Beginning and Ending

Last week’s rehearsal was simply awesome. The rhythm section is really coming together well. I think we all left feeling good about things.

The one thing we discussed was beginning and ending a song. What are the possibilities of beginning a song? V to Vsus? Last four bars? What’s appropriate for the tune? And how should the tune end? Should we tag it? Should it just end?

Fred mentioned that most jazz musicians are uncomfortable taking the lead. When I started Jazz Band Masterclass as a vocalist, I fit right in to that category. I realized that I need to step up and get over it. Time to lead.

As with all things, beginning and ending a tune is a skill that takes practice. So, as I practice, I will be thinking through and practicing starting and ending as much as I can. Hopefully the results will be evident at our next rehearsal.

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