Watch the Turnarounds online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide
A turnaround is a chord or group of chords at the end of a section of music that helps us transition to the next section, which is often back to the beginning. Hence the name, turn around and go back. The most common turnaround chord used in blues and other styles of music is the 5(V) chord. This V chord can be used by itself or as part of a group of chords that together create the turnaround as in a 1-6-2-5 progression. The turnaround is often found in the last two, or sometimes 4, bars of a section but there are no hard rules, it can be only the last bar, or even the last 2 beats of the last bar. Let's look at some common turnarounds, all of these will be in the key of A and will occur in the last 2 bars of the form.