Definition and background:
To extemporize the accompaniment to a solo voice or instrument. In 20th century music, the term " vamp till ready" is sometimes seen, indicating that the accompanist is to repeat a simple one or two measure passage until the soloist is prepared to enter. an improvisation over a simple chord change, used in popular music to accompany non-musical events, or played until the main music is ready to start
The repeating pan of a tune at its end, usually the chorus or part of the chorus.
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