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These chord postiotions are all moveable, and can be used in any ey. If we move the E - G#dim - Gdim - F#dim - E sequence up five frets (a fourth), we go to A-major, and the chords will be A - C#dim - Cdim - Bdim - A.

A C#dim Cdim Bdim


Listen to the opening ant the break in Robert Johnson's tune Kindhearted Woman for an example on how these chords can be used in A-major. (For a long time it has been my intent to discuss Kindhearted Woman a little more in depth, but it is still nothing more than a plan for a future lesson.)

In the next part of this lesson, we will discuss a few other positions for the same chords.

In this part 2, I will introduce some other chord positions, and you have to experiment with how you can make various turnarounds based on these chords.

First we will move to the strings 4, 3 and 2, and go to they key D-major. The chords will then be D - F#dim - Fdim - Edim - D.

D F#dim Fdim Edim


Move it down two frets, and you are in C-major, where you have to play a few open strings.

C Edim Ebdim Ddim


You can of course move this up one fret to Eb, two frets to E, etc, instead of going down.

(Some work still need to be done here. Come back in a few days ...)

If you prefer D - D7 - C#7 - C7 - D7, the chords will be:

And the D - D#dim7 - Ddim7 - C#dim7 - D will be:

On the strings 5, 4 and 3, we can for instance play in A.

A C#dim Cdim Bdim


Go down two frets, and you are in G-major, where again you have to play some open strings.

The chords A - A7 - G#7 - G7 - A will be:

And the chords A - A#dim7 - Adim7 - G#dim7 - A will be:

You can move this across to the three bottom strings. The fingering will be the same, just on the adjacent set of strings. I'll give you the chords E - G#dim - G#dim - F#dim - E for the key E-major, and you should be able to figure out the rest. To me, the turnaround does not sound too good so deep down in the bass. But try it, and make your own judgement.

This is so far we will get now. I will continue the discussion on blues turnarounds in about a month. If you want more, and cannot wait, Dave Rubin has just published a book on Blues Turnarounds. I have not yet seen the book, and cannot make any further commnets on it. But I have yet to see a book from Dave Rubin that is not good, so I guess it will be worth having. I will get myself a copy of the book.

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