Learn How Play Jazz Turnaround Chords – Jazz Guitar Lesson on Turnarounds


Hey, how’s it going this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, we’re looking at a chord progression that moves through a jazz turnaround with a walking bass line. So I have the chords, tabs and then the bass line keeps walking through everything.

The turnaround is one of the most common chord progressions in jazz. Here we’re looking at the first chord to the 6th to the 2nd to the 5th and to the 1st. In the key of F, that’s going to be F, D, G, C, F. Again, be sure to get the tab for this. But here we go.

We’re starting on an F7 chord: 8, 10, 8, 10, and I play the root note first and then the rest of the chord. You can do that with a pick or with your fingers. And then you walk the bass line down a whole step leading into D7 sharp 9 and then leading into the G13 now by half step. Because one of the things
that I like to do in a bass line is lead into your target notes by half steps.

So if I’m trying to get to a G, I’m going to play above the G and then I’m trying to get to C so I’ll play above C. And then finally trying to get to F.
See what I’m doing there? So here we go. And then the full 13th chord.

Practice this moving through all 12 keys and click the image above for the tab. Make sure to subscribe on our You Tube Channel and we’ll see you in our next video lessons, thanks for watching.

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