Gospel School: Vamp #1

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 gospel vamping ideas for your consideration…

piano-ology-gospel-school-vamp-1

Note: Play left hand one octave lower than written.

Study-Practice Notes

  • Notice the liberal use of syncopation and Blues vocabulary (Learning the Blues helps you learn gospel and vice versa!)
  • You know you have the rhythm down when it feels like you are bouncing up and down.
  • Don’t forget to swing the eight notes.
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