introduction | ending | interlude | extension of phrase | shout chorus


Introductions are not always written for big band charts, but most will have one. Along with interludes and endings, introductions create unity within an arrangement. Many writers write the introduction after a substantial amount of the chart has been completed. It is necessary to know what is to be introduced and sometimes this requires writing the head of the arrangement first to get some ideas on what material will or will not be used in the introduction. Most introductions use melodic, harmonic or rhythmic material from the tune and some have very little or no relationship to the tune at all. When starting a new chart and the introduction does not come to you right away, skip it and start writing the head. Ideas for the introduction will come later.

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