Accompanying

Accompanying, or comping as pianists often call it, is a vital skill for rhythm section players, because they usually spend more time comping than soloing. An understanding of accompanying is also useful for other instrumentalists, because it can foster better musical communication between the soloist and the accompanists. Pianists are in the unique position of providing much of their own accompaniment, which allows especially tight interaction. Some of the musical devices used by accompanists can also be adapted to be used more directly in solos by any instrumentalist.