Magazine article Guitar Player

STRICTLY FOLK: The Blues Turnaround

Magazine article Guitar Player

STRICTLY FOLK: The Blues Turnaround

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If you have done some listening to country blues, you gression over again. Most blues singers that I know call this the might have noticed that there is usually a short instrumental "turnaround," and it is a good way to begin getting into break at the end of each verse. This break serves the purpose playing instrumental breaks. As you probably know, most of turning the song around and bringing it back to the blues are based on a 12-bar progression, the most commonly beginning of the next verse, starting the blues chord pro- used being this:

Of course, this can be played in any key. I'm using E because it's the most popular for playing blues, primarily because of the convenience of the open E and A strings.

The turnaround can be played in dozens of ways: on the bass strings, as chord patterns, on the high strings, and so on. Ending on the B7 chord gives you an unresolved feeling, and leads your ear to the E chord for the beginning of the next verse. …

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