The Comping Pattern

Playing blues rhythm is sometimes called “comping,” especially when we talk about playing chords behind another soloist or a singer.

It’s not really a “strum pattern,” because you don’t strum, but this is really the best way to approach rhythm behind a blues shuffle.

It’s nice and simple, using your trusty 2 note chords. And this pattern will get you through a LOT of songs.

Dig it!


  • Pete

    Reply Reply December 24, 2018

    Nice lesson. I’ve been using a 2 note variation for the same type of backing rhythm. Your lesson gave me a new voice to use and a new way of playing it. Thanks for great lesson. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  • Dr Brad Dahlager

    Reply Reply December 23, 2018

    You are way cool! Thank you for this invaluable share. BTW, I have a copy of your Playing On The Porch DVD and it’s also one of those “got-to-know” things.

  • Mark

    Reply Reply December 22, 2018

    I just can’t pick up how you’re doing the chord shapes. You go over it too fast for me. I get the strumming pattern, but I can’t get the shapes.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply December 24, 2018

      buy his course How To Build Blues Songs, this is from that course.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply December 21, 2018

    Cool stuff Griff!

  • greggo

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    Griff, I miss the tabs you used to provide. I kept them in a binder for future reference and practice. Hard to find all these videos you do when I want to look back on a lesson.

  • Louis

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    I have trouble forming these ‘little chords,’ thus, I usually form the full chord but only strike 2 or three strings. Anything wrong with that?

  • Jenny Amanda Hurwitz

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    Hi Griff – So I really took some time with this. I’m going to email you my worksheet for analyzing it. This is so informative. I did need to figure out what form of D9 and E9 chord you were basing your partial chords off of. I then spelled the chords – the notes and what steps of the chord each note of the full and the abbreviated chord represented. Then the chord structure of the 12 Bar Blues you were doing. The rhythm wasn’t hard. Thanks!


    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    I use something similar but I like this better. Thanks again Griff

  • Mark

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    Thanks Griff!
    Very handy

  • Dick Frederick,aka Fearless Freddy

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    Hi Griff, Thanks for the “little chord” Christmas present. God bless you, your family, & the band this holiday season.

  • Ian Stobbart

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    Thanks for that griff another great lesson

  • dale

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    thanks Griff …

  • johnnie

    Reply Reply December 17, 2018

    Sweet! Thanks

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