I think you’ll agree that comping chords over standards is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have as a jazz guitarist.

There’s something about the chord shapes, the rhythms, the interaction with the soloist, etc., that is just plain fun to play.

While you may enjoy comping, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut using the same chord shapes over and over, leading to boredom in your playing.

When you reach this stage in your development, you often reach for a chord dictionary and add new shapes to your comping.

But, this isn’t the best route for most players to take, as it often leads to confusion with the new shapes and memory issues when comping.

Instead of learning new shapes, you can alter any shape you currently use to form no chords without having to learn anything new.

In this lesson, you explore one of my favorite and most important chord concepts you can learn, rootless chords.


Click here to learn how to comp in different musical situations and add new textures to your chords.