Intros, Outros, and Turnarounds

Twenty fingerstyle blues licks that you can you can use to begin, end, and transition in your twelve bar blues playing. Enjoy the old-timey feel of these timeless masterpieces.

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Learn licks that exemplify the roots of the genre. Build blues vocabulary that can be used to play classic tunes, or even craft your own.

Lessons in this Series:

Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Mike let's you know what Intros Outros and Turnarounds is about, what you need to know going in, and what you can expect to learn.

Length: 3:06 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 7

Outro in E inspired by Blind Blake & Scrapper Blackwell

This lick owes something to both Blind Blake and Scrapper Blackwell. Use it to finish your song with style!

Length: 3:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 8

Turnaround in A

This turnaround is sure to keep your 12 bar blues in A coming back for more.

Length: 3:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 9

Another Turnaround in A

Yet another A turnaround lick to make your blues move.

Length: 2:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 10

Intro in A inspired by Scrapper Blackwell

There is a lot of Scrapper Blackwell in this A intro, and that's a good thing! Get this lick under your fingers and find out for yourself.

Length: 3:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 11

Intro in A inspired by Scrapper Blackwell & Big Bill Brunsey

Scrapper Blackwell and Big Bill Brunsey left their mark on this lick for all of your 12 bar A blues guitar playing intro needs.

Length: 2:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 12

Outro in A Inspired by Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson sure knew how to finish a song in style, and now you will too, thanks to this outro in A!

Length: 4:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 13

Gospel Walk Up, Robert Johnson Style

Can you hear the gospel roots in the Robert Johnson - inspired lick? Get it under your fingers and find out!

Length: 3:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 14

Walkdown in A with Many Influences

There is a bit of Bill Broonzy, Scrapper Blackwell, and Robert Johnson in this walkdown. Learn it, and your A blues chops will thank you.

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 15

E Outro in the Style of Freddie King

Freddie Kind would have a lot to say about this ending for your E blues.

Length: 4:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 16

A Key Turnaround in the style of Robert Johnson

Turn your blues around like Robert Johnson when you learn this lick in A.

Length: 2:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 17

Outro in A Inspired by Lonny Johnson & Scrapper Blackwell

End your A blues with this great lick in the style of Lonny Johnson & Scrapper Blackwell.

Length: 4:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 18

Outro in A With Elements of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson's influence can be heard in this A key blues outro.

Length: 3:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 19

Double Stop Outro in A

This A key outro uses double stops (two notes at a time) to put some zing in your blues endings.

Length: 3:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 20

Pedmont Blues style Turnaround in C

This turnaround takes its inspiration from the Pedmont blues of Reverend Gary Davis.

Length: 3:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Mike Tolle Guitar Lessons Lesson 21

G Turnaround Walk Down & Up

Turn your blues around Blind Blake style with this last oldtime lick that walks around the neck in the key of G.

Length: 3:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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