Hello and welcome to this week’s harmonica lesson, where we will be looking at 3 turnaround examples that you can play on a C harmonica. The first one is a fairly generic example which is followed by Little Walter and then Sonny Boy Williamson phrases.
Although I’m playing them at a medium tempo you can adapt them to different styles of blues at different tempos as well as playing them in different keys.
What Is a Turnaround?
The turnaround is the last 2 bars of a 12 bar blues sequence. It is used to announce that the sequence is about to start again. Traditionally, the turnaround remains the same all the way through the song with a slight variation for the ending.
Focus on the V chord
Usually the last note of the turnaround relates to the root note of the V chord. This means that if you’re playing in 2nd position you will be aiming to end on either the 1 draw or 4 draw.
Make your own
Once you have learned these phrases don’t forget to come up with your own variations so that it really becomes part of your vocabulary. The turnaround is a really hard part to improvise well so I recommend that you have a couple of choice examples in your back pocket that you can pull out when the need arises!