E Picking Blues with Turnaround Part 2

In the first part of this lesson, Charlie introduced a blues in the key of E. In the second part, he will cover a simple turnaround you can use together with this blues.

The diagrams below show the position of the fingers on your left hand to play the basic chords used in this lesson.

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Ok, now we are going to add our turnaround to our 12 bar blues progression. This is played over the final two bars of the 12 bar blues. Let's have a look at it.

Ok, the first thing we do we play the open D string and then we hammer our second finger into the second fret. Here's that hammer... play the E note again ... Open D,...

Go to a C# with your fourth finger up on the A string, moving down chromatically, which means one fret at a time, down to your third fret, down to your second fret...

We then move into a C9 chord ... followed by a B9 chord ...

In order to flatten that third finger on the ninth chord you may have to push your wrist out towards the end of the guitar neck a little bit, and that tends to flatten that third finger down ... And we're going from a C9 into a B9.

The last three notes I'm going to play are open E, am going to bend G, pull that down just a little bit, and back onto my open E again... and I'm back into where I started my E Chord.

Here is another little effect that kind of makes this blues sound a little bit cooler, and that's a thing that I call a 'clutch' chord. That's where we actually hammer the chord down onto the strings. We only really do it at the very beginning of our little progression, at the beginning of each chord. Like on the E chord, we're going to hammer down on the E chord, also on the A7 bar chord. I'll give you a little demo on that one.

On the E chord what I'm doing is I'm picking my bass note and I'm going to up-pick the other three strings and hammer down onto that E ...

Picking that E note with my thumb. The other three strings, which are the D, the G and the B, I'm picking upwards with my other three fingers: first, second and third.

In the A position and the B position is exactly the same right hand except that I leave my first finger on and hammer down with my other two fingers ... Bass note with my thumb ...

Let's just put the whole thing together and see what comes out of it ...

Ok, so there you go. There's our blues in E. Make sure you spend a little bit of time practising your left and right hand, coordinating left and right hand just on that E chord down the bottom of the neck. Take it really slow to start with and gradually build up your tempo. You may have to work on your chord changes separately, so just practice going from the E to the A position and then to the B position, just with a straight strum will be fine, and once you've got that right hand going, put the whole thing together.

Good luck, I know you're going to have a great time doing it.

 

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