Gone Like Gershwin

Here’s a simple closing cadence that sounds nearly as full as a Broadway choir. Featuring melancholic parallel thirds, this distraught phrase (shown in the keys of E and A) evokes George Gershwin’s vocal harmonies on the famous Porgy & Bess tearjerker “Gone, Gone, Gone.” To really milk the melodrama, ritard the phrase by letting each new chord ring longer than the previous—enough so that the penultimate chord, the conflicted-sounding aug5 harmony, lasts a brief but gut-wrenching eternity. (Tip for the key of A: If the chords are difficult to fret, free up a finger by ignoring the fourth-string A’s and plucking open fifth-string A’s in their place.)