Rock School: Vamp #1

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A vamp is a rhythmic, harmonically simple, repeating phrase, usually two or four bars in length that can perform four musical functions: to act as an introduction, to get a groove going, to establish a clear tonality, or to provide a background for improvisation.

Here is the first in a series of definitive rock vamping patterns for your consideration… a two-fisted a syncopated alternation of C (I) and Bb (bVII) chords over a C (Do) pedal point in the bass…

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By the way, the full sound and harmonic simplicity of left hand octaves make them a staple of rock playing.

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