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Blues Guitar Tab
Turnarounds capture some of the essence of the signature Blues sound and give a Blues progression an undeniably smooth start or ending. If you want to play Blues, you have to know turnarounds and this lesson will teach you four cool sounding ones.
What is a turnaround?
A Turnaround is very simply a Blues intro or ending to a song. It's a short lick of one measure that is played at the end of a blues progression. A blues guitarist playing the regular 12-bar blues will kick off the song with a turnaround and repeat it at the end of the progression (During the 12th bar). As you learn it now and listen to the videos, chances are that you'll recognize it when it shows up.
Four Turnaround Licks
Here are four very common turnaround licks that you'll use in your blues rhythm playing. The licks increase in difficulty the further we go along with number one being the easiest.
Lick number 1 is the Classic and most famous of Blues Turnarounds. Here's the Tab:
Learn a cool blues guitar tab. This 12 Bar Blues turnaround tab sounds really great and is not that difficult to master.
Watch the video below to see and hear what the above Tab, Blues Turnaround number 1, should sound and look like.
Lick Number 2 is another popular Blues Turnaround featuring a progressive step-down. Here's the Tab:
Watch the video below to see and hear what the above Tab, Blues Turnaround number 2, should sound and look like.
The next Blues Guitar Tab lesson will teach you two more advanced Blues Turnarounds and then a 12-Bar & Turnaround combination...
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