Watch the bVI Stop Time online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory
Me personally, I love the sound of a bVI chord on the turnaround – in this case, the C9 chord we’re playing on the third beat of the first measure of this turnaround. Stop time is a term jazzers use to describe when the band stops on a dime or plays a series of hits while someone continues soloing over the open space(s) this creates. In this lick, the B note on the downbeat of measure two is the equivalent of that band hit, while the Buddy Guy-inspired double-stop lick that follows takes the place of some dazzling trumpet cadenza. Just imagine you’re Louis Armstrong and you’ll be right in the pocket, aesthetically and spiritually.