Hey folks… Blues turnarounds are a big topic and a must-know if you wanna play blues guitar. In this little video lesson, Jon shows us exactly what is a blues turnaround and gives a really good example. kun Check it out How’s it going everybody? My name is John McClennan and I’m here today with Guitar Control. I’m really excited to bring you a blues turnaround lick. What is a turnaround? It’s basically a melody with a specific character that happens at the end of a blues progression that does exactly what it says, turns you around. So it gets you from the end back to the top. If you’re playing a 12-bar blues, when you get to the end of those 12 bars you automatically go back to the top. But in the last two bars, that’s typically where a turnaround melody or riff would be played. This is probably one of the easiest turnarounds you can play. So I’m going to show it to you real quick. We’re going to start out here on the 5th fret of the second string, play that note, and then I’m going to hit the open E string right underneath it. And then I’m going to play the 3rd fret and then the open E; second fret, open E; first fret, open E; and then finally open B. So it has this descending character to it. To me, these things say we are going back to the top. So if you’re playing a blues and you’re lost, you hear that and you go, oh, I know we’re going back to the top. Then, after that, you’re going to play an open A string, 1st fret, 2nd fret, like this. So the whole thing is one-and, two-and, three-and, four-and one. And that leads you back to go back to the E. This is a blues turnraound in the key of E. Again, there’s a lot of variations you can do with this. You could mess with the rhythm a little bit. You could take this note and you could put it down an octave and you’re going to get this. That requires a little bit more pick control because I’m skipping from the fifth string to the high E. There you have it. So blues turnarounds 101. Be sure to click the link below for the tab and we’ll catch you in the next video. Thanks for watching.
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