You probably already realize how important a good turnaround is for blues music, but what I bet you didn’t realize is how many different variations for the turnaround there actually are. That’s why I created a blues guitar course called “Blues Guitar Turnarounds”.
Online Blues Guitar Turnaround Lessons
Chapter 1: 12 Bar Blues In order to understand how a turnaround works you must be familiar with the 12 bar blues chord progression.
Chapter 2: The Basic Blues GuitarTurnaround If you break down the blues turnaround into it’s most basic form you’re left with this generic version.
Chapter 3: Anatomy Of A Turnaround The blues turnaround may only last 2 bars, but a lot is happening. In this chapter, we’ll explore its structure and see what exactly is happening.
Chapter 4: Simple Progression Turnaround Variations There are ways to add “spice” to any blues turnaround as you’ll discover in this chapter.
Chapter 5: Ascending Turnaround An ascending turnaround has a shifting melody that travels to higher notes.
Chapter 6: Descending Turnaround A descending turnaround has a shifting melody that travels to lower notes.
Chapter 7: Expanding Turnaround The expanding turnaround has a moving melody line that moves away from a static note.
Chapter 8: Contracting Turnaround These turnarounds are similar to the “generic” turnarounds we learned in chapter 2 in the fact that the notes in the shifting melody grow closer to each other or contracts. The moving melody either rises up or falls down closer to the static note used in the counterpoint.
Chapter 9: Contrary Motion Turnaround In this turnaround when one of the lines move up, the other line moves down.
Chapter 10: More Complicated Progression Turnarounds Some songs will have a turnaround, but not use the standard V-IV-I progression. Chapter 10 explores what to do when faced with a non-standard progression.
Chapter 11: Using Shifting Melodies Elsewhere We are not restricted to only using a shifting melody as part of a turnaround at the end of a progression. This type of phrase can also be used to change between chords anywhere in the chord progression.
Chapter 12: Using Turnarounds In Intros And Endings A good turnaround is an ideal way to begin or end a song. This chapter tells you how.
Blues Guitar Turnarounds Ebook
Be sure to download the Blues Turnarounds ebook, too. It includes…
- How to play simple progressions used in turnarounds, intros, and endings such as: The I, IV, and V chords, including how to keep the tonality from the root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and more, where these beats typically begin, as well as how to play other scale notes in a riff or sequence leading up to (and past) the typical establishment of the beat
- How to shift melodies using the I, IV, V chords using creative expression for cool phrasings such as: Simple rules for developing and constructing your very own unique phrasings using root notes (or a stationary note) that enable you to expand and/or contract intervals between given notes including fundamental (and experimental) turnaround examples
- How to ‘change the feel’ of a turnaround playing various ascending and descending phrases using: Double stops in a shuffle rhythm, an array of time signatures such as 12/8 and 4/4, how to keep a given I, IV, and V chord stationary while moving other notes up or down, converting double stops instead of triplets to create a different sense of phrasing and more!
- The easiest way to determine how to quickly and efficiently shift additional melodies: Move from one note to the next while keeping a ‘static’ root, moving to different notes between other intervals such as 3 to 1, 3 to 5, 5 to 3, 5 to b7, b7 to 5 and so on…
- Top-Secret information on choosing notes that are to be played using: High or low melody, depending on where they are on the fretboard, what direction you wish to move them, and how to create ‘contrary motion’ phrases
- Living, breathing real-world examples using various ascending and descending turnarounds such as Slow blues with an emphasis on slides and arpeggios, differences in timing on turnarounds with riffs such as “Jesus Just Left Chicago” by ZZ Top, contracting motions, contrary motions, and more.
- Complicated progression turnarounds using a variety of different chords: The absolute most important aspect of learning to do so is ensuring tonality based on complicated turnarounds to keep the passage running smoothly. We’ll show you how to hit notes from a given chord using “Outside Woman Blues” by Eric Clapton!
- How to create perfect intros and endings focusing on rules such as: How to shift melody lines from a given bar, resolving both simple and complicated progression turnarounds to create a logical and sustained ending to a given passage. You’ll even learn how to tweak timing in given phrases to create the perfect suspense.