The Appoggiatura: Now With Extra Funk

In our transcription of “Break Out” on pages 42–43, Neal Evans of Soulive makes great use of a musical technique called appoggiatura (a.k.a. leaning note) to create tension and release, as well as to make the keyboard simulate the slides and pitchbends of a guitar, violin, horn, or voice. Though it can be applied to different musical situations, in the context of Neal’s playing on “Break Out,” the appoggiatura begins as one chord, then a single note moves — while the other note (or notes) stays the same — to give the chord a different character. The first chord is a tense one and after the single moving note does its thing, the chord resolves itself into a simple, familiar major or minor harmony.
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