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Watch the Working Man in A: Turnaround online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar: Intros, Outros & Turnarounds

So: What is a turnaround? A turnaround actually happens after the first chorus, and it usually just segues a little bit of instrumentation in between the chorus and the next verse for the singer. Kind of gives them a little breath, which is a good thing sometimes! And of course, sometimes songs have a lot of verses and choruses, so a full-on solo doesn't make sense.

Okay, so from a guitar player's perspective, what's really important about this turnaround? Well, essentially it's the same thing as the intro, with one exception. I like to change the turnaround up a little bit - keeping the signature lick, like we did in the intro - and then I like to go a little higher on the neck to give it a little bit of a climactic climb to the next verse for the singer.

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