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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 7: Blues Turnarounds in Tablature

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 7: Blues Turnarounds in Tablature

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 7

    • 2. Blues Turnarounds in Tablature

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 7: Blues Turnarounds in Tablature

This is the seventh class in the series. In this class we learn how to play blues turnaround during the last 1 or 2 bars of a 12 bar blues to bring us back to the beginning.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 7: Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist? Yeah, me, too. How about settling for me instead? Consider this. I played guitar off and on now for the last several decades and still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. But that still makes me probably a better guitars than you. Another thing to consider. I seem to be a good teacher. I taught several friends how to play blues, rhythm and leave. Now I'm asking you to join the team, not because I'm a great guitarist. I'm far from it. Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method, though I may have. You don't know not because I'm out to make a $1,000,000 though. Wouldn't that be cool? I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun for both of us. This'll course is unique and that I'm not a very good guitar player, So taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy. It's less intimidating than spending lots of money and learning from a professional. So come on, let's play some blues guitar together. There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with. We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open a power courts. The core, the blues and rock and roll was in just one finger. Then we'll add that be accord using the second finger. And from there were off to the races. Power chords, open courts, bar courts, rock and roll rhythm and blues shuffle with it's all Here in guitar diagrams and talent. The course includes information on a how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with the solo blues intro Shuffle, Turn Around and singing and lead Conclusion. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to play. Begin blues, rhythm and lead guitar or your money back. No, seriously, you Demi offers a 30 day, no questions asked. Money back guarantee on corgis is courses purchased, so there goes your risk. So if you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar way, not join me for a one buddy session while we learned together, I'll see you in the classroom. This has been Brian 2. Blues Turnarounds in Tablature: hello and welcome to the lecture on blues turnarounds or how to begin all over again. This is about what you can play in, like the last bar or two of a 12 bar blues to cycle back to the beginning. Now, yes, if you play the 12 Bar Blues, you're going to be playing the route or the one chord or, for instance, the year the G chord during the 11th and 12th bars. But sometimes you want to do something different there, the other than just Plame or of the route cord gets boring. So one of the turnarounds you've actually already seen in a slide where we talked about augmenting this basic 12 bar blues. So here's your first turn around, and that is as you're coming down the last few, Ah, bars, you're going down. And and and and and and and and and and and and and and and then and then and then and then and then you go back up to the five again now and then and then and then let me play that for you. So you know what it sounds like? Okay, normally we would stick with that route cord so it would sound something like this The last ah few bars the night through the 12 way you would normally play it. But what I am recommending is that Ugo and you go right back into chugging your 12 bar blues. So that's the first turn around. And it's very simple. Turnarounds don't have to be complicated to be effective learning a whole bunch of cheap ones as many as you can. So your first assignment is to do what I just did play turn around number one at the end of the 12 Bar Blues and then start the next 12 bar blues right after it. After all, it is a turnaround. It's between to play ings of the 12 bar blues. Now, next, What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna introduce tablature to you. Now I'm going to do this again in a later lecture because I didn't realize I needed it. Now I'm recording out of order, so you're going to hear this twice. So we have the neck and tablets. You're kind of tries to represent the neck except when you're going from left to right, rather than moving up and down the neck. You're moving through time. So you're playing notes from the left to the right, just like reading a book. The other thing to note is that the low string, the one that's closest to you, is on the bottom and the high string is on the top. So it's like you're looking over at the neck and looking down at it. So those notes that air down at the bottom, in fact, there you'll notice it. It's saying Play the third fret on the second string, the lowest strengths that be the A string play. The third fret twice, and this is twinkle, twinkle, little star. So if I play these notes now planned, open A. That's not a that's a D right. So if I play these notes, I'm playing Twinkle, Twinkle little star. Now Tab is the root or the core off playing guitar music, so you need to learn tab and to find it. If I was to put our little shuffle pattern, what we've been doing with the alternating notes in the key of G into Tab, it would look like this and it would play like right and you'd move up to the sea and the D Now that we understand Tab, here's something that's a little complicated. It's a turnaround. So we're looking at the last two measures of a 12 bar blues and the first measure of the new 12 bar blues. So all you're doing is you're playing the route cord here. We're doing this in G. So and then there's a turnaround. So you had and then you do something and that something is to hold down. I just do this with my third finger, the notes on the five Fred and I slide it up. That's a slide symbol there through the six to the seventh, so it sounds like this. OK, so great turnaround. And then you're back to chugging along again in G. So let's let's give that a try together, right? Just keep playing that over and over again until you get into that mood and then start up your Children. Start up your chug right after you played, cause this is a turnaround. Your next assignment is to play that turnaround. We just played it together, but try working it into a 12 bars blues. Just that dad ad Ah, it's a neat little turn around it just takes one the last bar and even gives you a little bit of space toe. Wait and get ready to chug again with borrow one. Now, I want to point out the fact that our little introduction is actually a great turnaround. So remember us doing this? That's a great turnaround. So as you're coming down, Okay, that would be an e so thing right. And then you go right back into the blues again. So used the introductions that I taught you as turnarounds. And remember, you can do the same thing in G here by just borrowing that turn around. This is a little hard to play. To tell you the truth, I have a hard time, and your assignment is to play those intros as turnarounds. Go ahead and do that. Now you can refer back to them. So here what we're doing is what I'm showing you the tab. If you remember that we had a second introduction kind of a walk down, and I'm showing you in tablature form so we can see it a little easier. Rather than having multiple displays of fret boards on multiple screens, you could see everything on one screen. So what you're doing is you're ending on that last chord. This is N e. So we're going along playing and then you get that vote and then you go, do, do, do, do, do, do, do do do do boo doo doo And it sounds something like this Let's start back a little so we could go anyway you get the hang of it even if I can't play it So that's the second introduction. Use that as a turnaround as well. It's a great turnaround. Just use it on bars. Once again, this would be 11 and 12. And then here's bar one starting up with a new chug and notice I put the count on it so you can see where these happen. These air triplets, these five string walk down that you're doing here are triplets. So they count one per So you haven't nb 123 do do do and then you have a little a gap of about 1.5 counts before you start chugging again. So what did we learn in this lecture? It was a short lecture because we're primarily using our introductions, but we learned how to read tablature, and we're going to get a refresher course on how to read tablature in just a few more lectures in case you didn't quite follow. And we also learned how to play four blues turnarounds, so that was pretty productive. I'm going to see you in the next lecture where we're gonna learn the minor pentatonic scale .