Trills, Tweedlies, and Turns, Oh My!

In today’s blues lead lesson we’re going to talk about something called “ornaments,” in the classical world…

And while this ain’t classical music by any means, these ornaments are still pretty darn cool, and worth your time to start mastering.

There are 3, the trill, the “tweedlie” (a mordent, I believe, if you want to be fancy and hold your pinky up) and a turn (which, is different the way I use it than in classical music… but just by a little.)

If you can get these down, you can take even the simplest of idea and make it sound way cooler!

16 Comments

  • Jumpin Jack Flash

    Reply Reply June 30, 2018

    very interesting….very informative …

  • John Weaver

    Reply Reply June 28, 2018

    Great stuff, just what I needed. Thanks

  • Bob Barker

    Reply Reply June 28, 2018

    Great lesson as always, Griff.
    I have a question please. In the Turnaround you used a slide instead of the usual hammer-on/pull – off in one of your examples. Is there any benefit or reason for using a slide instead of the hammer-on /pull-off? I’ve seen quite a few guys using the slide up and back 1 fret recently and wondered about the reasoning behind doing this.
    Cheers,
    Bob

  • ChrisGSP

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Aston Martin Vantage T-shirt? Nice car, and a bit of a change from your usual music-themed shirts, Griff. And is this the first time we’ve seen the Gold-Top Les Paul? Cool lesson.
    Cheers from the Land of Oz,
    ChrisG

  • David Chaffe

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Hi Griff, maybe I missed this but does the turn use a note that is not in the scale “officially”? Since it is only a 1/2 step, is that what makes it a turn?

  • Brian

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Yes, very cool! and yes, I did dug it.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Good advice. Thanks for the lesson Griff.

    6/27/18

  • Alexander

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Great video, always so informative. Could you include the tab for the turn around. I’ll have to watch it a few times to understand that, but overall I really dig this lesson. Thanks!

  • Dan

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Is there any other kind of string besides EB Slinks?

  • Mark

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Cool lesson thanks Griff!

  • Steve Schory

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    You were right on everything except the spelling. Its mordente.

  • mike z.

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Griff , this is a big help to me to add a little “pizazz ” to a riff . I have been using the trill , but this really sounds great . Thanks for this great lesson . Mike Z.

  • David

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Hi,

    Does anyone know what strings Griff uses on this Les Paul?

    I can’t get these bends and pull-offs on my Epiphone LP

    Sounds good.

    • Lloyd Hanson

      Reply Reply June 27, 2018

      Historically, Griff uses Ernie Ball Slinkys, usually .010 (EB item number 2221).

    • Griff

      Reply Reply June 27, 2018

      Lloyd is correct. Been using them for many years.

  • Geo

    Reply Reply June 27, 2018

    Excellent, excellent, excellent. Clear, concise and straight to the point.

    Geo J

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