Gospel: Pickups

Pickups are a great way to build momentum and anticipation for the arrival of the target chord on the downbeat. You should have pickups that can approach all of the big three chords (I, IV, V)

Pickup 5-5-6-1 to the I Chord

Gospel: Pickups


Pickup 5-6-1-6-1-6 to the I Chord

Emphasizing the "6" of the chord is very characteristic of Gospel. Don't forget to swing the eighths...

Gospel: Pickups


Pickup 5-6-1-2-1-6 to the I Chord

A variation of the above...

Gospel: Pickups


Major Blues Scale to the I Chord

The Major Blues Scale played in two-fisted octaves is a great setup for the I chord.

Gospel: Pickups


Pickup to Connect I to IV

Notice that this pickup uses the exact same notes as the very first pattern above...

Gospel: Pickups


Pickup to Connect I to V

This chromatic triplet figure leaves no doubt that a big, juicy V chord is on the way!

Gospel: Pickups