Below is the promised bonus lesson for Gabe Dixon's "Goin' South" southern rock keyboard primer in the June 2011 issue of Keyboard. Click to enlarge the sheet music example. -Ed.
Gabe Dixon writes:
"Here's a typical double-time Gospel piano vamp. It showcases the I to IV chord progression over a walking bass line in octaves. This one is fun to play, especially with a band. If, however, you're playing with a good bassist, lay off the heavy left-hand lines and just stick to root notes, tenor-register chords, and fifths. Let the bass player handle the walking."