Gospel: 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 #1

The big three chords (I-IV-V) with chord inversion that create bass line motion that is so characteristic of gospel. The octaves in the left hand provide a solid, fat bass and the four-note voicings in the right hand give that full, churchy sound...

Gospel: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro #2

Based on walkups and walkdowns on the "big three" chords, this intro also makes a nice turnaround...

Gospel: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro #3

Gospel: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro #4

A truncated version of the above, intended to be repeated ad lib in order to build up the energy in preparation for a shout...

Gospel: Intros & Turnarounds


Intro #5

This intro would also make a nice turnaround. Based on a cycle of secondary dominants. Notice how very important the particular chord voicings are to the Gospel sound...

Gospel: Intros & Turnarounds