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12 Essential Blues Turnarounds

12 Essential Blues Turnarounds
by Andy Ellis Are your blues a little tired? Crave some fresh sounds? Guitar Lesson Click here to download the power tab for this guitar lesson. Form and Function First, a definition: A turnaround is a short (typically two-bar) passage at the end of a blues progression that’s designed to elegantly walk you to the V7, which in turn resolves to the I7 in bar 1. Contrary Motion A turnaround derives its energy from tension and release. Take a close look at the intervals in bar 1’s second, third, and fourth beats. Contrary motion also powers Ex. 2. You don’t have to arpeggiate the intervals. Contractions Many turnarounds feature a moving line against a repeated, static note. The Eaug functions as an uptown V7, adding a touch of jazzy sophistication. Let’s first analyze this turnaround in terms of scale degrees: The line comprises 3, 4, b5, and 5, and the root repeats above it. We’re in the key of C. That’s cool—but why stop there?

The 23 Essential Guitar Arpeggios to Get Smooth Photo by Benjamin Deutsch Arpeggios are often used for sweep picking also referred as economy picking (different from alternate picking). It is a technique that creates a fast and fluid sound. Frank Gambale, Yngwie Malmsteen among others are experts in this field. Besides using it for fast playing, I really like to use it as a handy tool for improvisation. If you don’t want to sound like you are playing scales all the time then you can use arpeggios as an extra ingredient to spice things up with a really nice flavor. When using arpeggios in improvisation play them occasionally, try to play parts and pieces or play random notes of an arpeggio to create cool sounding licks. Tip1: Not only play arpeggios but use them in your improvisation. Tip2: Learn every arpeggio in different positions on the neck so you become familiar with the shape of the arpeggio rather than concentrating on which frets you put your fingers in one particular postion. Have fun and work hard.

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