series Tony, i find these mini lessons really helpful

    especially when it comes to comping

    thanks again and looking forward to your book on triad pairs



    On Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM, Tony Greaves

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