A Comparative Analysis of Jazz Guitar Method Books in the Areas of Comping, Chord Voicings, and...

November 1, 2003 / By: Samuel Thomas Bergstrom

The intent of this study was to determine how the concepts of comping, chord voicing, and chord progressions were introduced in jazz guitar method books. These three skills are vital in order for a guitarist to be a successful member of a jazz ensemble, often one of the only performing outlets in the public schools for a guitarist. Three jazz guitar method books were selected based upon their availability and their emphasis on comping, chord voicings, and chord progressions. This investigation was an attempt to show how comping is presented in jazz guitar method books relative to formatting, sequencing, styles, practice materials, graphics, and figures. This research also demonstrated how chord voicings were presented in jazz guitar method books relative to formatting, sequencing, practice materials, graphics, and figures. Finally this investigation explained how chord progressions were presented in jazz guitar method books relative to formatting, sequencing, styles, form, substitutions, practice materials, graphics, and figures.