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Lesson 8 - Turnarounds

A turnaround is a short (usually four chord) section at the end of a larger progression. The turnaround serves to return the progression to its original starting point. The last two bars of the following progression are an example of a turnaround:

|CΔ	Dm7	|Em7	FΔ	|CΔ	BbΔ	|EbΔ	Ab7	|

There are a vast number of turnarounds. Some of the more common ones are shown below. Because turnarounds are usually very quick and also change key centers often, arpeggios are usually the best solution for improvising over them. However, each situation is different. Some turnarounds are totally diatonic. Some have only two key centers. Pentatonic scales can often be used in turnarounds which are primarily dominant seventh chords. Be flexible in your approach to turnarounds and experiment with each new one that you use.

Turnarounds in the key of C
Am7 Dm7 G7
C7 A7 D7 G7
C7 A7 Ab7 G7
EbΔ AbΔ G7
Eb7 Ab7 Db7
BbΔ EbΔ Ab7
Bb7 Eb7 Ab7
C7 Bb7 Eb7 Ab7
BbΔ Dm7 G7
Em7 A7 Dm7 G7

Try the turnarounds above in larger extensions and with sharped or flatted fifths and ninths.

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