Turnarounds For Beginners
In this lesson we introduce the concept of the turnaround. The turnaround is typically the final two bars in the blues form and it’s used to lead smoothly and convincingly back to the top of the form.
Why Is The Turnaround Important?
Well, the blues is a cyclical chord progression in the sense that it is repeated many times during a single performance and so smoothly transitioning back to the top of the form is an important skill.
If we play the exact same turnaround voicings each time we arrive at the end of the form, our playing can start to sound repetitive and so this module will teach you many variations and permutations of the turnaround.
Left Hand Embellishments
We have several options in the left hand when playing turnarounds. One option is simply to play single bass notes. We can also play octaves in the bass for a thicker sound. Finally, we can play bass line grace notes to add ornamentation and additional interest to our left hand.
All of these techniques can then be combined to create interesting turnaround passages.
Blues Turnaround Variations
There are a potentially infinite number of ways that we can navigate the turnaround section of the blues. In this lesson we start with a basic example, and in the next lessons we explore a range of options and techniques that incorporate blues scales, extended chords, altered chords, gospel chord progressions, and more.
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