From the Woodshed #4: Rhythm Changes: 3-note voicings for uptempo playing

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From the Woodshed #4: Rhythm Changes: 3-note voicings for uptempo playing

Many of the students I teach struggle with comping at fast tempos. Generally, I recommend that the student start with simple 3-note voicings based on upper-structures and smooth voice-leading. Here are some voicings that work on Rhythm Changes. In the recorded example, I play one voicing per bar at 300 BPM. In reality, I usually limit the number of chords I play based on the arc of the soloist but for the sake of study, I recommend that each student develop the ability to comp in a repetitious manner. Please note that I approach the changes “as written” and include no substitutions. In reality, Rhythm Changes lends itself to multiple substitutions. I may explore this concept in a later study.

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One thought on “From the Woodshed #4: Rhythm Changes: 3-note voicings for uptempo playing

  1. thanks for the lesson Tony.

    Any word on the release of your book?

    Will your book be covering your method for chromatic approach notes to triads and linking them smoothly?

    that seems to be a huge part of making a bebop sound with your method.

    Thank you,

    Rich

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