What does "leadups and outs" mean in this quote?

The best way to approach learning how to play "Flight of the Bumblebee" is to work on memorizing bits of it at a time. A lot of the piece is essentially a main theme with leadups and outs of that theme, chromatically.

Steve Booke in Guitar World

  • Andrey, you must not rely on others to find your quotations and correctly reference them. – Andrew Leach Apr 13 '15 at 11:14
  • That excerpt would perhaps have been clearer to you if it had used a bit more explicit orthography: "... with lead-ups and -outs of that theme, ...". That is, leadups and leadouts are dual to each other, and bookends to the theme. That is, if this is the theme: ‾‾‾‾, then these additions are the lead-ups and lead-outs respectively: __/‾‾‾‾\__. You can learn more by reading the definition of lead-up (which is more common, at least in non-jargon contexts, than lead-out). – Dan Bron Apr 13 '15 at 11:17


noun \ˈlēˌdəp\

: something that leads up to or prepares the way for something else

the race will serve as a lead-up to the classic — Sydney (Australia) Bulletin

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

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