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 gospel vamping ideas for your consideration…
Note: Play left hand one octave lower than written.
- 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.