5 ways to play a blues turnaround on guitar

Billy Gibbons
Billy Gibbons is a master of the turnaround (Image credit: Ed Rode/Getty Images)

The turnaround is the section of a piece of music that leads back to the beginning. In a 12-bar blues, you can think of either the last four bars or the last two bars as the turnaround.

For now, we’re just focusing on the last two. If you nail the turnaround, you’ll sound like you know exactly what you’re doing, and your solos will have satisfying endings.

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).