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Turn Yourself Around with a Turnaround!
November 14, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016


First, I want to give a shout out to my puppy, Scooter, who is 7 years old today. Happy Birthday, little guy! Lots of treats and walks for you today.

So, I have to apologize for taking almost two weeks to send out the eNotes, but I think you will like this lesson. It's all about the turn.

What is a turnaround? Well, when you go one verse to a second verse or verse to chorus (as long as it is the I chord) then you often employ a turnaround, even if it isn't written into the chart. The most common turnaround is I-vi-ii-V7-I in whatever key you are in.

This alternative turnaround substitutes the I chord with a iii chord and the vi chord with a biii diminished. In the key of C, the traditional turnaround would be C-Am-Dm-G7.

The substitution would read Em-Ebdim-Dm-G7

Watch How It's Done

For lots more embellishments and ideas for making YOUR music come alive and jump off that page, check out all of the DVDs that will show you how it's done!

Learn Lots More

That's it for today. I will be playing at the beautiful Tewksbury Country Club this Friday night from 6:30-9:30PM for the local folks. The are using the fireplace now with cozy couches in front. Right next to the baby grand. Could I be any happier?! No, I think not.

Be well. Keep smiling. Keep laughing. Keep playing. I'll always be here to keep your musical passion alive, even during these rocky political roads we're driving on right now in America.
peace and love,

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