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These "vamps" are usually as varied as possible in mel­ody and harmony, or are written to portray the style and atmosphere of the song. For instance, a Coon song which is mysterious or sad in story, and consequently similar in melody and accompaniment, should have a movement in the "vamp" suggestive also of same. A good example of this may be found in the "vamp" to the well known song "My Loving Henry."
The most simple form of "vamp" is often preferable, such as:
If no particular effect is desired but merely an appro­priate "vamp," it will be found that quite often the first
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