Image via WikipediaHere are some endings that I am familiar with. What has been your experience with ending one of your favorite songs?
A. Amen Ending
This is appropriate mostly for hymns.
B. Simple Seventh Chord Endings
C/CEGBb C/EGBbD C/EABbD
C. Seventh chord with Chromatic Walkdown
C, E, F, CEG/C E, BFG/C D, C, DbDb/FAbB CC/EGBb
“ “ “ “ “ DbDb/FabBEb CC/EGBbD
“ “ “ “ “ DbDb/FbbCbEb CC/EABbD
D. Blues Scale Ending
C/ C, Bb, G, Gb, F, Eb, C then G/G to C/CEGBb
The chromatic seventh chord endings can be useful, too.
L.H. single notes C, E, F, F#, G
R.H. single notes, C, Bb, G, Gb, F, Eb, C then G/G to C/CEGBb
E. Chord Progression Endings
Play the last measure of a song C/CEG then add these four chords:
A/AC#EG D/DF#AC G/GBDF C/CEG
With a left hand walking bass:
C, B, Bb/CEG A/AC#EG D, E, F, F#/DF#AC G, A, A#, B/GBDF C/CEG
“Fancy Intro” Ending … Simple.
C/CEG F/FAC F#/F#ACD# C/CEG A/AC#EG D/ACDF# G/GBDF C/CEG
With a left hand walking bass.
C/CEG F/FAC F#/F#ACD# C, B, Bb/CEG A/AC#EG D, E, F, F#/ACDF#
G, A , A#, B/GBDF C/CEG
F. Special Endings
Count Basie Ending
R.H. FC then F#C to GC
Lawrence Welk Ending
Triplets with same single notes in each hand.
C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, G, C.
A great resource I ask my students to buy is a course that HearandPlay offers on playing chords for the beginner and intermediate player. It's an audio course and Jermaine Griggs is an excellent teacher on this subject of chord playing. I recommend it for learning those piano chords!
Chords Audio Course
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