Blues Turn­arounds

This cru­cial part of a blues chord pro­gres­sion is de­signed to take you back to the start. Find out how…

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Turn­arounds are of­ten used in the last two bars of a 12-bar se­quence. Their pur­pose is, as the name de­scribes, to turn the chord pro­gres­sion around and pro­vide a mu­si­cal sign­post back to the start. The main melody of a blues of­ten con­cludes at the start of the 11th bar, so the turn­around has to de­velop the main tune and give a sense of move­ment to restart the pro­gres­sion. It’s also a great place to squeeze in a nice gui­tar lick be­fore the singer comes back in, so make sure to take a mo­ment to step into the spot­light!

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