Learn to Roll your Chords – This will add to your Accompanying Skills
If you have successfully learned the prior 3 drills – Scaling for Comping, Blocking for Comping, and Rocking for Comping – YOU ARE NOW READY for ROLLING for Comping. (Please search for these exercises and start there)
I have listed this UNDER DUETS/TRIOS – because – YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN DUET – with these songs!
The Blocking and Rocking techniques already learned are a bit HEAVY in sound. Now let’s get a little more LIGHTER – and airy! The exercise here is only in 4/4 – but please practice in ¾ as well.
You SHOULD now really be feeling comfortable with the chords and hand positions – now let’s start to break them up. I am also doing a new chord progression structure. Notice that at the end of each line – I am still using the 7th chord that leads to the next line’s Key!
PRINT and PRACTICE – Rolling for Comping
Practice each LINE INDEPENDENTLY (leave off the last 2 counts) – then practice progressing to the next key.
- Practice one measure at a time – over and over without stopping
- Follow the fingering rules (Pinky on Top)
- Visualize – the CHORD – SEE the chord notes IN THE RUNS!!!!!
- Each line is a new key – with the 3 main chords in that key
- ALSO watch out for the last two counts – I am still showing how to use the 7th chord of the key that follows on the next line – as a lead in chord
- Each line introduces a new method of playing your chords in a rocking fashion
- Now – In Each Key – follow the changing rhythms – but stay in the same key!
- All White note keys are demonstrated (I use the Bb this time!) – NOW GO DO THE BLACK NOTE KEYS
NOW WHAT DO I DO???? Let’s do a few songs using the Rolling Accompaniment!
HERE is how you get started:
- Look at the left hand chords only
- Play the rolling style accompaniment for as many measures as that chord is played
- Change smoothly to the next chord
- Start by holding the proper chord the entire length that the chord goes (i.e. 4 measures)
- Then as you get BORED with one style of rolling – switch to another.
- I have also given you COMPLETED Rolling examples (Can be played as Duet)
Link – Jambalaya Rolling Exercise
Link – Katherine’s Waltz – This is a great little tune with Rolling Chords
There are plenty of song you can add TRIPLE ROLLS – under the melody Line – especially French Songs. Here is an example: