Blues Turnarounds/Endings

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hi GMCers!

    Welcome to my Blues turnarounds/endings lesson. A turnaround is the group of chords that take you back to the beginning of the form.

    One of the main requirements of any musical work is convincing intro and also ending of the song. One of the genres that in most cases have a standard I/IV/V progression such as the Blues are very grateful for this and require a wide range of opening and ending phrases or otherwise every blues song would look approximately the same.

    Intros and ending licks are an important part of blues guitar improvisation. Therefore it is useful to have in your arsenal as many of these phrases and periodically change them if is necessary.

    In this lesson we are going to deal with some single-note turnarounds (simple melodic solo phrases) and with a harmonic turnarounds (based on typical chord progressions).

    Guitar: Ibanez 3120 Japan Custom

    Equipment: Sonar8 DAW, Guitar Rig5 plugin

    Tempo: 115 bpm

    Signature: 4/4

    Chord progression: G7/C7/D7/ E7/A7/B7

    Key signature: G / E

    Scales used: G minor pentatonic, G Dominant 7/ E minor pentatonic

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