New Orleans Style Turnarounds
In this lesson Jon expands on the turnaround at the end of the blues form and shows us ways to expand and embellish it.
The turnaround in its most basic form consists of four chords, beginning and ending with C. It should sound familiar, we often hear guitarists using it to start a song.
The Drone Note In The Turnaround
In the last lesson we had a progression where the top note, a G, remained the same through four chords. We can see this as a ‘drone note’ that stays constant throughout the changes. We have a similar situation in the New Orleans style Turnaround with a C on top as we move through each chord. It acts like a pivot against the other moving notes and accentuates the sense of motion.
Adding Trills To Turnarounds
The turnaround is often embellished with trills in both the left and right hand. These kinds of sounds were introduced by early blues piano players and they act in a way like a drumroll.
It’s difficult to show exactly how they should be played because every player does them differently and they only really make sense when played up to speed. These trills can be simple or elaborate and when well executed they add movement and colour to the turnaround.
Turnarounds Lesson Notation File Type: pdf