This lesson is really a two-part lesson. Part two will be next month and part one lays the foundation for next month. I promise you by the end of next month. A Turnaround is a chord progression that creates a harmonic movement that greatly enhances an ending of a song or creates a professional sounding return to the beginning of a specific section of a piece.
First let’s learn how to use a turnaround. In most cases (especially in songs of the 1920s,30s,40s,50s and the first half of the 1960s measures 7&8 were a perfect choice for a turnaround as they usually had 1 chord for measure 7 and continued that chord for the next two beats and then 1 chord for the last 2 beats. Let’s say we were playing in the key of C. Generally measures seven and the first two beats of measure 8 a C chord followed by a G7 chord.
Look for one of your songs in the key of C showing that measures seven and eight were just a C chord and a G7 chord.
Now utilize one of the two turnarounds for a major harmony improvement.
(+ = Augmented)
TURNAROUND 1 – EASY C , Amin, Dmin, G7
TURNAROUND 1 – INTERMEDIATE C, Amin7, Dmin7, G7
TURNAROUND 1 – ADVANCED C, Amin7, Dmin7, G7+
TURNAROUND 2 -EASY C, C#dim, Dmin, G7
TURNAROUND 2 – INTERMEDIATE C, C#dim, Dmin7, G7
TURNAROUND 2 – ADVANCED C, C#dim, Dmin, G7+
More Turnarounds next month and Turnarounds for Endings next month!
WHO’S SORRY NOW (click on song to download) was a huge hit for Connie Francis. Next month we are going to really make this song sound like the hit record. This month I want you to learn it as it’s written and be real comfortable playing it so next month when we really style it to top professional standards it will be much easier to add in all the new enhancements.