Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Endings and introductions, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Endings do the opposite of turnarounds.…Instead of taking us back to the top,…they take us out of the tune.…They need to end on a resolve chord,…the one chord of the tonic.…Here's a tip: you already know some endings.…You can just take the turnarounds we just learned…and turn them into endings by simply ending on the one chord…rather than the five chord.…Here's an example.…(piano playing)…An introduction sets up a tune.…
It sets the mood, and tells the soloist where to come in.…Since an introduction leads us to the top of the form,…it's like a turnaround, usually ending on a V7 chord.…A classic intro, which might also be heard as a turnaround,…is two bars long with the form 1-4-1-5.…(piano playing)…If you play that for an intro,…everyone will know where you are…and everyone will know when to come in.…
Now one goal of the intro is to set up the groove.…So you might want to just focus on rhythm,…and our intro could be a little bit longer.…Here's a four-bar intro focusing on rhythm.…(piano playing)…You might also use an intro to give a preview…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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