Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Turnarounds, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Now that you know how to comp…and play all kinds of great stuff…through a 12-bar blues form,…you need to know how to get in and out of the form.…For this, we need some turnarounds, some intros,…and some endings.…A turnaround is a musical figure used at the end of the form…to bring you back to the top.…You use a turnaround when you're playing through the form…more than once.…It ends with a five-seven chord,…because this leads perfectly back to the one chord…at the top of the form.…The simplest turnaround, in fact,…is just to play the five chord…with a couple of leading tones before it.…
(blues notes)…Here's the last four bars of a blues…with a very simple turnaround.…(bluesy piano)…Okay, a stronger way to approach that five-seven chord…is to use a neighboring chord,…a chord that's a half-step away…from the chord you're approaching.…A neighboring chord could either be above or below a chord,…but in the blues we most often approach chords…from the half-step above.…
If the five chord you're about to play, for example, was G7,…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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