Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds

Intros and turnarounds build excitement before jumping into a tune or for building momentum going into the next chorus.

Both intros and turnarounds share the same function of building anticipation and leading the listener back to "the top".


Intro/Turnaround #1

A very common pattern is to move in contrary motion and to culminate with strong emphasis of the V chord to build tension that will eventually resolve when you play the I chord at the top of the first/next chorus.

Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro/Turnaround #2

A staple of boogie/blues... Don't worry a bout analyzing the chord names -- Study the patterns!

Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro/Turnaround #3

A variation of #2 with a nice chromatic slide into the V7 chord.

Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro #4

Here a delicious augmented V chord creates an ambiguous harmonic tension that sets up the harmonic release on the downbeat of the first chorus... Try playing it very freely (not in strict time) in order to heighten the expectation of what is to come...

Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds

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Intro #5

Instead of being played before the first chorus, this intro is designed to replace the first four bars in the first chorus.. V chord that create a delicious harmonic tension to set up the harmonic release on the downbeat of the first chorus...

Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds

Boogie Woogie: Intros & Turnarounds

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