This is that one old school 12 bar blues turnaround that everyone and their brother/sister/uncle/cousin plays…

And you should too 🙂

It works for a shuffle or a slow blues and it’s just one of those moves you have to know, so get to learnin’ it.

PS – there’s no TAB on purpose because I want you to count up frets from the root like in the video 😉

    14 replies to "“The” Turnaround Lick…"

    • Raul Moralez

      Great. Got it. Thank you for the knowledge.

    • Art

      That lick is a must when playing the blues.

    • Chris G

      HI Griff. Yep, that’s an oldie but a goodie (RIP Tim Brooke-Taylor, also a goodie 🙁
      In fact I’ve been binge-listening to Johnny Winter the past couple of weeks while sitting at home, and he uses that turnaround A LOT.
      Cheers from Australia,
      Chris G

    • Cecil Cole

      Oh yes. More, more, Griff.

    • Charles Cockburn

      Great lesson Griff. Another cheeky request – I would love to be able to play the turnaround used by Peter Green in his version of Freddie King’s ‘The Stumble’ . If you don’t know this version you can find it on the 1967 album, ‘A Hard Road’ by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. There is also a blistering live version to be found on YouTube – it goes on for 7+ minutes and he doesn’t repeat himself once. Any chance of doing a lesson on it? Pretty please!

    • Alan

      I learned this one years ago but haven’t used it much (and maybe I should) It’s a classic though. Can’t play for the next day or two. I cut my fretting hand ring finger slicing a tomato.. ..oops. The good news is I missed the callous by a sixteenth of an inch or so. Good lesson Griff.

    • Dave Delisio

      Hey Griff, I have always wondered what the formula was to perform this and now I know! Awesome!
      Love your courses I have purchased and have learned so much from you! Hope all is well with you and your family!
      Dave Delisio
      Boise, Idaho

    • Bill C.

      I hadn’t learned any other turn arounds worth a darn, but in E I picked this one up and never thought about moving it up for other keys like that. So thanks for pointing out how easy it is to do. I guess it never occurred to me (doh!). Somewhere along the line I heard that turn around with a G# hammer on and an upstroke on the top strings at the bottom of the turn around and adopted that.

    • Cornfield

      What do you do when the key is “D”?

      • Griff

        Take it up to the 10th fret where D lives.

    • tony

      Okay so I am going on 61 years young and my Father played a form of this when I like maybe 8 . I started to do the same form he played about a year ago. I played it for one of my guitar friends and he said it was a very cool thing and he asked me to do it again. I admit I did not fully play the whole thing Like I said I do play a form like this. My Dad also added a little vibrato thing towards the end and I would ask him to play it again. I always got a delight hearing it. I guess it is why I am hooked on guitar.

      Thanks for a trip down memory lane .

    • Mike

      Another good’n Griff. You did cover this a few months back as part of of an intro. in E video. It is also a very good video. You hammered-on the G# in that one (very nice touch). These simple ‘taken for granted’ things are very helpful. Thanks man.

    • Chris Bell

      Heyho Griff. Hope you and yours are all good.
      Big thanks from southern England for your endless dedication to teaching us how to, when to and when not to. My family and close neighbour’s would also like to thank you as they are now able to enjoy listening to my musical efforts without cringing.
      Better still. They are actually asking me to play for them and most of the local wildlife has reappeared.
      Cheeky request. Please could you teach us some Albert Collins stuff?

      • Walt Otto

        Hey Chris from southern New England where about I’m in Rhode Island been look for someone blues mind around here !


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