Practice comping the
chords on the chord chart (PDF) provided along with the audio files. There are three tracks, each using
the same chords, but in a different style.
1. The first track is in a pop style:
The right hand should fairly simple chords near middle C and the left hand
should either not play, or emphasize roots and fifths. Experiment with
different inversions and rhythms to find things that sound good.
Your LEFT hand should play 4-note chords near middle C and your right hand
should either not play (a good idea) or play octaves on the root or 5th of the chord. Use the “Charleston” rhythm and other short, syncopated
rhythms. If you use both hands, play the same rhythm in both hands. All
rhythms in this exercise are to be swung.
You can voice the chords exactly as you did in the swing style, but the
rhythm will be “straight” now, rather than swung. You can also experiment
with other voicings and rhythms to see what sounds good.