Blues Turnaround

GT156

Blues Turnaround

Rhythm & Lead

Guitar Techniques 156

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Ex 4 – Delta Blues Turnaround This example should be played fingerstyle and features the Holy Grail of the Delta Blues turnarounds.

Explore the many variations of this lick. E.g. In the first bar instead of playing always the chords as a whole as indicated in the tablature, try to pick one or two strings only (e.g. the G or D strings) and you’ll see how many possibilities and combinations this turnaround incorporates.

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Ex 7 – SRV Turnaround How can we live without a SRV turnaround? Stevie played this one in almost every medium shuffle in E. Note the 2nd time ending. Unusual chords choice.

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Ex 1 – Rhythm Guitar This turnaround creates a union line with one of the most popular turnaround bass lines.

First time ending represents the 1st type of turnarounds (intro, turnaround) while the 2nd time ending is the 2nd type (ending).

This example is built around the common A Minor Pentatonic shape so it should be quite easy to transpose.

The lick finished with two 6/9 chords. If you struggle with those positions just play a standard dominant 7th chord or even block chords (triads).


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