Watch the Turnarounds and Variations online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from Acoustic Blues Handbook

It is definitely time for some more choices for turnarounds. Once you see and hear how I come up with the variations, you should try your own. Many of these you will recognize from some of your favorite recordings. Remember to listen to some blues. This is another point I can’t stress enough. Many years ago, I was teaching in a high school. One of the guitarists said he just couldn’t seem to get the feel for jazz. He was trying out for the jazz band. I asked what he listened to and, of course, he told me he listened to ska and alternative music. When I asked how much jazz he listened to, he told me he had heard a song or two that his grandfather played before he asked him to turn it off. This is an extreme case, but I think you get the point.