Lesson 62: Vamps
What Is a Vamp?
A vamp is a pattern consisting of two or more chords repeated a number of times. A vamp is a static chord progression, "a chord progression that goes nowhere". A vamp is typically used as a progression to solo over.
Example 1: Dm7 - G7
This is the most common vamp. D Dorian is the way to go on this one.
Example 2: Dm7 - Em7
This is another very common Dorian vamp. A nice variation of this one is Dm7 - Em7/A. Here are a couple of brazilian/ latin style comping patterns for this vamp:
Example 3: C7 - F7
This is also very common. C Mixolydian to F Mixolydian is one way to handle it, the C blues scale will also go a long way... An important expansion of this vamp is C - C7/E - F - F#dim.
Example 4: C6 - Bbmaj7
This is a common vamp in latin styles. A minor pentatonic is one way to go on this one.
Example 5: Cmaj7 - Fm/G
This is another common vamp in latin styles. E minor pentatonic to F minor pentatonic is one way to handle this one.
Example 6: Cm6 - Db9b5
This is a common minor vamp in latin styles. C Dorian to Db whole tone is one way to handle this one.
Example 7: Cmaj7 - A7 - Dm7 - G7
This one can be varied in a million ways and many, many vamps are really of this type. This one is talked about extensively in lesson 7 ( Turn-Arounds).
Example 8: C7
A vamp can really consist of just one chord, too. A dominant seventh chord is the most common, but any chord can be used in this way. Here you have a lot of choices:
Example 9: Rhythm Changes Vamps
It's not easy to solo over rhythm changes. A common way to cheat is to solo over a vamp, like one of the following:
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