The turnaround is a cornerstone of any good blues or jazz solo – and YouTube guitar tutor royalty Tim Lerch will up your game with these must-learn licks

Jazz guitarist Tim Lerch
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Tim Lerch is a highly experienced guitar tutor, and his YouTube channel boasts over 50,000 subscribers. In this lesson we are delighted to have Tim onboard to share with us 14 of his favourite jazz-blues turnarounds. For context and continuity, all of our turnarounds are in the key of Bb major and will work over a blues in Bb. Let’s take a look a the basic 12-bar blues progression in our key of Bb major.

The phrase ‘turnaround’ is used to describe the last two or fours bars of the blues sequence. All of the chords in our Bb progression are dominant 7ths and this frees us up to substitute various chords with a view to creating more harmonically elaborate turnaround passages. 

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Jon Bishop

Jon Bishop is a UK-based guitarist and freelance musician, and a longtime contributor to Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar. He's a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and is touring and recording guitarist for British rock 'n' roll royalty Shakin’ Stevens.