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One way to make variations, is to combine elements from various turnarounds. One example is this:


Or the other way:


But from here it is better to think of turaround licks based on the blues scale, rater than on chord sequences.


There are many ways you can vary these small scale based run. But the next one is not right on the point, and I will explain why.


In the example above, we simply came home a little bit too early. We should not end on the E before the first beat in the last bar. We have to add something, to get home on time. One simple way is to slow the lick down by making one note longer. It could be the first note on the third beat, like this:


Or it can be the first note on the last beat:


I am not saying that it is wrong if you make one of the other notes longer. In my opinion, they will usually not work as well. But usually is not always. And you decide what is right for you.

Another approach is to break the sequence by adding an extra note. You can go to the 7th below the root, in this case a D, like this:


Another possibility is to add the flat five - the note that distinguish the blues scale from the minor pentatonic scale:


This concludes the mini-series on blues turnarounds. There are of course many other turnarounds, both in the key of E and in other keys. But this should give you something to work from.

I will from time to time upload more turnarounds in various keys. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will be among the first to know when there are new turnarounds around.

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