Gospel: Vamps

A vamp is a repeating phrase, usually two or four bars in length that can perform three musical functions: to act as an introduction, to keep the groove going, to provide a background for improvisation. A vamp usually consists of a well-defined, two-fisted rhythmic pattern that is based on one or two chords. You know you have the rhythm down when it feels like you are bouncing up and down.


Gospel Vamp #1

This vamp uses the blue notes b3 and b5 as grace notes and emphasizes the b7 of the C chord, giving it a bluesy flavor...

Gospel: Vamps

Note: Play left hand one octave lower than written.

Reminder: Don't forget to swing the eight notes.


Gospel Vamp #2

This variation has a country-ish major pentatonic flavor and ends with a short major neighbor chord idea...

Gospel: Vamps


Gospel Vamp #3

The first three bars are identical to #2, but ends with a nice major-minor mixture idea...

Gospel: Vamps


Gospel Vamp #4

This one has a bit more space...

Gospel: Vamps