Developing Introductions – As Time Goes By
This is the 2nd lesson in a 3 part study of the tune "As Time Goes By".
We start by creating an introduction using the last few bars of the tune that incorporates the most memorable motif. First we’ll play through using the original chords, and then we will extend and alter the voicings so to create more interesting and sophisticated sounds.
Next we’ll look at rehamonising the chords to add harmonic interest.
In the second half of the lesson we construct a much longer introduction using the chords from the bridge of the tune.
These principles can be applied to any tune you are working on. Always remember to look at melody and chords for inspiration when introducing a tune.
When you want to create an introduction, there are a few places you can look for inspiration:
Find a catchy melodic motif from the melody and play that section of the tune as an intro.
Play the last 4 bars of the tune. The last 4 bars should contain a turnaround which will take you back to the top of the form, and lead you smoothly and convincingly into the 1st chord.
If you want to create a lengthier introduction, try repurposing the whole bridge. If it's an A-A-B-A form, then the B section sets you up perfectly to start the tune.
- You can play your introduction with a rubato feel and be very free with the timing.