Watch the Course Introduction online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 30 Jazz Turnarounds
Hi, I'm Frank Vignola, and welcome to 30 Jazz Turnarounds. When we perform a jazz standard or the blues, we usually play the song at least twice and sometimes even 5 or 6 times through the entire song. A turnaround is a progression played at the end of the song to get you back to the beginning of the song. A turnaround is also used in most AABA song forms to get you from the first A section to the 2nd A section.
In this course, we go through 30 different ways to play a turnaround. We use different common progressions like the 1-6-2-5, both 6 minor and dominant. We go through some modern bebop style turnarounds, chromatic approaches, and techniques like using a common tone on the top of each chord and use 5 different keys.
I perform each of the 30 turnarounds and then break it down for you note by note, chord by chord. In the performance demonstration video, I perform the turnaround straight, as written, playing it four times through to practice the fingerings. For the rest of the track, I use some rhythm approaches to play the turnaround as if I were on the bandstand. You will notice there are two measures of the groove before the turnaround is demonstrated. I used a ii-V for these two measures because most of the time, at the end of a song, a ii-V is used in some capacity to bring you to the last chord and to the spot in the song when you would play a turnaround.
So, tune up and let's get started learning some turnarounds!