Intros, Endings, & Turnarounds
Welcome to lesson 6 in our Chicago Blues piano course. In this lesson we will be exploring common intros, endings, and turnarounds that are found in the Chicago blues style.
The full notation of all examples can be downloaded below.
Using Licks For An Intro
An intro can be as simple as a lick played by itself. Many of the licks covered in the previous lesson are suitable for introductions. Steve shows some examples using repeated licks for the first 4 bars of the form.
Using Turnarounds For An Intro
The turnaround is at the end of the blues chorus and takes us to the V7 chord to start the form again. We can combine turnarounds with blues licks and the key is to end on the V7 chord.
Steve shows us some common turnarounds incorporating chromatic 3rd intervals to lead smoothly and convincingly into the V7 chord. These turnarounds can be used at the end of each chorus and also as introductions to our performances.
Intros, Endings, & Turnarounds Lesson Notation File Type: pdf