20 Great Blues Turnarounds
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In this lesson we look at 20 great Blues turnarounds that you should know.
The majority of contemporary blues music is based on what is termed a 12-bar format. That is, the main body of a song follows a set pattern of chords over 12 bars of music that is repeated over and over. Some songs may have several different patterns to give them a bit of variety, but the guts of the song will normally be based on a set chord pattern for every 12 bars of music. So, if someone says to you, “play a 12-bar”, this is what they are referring to.
Let’s now start off with a standard 12-bar blues in its simplest form using the I, IV and V chords in the key of A in simple 4/4 time. It is 12 bars, or measures, long. Each measure lasts for 4 beats
To break it down:
Measures 1-4 we play the I chord. Measures 5-6 we’ll play the IV chord, measures 7-8 is back to the I chord, 9th measure the V chord, 10th measure is the IV chord, and in measures 11 and 12 we’ll go back to the I chord. We’ll find that the turnaround occurs in these last two measures.
In this course you will learn 20 great turarounds that can played over bars 11 & 12 in the Keys of E and A.