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To play turnarounds we have to use triplets. A triplet is where you play three notes in the space of two.
Example One
In this turnaround we are walking up the fourth string and then sliding down to the D chord at the seventh fret. After the measure of D you just pick back up at the beginning on G.
You can pluck this out with your thumb, your middle fingernail or play it as a drop thumb pattern.
The count is 1& 2& 3& 4, 1& 2 3 4.
Example Two
This works along the same lines as example one, but now we are walking up the third string. The count is 1& 2& 3& 4, 1& 2 3 4.
Example Three
In this example we are playing diminished chords down the deck. The progression of B diminished, Bb diminished and A diminished leads you down to the G chord.
This is a pattern that will work anywhere on the fretboard and it turns up in all kinds of great blues music. Eric Clapton uses this same pattern in the songs, "Keys To The Highway" with BB King on the "Riding With The King" album.
Once you are comfortable with a couple of turnarounds try mixing one into the boogie chord progression.
I I6 I7 I6 | I I6 I7 I6
IV  IV6 IV7 IV6 | IV IV6 IV7 IV6 I I6 I7 I6 | I I6 I7 I6
V  V6 V7 V6 | IV IV6 IV7 IV6 TURNAROUND | I I6 I7 I6






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