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Jazz Intros: 11 Tried-and-True Opening Riffs and Phrases

Jazz Intros: 11 Tried-and-True Opening Riffs and Phrases

from Jeff Schroedl's Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Jazz Guitar
There are numerous ways to begin and end a jazz song. Most fake books and lead sheets usually do not include these specific elements; instead, jazz musicians either compose something on the spot or rely on a few stock phrases that most band members are likely to be familiar with.

Intros are used to establish the key and set the tempo. They can also suggest a mood and add interest to an arrangement. One of the most common ways to set up the top of a tune is to play the song’s “last eight” measures. Here are some additional tried-and-true intros.


I-vi-ii-V...

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Pedal on V...

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IbVII Vamp...

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The next two intros work well leading into a blues progression.


Turnaround to the I7

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Descending bass line to the I7

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Here are two common bossa nova intros.


I-VI Bossa Vamp

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I-bVII Bossa Vamp

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The following intros work well leading intro songs in minor keys.


i vi ii V...

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Descending bass line to the i...

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Vamp to the ii

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5-#5-6-#5 to the i

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