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Be can now break the notes up into triplets, and play line 1 against the root played on 4th string. Now it starts to sound like a real turnaround again.


Then we go to line 2, and play it against the root on the open 1st string.


If we change key to A, and move line 2 down one octave, you get at turnaround that is very typical of Robert Johnson.


If we go back to E, and take another look at the chord sequence covered in Blues Guitar - Lesson 8: A Turnaround Chord Sequence, we will find the same line. But now the line is harmonized:

If you listen to the playing of Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Blake, you can often hear them playing a turnaround in C, which is also a "harmonized line 2". If we use the same sequence as above, and transpose to C, it would be:


But they will usually play the relative major to the Fm chord, which is Ab. Then the sequence will be:


Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Blake played a highly syncopated rhythm. You do not get their sound just by playing the chords. But I will not discuss their playing styles in this lessons.

If you should wonder if you could substitute the Am minor in the E-sequence with it's relative major C, the answer is yes. But you have to try it out for yourself. In the next turnaround lesson, we will look more at some turnaround licks.

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