E Turnaround

Turnarounds are the few bars that wrap a piece of music back to the beginning, ready to start again. In this lesson, Charlie will show us a very useful turnaround on the key of E.

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Our turnaround in the key of E comes in on bar 11 of our 12-bar Blues progression and goes through bars 11 and 12, and brings us back to bar 1. Let's have a look at it.

So, we place our second finger on the G or third string and on the fourth fret. We place our third finger also on the fourth fret but on the first string. I'm going to play my G. Followed by my E, and then my open B, which is the second string. G first, E string and open B string ...

I play that twice, move down to the third fret, play it once, down to my second fret, play it once. First finger on the G#, first fret of the G string.

With the right hand, if I'm using my pick, I'm going to play down stroke, upstroke on the E, downstroke on the B. I need to practice that motion a few times so that it becomes nice and accurate, and then move through the other positions: third fret, second fret, one for the G#.

For the second part of the turnaround, I play my open E. I like to use my fourth finger on the fourth fret for the G#, open A, A#... after I play that little run I go straight into my B7 chord. The reason I'm going into that B7 chord is that I want to follow through after I played the B note. I want to follow through on the chord shape. So I just strum down straight after I played that final B.

Right hand pick for that...

Notice when I play the B note I follow through with the following strings. I don't want to go back and grab that B. So, I'm just going to follow straight through after playing my B note, final note of the run, I then play the remainder of the chord.

Another option would be, if I wasn't using a plectrum (pick), to use the fingers of my right hand to pick the turnaround. I use my thumb on the G, my second finger on the E and my first finger on the B, so I get thumb, second, first. And I go through those positions again: fourth fret, third fret, second fret, [G#], and then play my bass notes for my run with my thumb.

So there we have our E turnaround. Pretty much if you break it up into two parts, practice the first part, then work on the second part and then put both together and away you go back into that little Blues. Have fun! Keep playing!


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