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LJS 50: How to Become an Expert Jazz Comper

Welcome to episode 50 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about being a jazz accompanist and how to comp like a pro. No matter what instrument you play, this is an important topic. Special guest, jazz pianist Keelan Dimick, gives us some of his best tips and advice. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Ask LJS: a listener asks a question about the importance of studying the styles of different jazz musicians, and whether he needs to start with earlier styles of jazz or not.

  2. What it means to be an accompanist.

  3. How to decide when to play sparsely or busier.

  4. The importance of having a chordal vocabulary.

  5. The importance of trusting your ears.

  6. Creating melodic movement with your comping.

  7. Comping as a rhythm section instrument and a horn player.

Listen to episode 49: 3 Ways Practicing in all 12 Key Will Make You a Better Jazz Musician

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Hi – love the Podcast – thanks for all the great info. One suggestion might be to include some examples – you or guests playing.


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