This exercise will give you practice in writing clear, complete sentences by correcting unnecessary phrase fragments.
For each set of sentences below, correct the fragment(s) in two different ways:
When you are done, compare your responses with the suggested answers on page two.
- Boogie-woogie is the most physical piano rhythm.
In the world of jazz.
- The word boogie comes from African-American slang and means to dance very rhythmically.
Using the whole body as opposed to only the feet and legs.
- It is possible that boogie derives from the West African Kongo word mbugi.
Meaning "devilishly good."
- Over the repeated, rocking left-hand rhythm.
The right hand plays percussive phrases and chords.
- The style probably grew out of early blues accompaniments.
On banjo, guitar, or piano.
- Considered low class during the first few decades of this century.
Boogie-woogie was generally confined to barrelhouses, dance halls, and houses of ill-repute.
- In a Chicago dance hall brawl over a woman.
It was there that Clarence "Pine Top" Smith (1904-1929) was shot dead only three months after he had recorded "Pine Top's Boogie-Woogie."
- "Pine Top's Boogie-Woogie" gave the whole genre its name.
And also defined the main characteristics of the rocking style.