Take the A Train: Riffs

A riff is a simple, catchy phrase that is played repeatedly over the chord changes. You should have several riff ideas in your bag. Here are a few for your consideration. What other riffs can you come up with? Experiment! Hint: There are two key ingredients in a good riff: 1) Constistent rhythmic phrasing that swings, 2) notes that work well over all of the chord changes.


Riff Idea #1

This two-bar phrase can be played over the entire A section. Don't forget to swing the eighth notes!

Take the A Train


Riff Idea #2

Take the A Train