There is a misconception that jazz guitarists play chords with lots of notes in them, or as they are described, “Jazz chords”.
But, the opposite is actually true in most cases. Thick “jazzy” chords are muddy, un rhythmical and clutter the sound whilst getting in the way of everybody else in the ensemble.
So, let’s look at the way good comping is done.
The employment of simple 2 note voicing’s create clarity and allow for sequences of, 4th’s, 3rds, etc to be rhythmically shifted about on the guitar fingerboard easily.
Basic 2note voicing’s-Guitar Comping 2 5 1’s
ii V7 I to Maj 7th
ii V7 I to Dom 7th
V7 I7 Cycle of Fourths: Example 1
V7 I Cycle of Fourths: Example 2:
The Tonic chord only implies by Tonic and Mediant, so, it can employed for the Maj7 or Dom7, especially if the soloist is playing the 7th, around it or the upper notes.
V7 I7 Cycle of Fourths: Example 3
Guitar Voicing Example for a Blues:
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