Watch the Blues Turnarounds online guitar lesson by John Hatcher from Fingerstyle Blues Roots
A turnaround is simply a passage at the end of a piece of music that is used to get you back to the beginning. This is most obvious at the end of a 12 bar blues pattern where we use the last two bars to set ourselves up to go back to Bar 1 and repeat the pattern.
There's a lot of creativity that goes into a turnaround, but a few things tend to stand out:
- Chromatic lines
- Pedaling the tonic
- Ending on the V chord
In this lesson, we'll take a look at two very common blues turnarounds that will have a familiar sound to them. Keep in mind that these are the standard sound, but the turnaround is an excellent part to let your creativity come through.