Turnaround Tricks from Lightnin’ Hopkins

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tricks and techniques from some of the greatest all time country blues guitarists.

Yes, strictly speaking, the “delta” was only one area in Mississippi,
and there are many other regions and influences that are a part of
acoustic blues and country blues, but who cares — we like the name “Deep Delta Blues” 🙂

The first legendary country blues guitarist we’re going to study is Lightnin’ Hopkins.
He has a unique and recognizable style and is number 71 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s
list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He was also a huge influence
on Freddy King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In this video, we’re going to share with you 3 killer blues turnaround tricks you can use.
Two of these are from getting to the B chord from the E, and one is for moving to the A chord.

Check it out! Feel free to post a comment!

In one case he’s sliding; in one case he’s choking.

Now, I’m just going to take a minute. He’s very free
with these E-blues and he has lots of different tricks
that he uses. He doesn’t use them all in this song.

In another great, slow E-blues, one called “Hurricane Beula”,
he comes up with some different kinds of tricks that
he uses on the turnaround and I’m going to try to go
through them quickly to give you an idea of how you
can change things up and use different variations
for these things.

Instead of just going straight to the B-7 chord on
the turnaround, Lightening will sometimes do this.
He’ll take this run and he’ll run it up the other
way. He’ll go from this E note and go into his B-7
chord this way, by going from the E note, the open
3rd string, 2nd fret, 3rd fret, 4th fret and he’ll
slide down and it’s a transition to get into his B chord.

Another transition he often uses to get into the B chord,
one that I particularly like, is this one. He’ll go
on his B string, 3rd fret…

Two different ways of getting into the B chord for
the turnaround. One of them is… The other one is…

He’ll move to his A chord. One of the most beautiful
things he does with this A chord, sometimes he’ll
just play the chord. Sometimes he’ll go up to this
A note. Let me show you this. A chord. He goes up
to this A note on the 1st string. He’s playing an
A base, 3rd fret. He goes down to this E note on
the 2nd string.

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