Turnaround in the Bass (Guitar Lesson)

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Hawkeye Herman

Turnaround in the Bass

Hawkeye explains how the blues turnaround can be played on the bass strings.

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Blues Guitar with Hawkeye seriesLength: 11:12Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (05:40) Turnaround on the Bass Strings Review Time

Hawkeye explains how to play the same turnaround that you have already learned on the bass strings. Review this turnaround and its rhythmic variations if necessary. Playing this turnaround in the bass range will add some extra variety to your playing.

Turnaround Using the Bass Strings

Remember that the turnaround begins with the tonic chord, E7, and descends this chord shape down in half steps. Moving a chord shape downwards in a half step motion is called "chord planing."

Essentially, the note on the third string (the fifth of each chord) remains unchanged. The third of each chord, which is located on the high E string is moved to the low E string. The open high E string is now played as a pedal tone against each chord in the turnaround. Watch Hawkeye at 2:50 for a demonstration. Pluck the 6th and 3rd strings simultaneously. Then, pluck the high E string. Rhythmic variations can be applied to this turnaround just like the higher version of the turnaround discussed in previous lessons.

The Fingering

When playing the turnaround in this manner, you must alter the fingering of each chord shape. Use the second finger to fret the notes on the 6th string. Use your third finger to fret all notes on the 3rd string.

Philosophy on Blues Improvisation

The key to playing blues is playing in the "now" and adjusting your performance to how you feel at that moment. Learning all the possible options available to you such as varying your turnarounds will help you accomplish this goal.
Chapter 2: (05:16) Using the Turnaround The best way to test out the sound of a new variation is to insert it into the context of a 12 bar blues. Play through the form repeatedly, and try to play a different turnaround variation each time in bars 11 and 12. Play the low version and its variations as well as the high version and its variations. Listen to Hawkeye demonstrate the high and low turnarounds within the context of the form and imitate his example.


In the previous lesson, Hawkeye taught you how to transpose the turnaround lick to any key. If you have any confusion about this process, review the previous lesson before proceeding. In this lesson, Hawkeye demonstrates how to transpose the bass version of the turnaround to any key. Simply begin the first turnaround chord four frets up from the tonic barre chord shape. For example, in the key of G, the tonic G barre chord is played at the third fret. Consequently, the first turnaround chord will begin at the 7th fret. The high E pedal tone will not work in any other key other than E major. Consequently, Hawkeye chooses to double the third of each chord by placing the pinky finger on the high E string of each chord. Place the pinkie finger on the same fret as the bass note for each chord.

Once again, practice all rhythmic variations of this turnaround in all 12 keys. Hawkeye gives you some help with the keys of A and C to get you started on this process. Complete the remaining keys on your own time.

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neardowellneardowell replied

Hawkeye - I'm a self-taught old guy finally taking some lessons 40 years late! Really enjoying your lessons - they make sense, they're paced in a way I can keep up, they're a lot of fun; and you know? I'm actually learning a thing or two. Thanks Hawkeye! Wow!

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied

Thanks a lot.

martintrinimartintrini replied

Man your making this fun

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for your kind comments and for enjoying these lessons. My goal is to make learning/practicing/playing blues guitar engaging & FUN. Note that there are many FREE guitar lessons at my website at www.hawkeyeherman.com ... & 'click' on the 'Guitar Lessons' page. Click on The "Videos' page at my web site to view many videos of me playing/singing blues in concert ... try to play along with me, it's good practice ... and try to 'steal' my licks/riffs/ideas. Again, thanks for your kind words. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

Silverfox56Silverfox56 replied

Instructor is much too fast for beginner

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Well, yeah, that's because this is NOT a Phase One/Beginner Course. It is clearly listed as a PHASE TWO/not for beginner's course. I highly recommend that, if you're a beginner, you select classes from the PHASE ONE aspect of the JamPlay offerings/'catalog.'

AzeddineAzeddine replied

Thanks Hawkeye for your inspiring, motivating, enthousiatic and easy to follow teaching style. So far my problem has been the "barré chords" because of short fingers on big sailor hands: good for sheeting ind the sails and pulling the anchor, but lousy for the guitar... It would be a good idea to move lesson 115 (Barré Chords) to the begining of the course (lesson 6 or 7). I discovered it (lesson 115) by chance yesterday, going through the course overview and it was a TREMENDOUS help!

djujdjuj replied

Great lessons! The bass turnaround reminds me of Blackbird. I guess that's how Paul McCartney wrote the song. By playing lots of blues!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Yup ... 'blues is the roots, and everything else is the fruits.' ;-)

rosstuckerrosstucker replied

Hawkeye? if you were playing a blues in the Key of C - Root on the 5th string (first finger on 3rd fret, 5th string and third finger on 5th fret, 4th string....when you go to do the 'turn around' would you just up to the 11th fret (top 3 strings) for the turn around? or...is there something 'closer' that would be better? I hope you can help. Thanks.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for your question, Ross. You can create the turnaround in the key of C by making a simple first position D7 chord on the top/high three strings, now move that chord shape up the neck so that you index finger is at the 11th fret of the 2nd string and fingers two and three are at the 12th fret of the 1st and 3rd strings. Play that chord shape on the top three strings in that position, then the same chord shape down 1/2 step (1 fret down), the index finger now at the 11th fret and fingers 2 and 3 at the 10th fret, now down another 1/2 step (1 fret down) so that the index finger is at the 9th fret and the fingers 2 and 3 are at the 10th fret, and now resolve this by playing a 'partial' of a barred C chord (E or F shaped barre chord) at the 8th fret ... index finger will now be fretting strings 1 and 2 at the 8th fret and finger 2 is playing at the 9th fret, which consists of the first/top three strings of an F-shaped barre chord at the 8th fret, a barred C chord. Another way to play the turnaround in the key of C that is closer in position to the C chord you described is to pick (simultaneously or individually) the 2nd and 4th strings at the 5th fret (I use my 2nd and 3rd fingers for this), then play the 2nd and 4th strings at the 4th fret, play the 2nd and 4th strings at the 3rd fret, and now resolve with a simple/basic first position C chord, or the version of the C chord that you described. Also, if you wish, while playing strings 2 and 4 in this turnaround shape you can add the open top high E string (1st string) alternately in between notes from the 2nd and 3rd string throughout the series of movement down the neck using your index finger to pick the high string while your 2nd and 3rd fingers are fretting strings 2 and 4. I hope this is helpful to you. It is VERY difficult to describe guitar playing techniques with text/words. ;-) May I suggest you view some of the many blues songs that I have posted on youtube ... try to play along with me, it's good practice, and try to 'steal' my ideas/licks/riffs ;-): http://www.youtube.com/user/HawkeyeH ... and please be sure to check out/explore my web site for more free guitar lessons and blues history information: http://www.HawkeyeHerman.com ... I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. Thanks again for your question and for 'traveling' with me on the 'blues highway' here at JamPlay.com.

brusbrus replied

Must feel the blues in order to play it; you really make me feel your blues when teaching Hawkeye Herman. Please keep feeling it, thanks so much.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much for your kind comments, Brus. I'm glad you're enjoying these lessons and that you recognize the 'truth' and directness in my playing and singing. By the way, there are free guitar lessons at my web site: http://hawkeyeherman.com/guitar-lessons.htm ... and plese be sure to watch some of the many blues songs I have performed on video so that you can see how I use the techniques I teach here online when I'm performing in concerts and at festivals, try to play along with me, it's good practice, and try to 'steal my licks/riffs/ideas: http://www.youtube.com/user/HawkeyeH ... I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons and traveling with me on the 'blues highway' here at JamPlay.com.

cadcocadco replied

You're a genius, Hawkeye! I am learning so fast from your lessons, thank you so much. I looked up your music on spotify. It's awesome. God Bless

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much, Michael. I do appreciate your kind comments, although I'm certainly no 'genius' ... ;-) ... I'm simply a guy who, (obviously), loves the music and who enjoys sharing what I know about blues guitar/blues history with others ... and I'm able to do so in an enthusiastic and (usually) lucid (and fun, I hope) manner. It’s most gratifying to know that my lessons are having an impact on your guitar playing skills. As I’ve stated many times before … I have given a lot of time and thought into the order and content of each lesson ... if you follow the order of lessons you'll have a strong foundation in the blues and be able to understand most aspects of the music and play and create blues music on your own ... I hope you'll stick with it and continue to enjoy the process of progressing from one lesson to the next at your own pace/speed. There are free guitar lessons at my web site, here: www.hawkeyeherman.com/guitar-lessons.htm … and many great articels on blues here: www.hawkeyeherman.com/articles.htm … and I hope you'll watch some of my performance videos so as to see how I use the techniques I teach here at jamplay.com when I'm performing: www.youtube.com/profile?user=HawkeyeH ... Thanks again for the kind comments. Very much appreciated. I hope you continue to enjoy ‘traveling’ with me on the ‘blues highway’ here at JamPlay.com.

probbinsprobbins replied

Sir Hawkeye, Again your reply has probably nailed the question, even for some one who likes to know the why as well as the how, of things. Probably like yourself I have trouble repeating what I have just played if playing ad hoc, just need to accept this. Harder when you are trying to play with others perhaps and learning to understand what needs to be done to fit with what they are playing.. Either way thanks for your lessons, teaching style and enthusiasm. Paul

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Hi Paul. I'm glad you can accept my response to your 'technical question' about music theory in the manner that it was intended. Don't get hung up in the details and let music theory stand in the way of your active pursuit of playing blues guitar. "All will be revealed to you in time." For now, your job is to do what the iconic blues masters whom I learned from directly told me to do ... "Put your fingers here, and do this." Get your basic skills down first, and don't let the pursuit of music theory explanations stand in the way of your developing your skills. This is blues music, not classical music, and understanding the music theory behind it all will serve you better further on up the road. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons and 'traveling' with me on the 'blues highway' here at JamPlayl.com. Please be sure to visit my web site: http://www.HawkeyeHerman.com ... there are free guitar lessons there, and click on the 'Videos' navigation bar and watch me play many songs in concert and you'll see me utilize many of the blues guitar techniques I teach here online, try to play along with me, it's good practice ;-) ... and even try to 'steal' my licks/riffs//musical ideas. Enjoy the process of learning/practicing/playing blues guitar ... forever.

gricon67gricon67 replied

Thanks Hawkeye, you make these lessons so enjoyable. You are a very good teacher and make these lessons not seem like work. It will be nice one day to tell people that I learned the Blues from The Great Hawkeye Herman. I cant wait to see whats in the future lessons.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much for your kind comments. Very much appreciated. I hope you continue to follow these lessons in the order they are presented, don't rush, be patient with yourself , and progress at your own speed ... and you'll be gaining a strong understanding and foundation in blues music and blues guitar playing. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. Again, thanks so much for traveling on the 'blues highway' here at JamPlay.com.

pattigeorgepattigeorge replied

I know it's difficult to duplicate live lessons but you've come damn close.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for the comments, George. Much appreciated.

greenboogiegreenboogie replied

Yes these are probably the very best lessons to be found. Can go up on youtube all we want but half of those guys play by ear like i have.They will show stuff but can't tell us what it is.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much, Jeff. Very much appreciated. My goal is to have EVERYONE understand what I'm teaching from moment to moment ... not just a big percentage ... I want ALL to understand and enjoy the blues and blues guitar ... and so I never tire of repeating myself or finding 'new ways' of saying the same thing ... in order to reach my goal of making ALL of the information in these lessons accessible/understandable to ALL. I'm aware that I've set the 'standard' very high by my attempting to 'appeal' to everyone in terms of 'getting the blues' ... but ... I'm always 'up for' and I like the challenge of communicating my passion for the music to others. Thanks again.

hsarlanhsarlan replied

You are teaching admirably well Hawkey, videos are instructive and inspirational. Thanks alot.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for the comments and kind words. Very much appreciated. I've given a lot of thought and planning as to the order and content of these lessons. Follow the lessons in the order they are presented, be patient with yourself, use the video controls to repeat anything you don't understand as many times as necessary until you 'get it' ... and you'll gain an understanding/strong foundation in blues guitar that will serve you for a lifetime. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

ariesleboarieslebo replied

This one is fabulous!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks! There's more fabulosity to come. ;-)

dallendouglasdallendouglas replied

Hi Hawkeye,I can't express enough how much your lessons have helped me. I have also found that revisiting the whole Group is not a bad idea. I made the mistake oif Rushing through them and I am going back and finding many things I missed. I understand what you have been saying. Thanks Again (Dennis)

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for the message, Dennis. Much appreciated. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. In November I videotaped another 20 hours of lessons ... so there's much more to come beyond the current 80 lessons of mine that are currently posted here at jamplay.com. Please take your time and enjoy the process.

finalfinal replied

Hey hawkeye. Im woking with the turnaround withe the low E string and i have a question about that: When playing the turnaround in feks G starting in the 7 freet, we cant play the high E string so yu add jour pinki at the same freet. Now there is 3 finger involved and i find that just baare the hole freet mutch easier. I gues by nature i try to simplyfie things if i can :-). Is this ok or do i get in trouble later on in the lessons.? Maby the 1st finge must be free for something else?.And Thanks again for finding you on the intenett.

iukaiuka replied

I just started here on JamPlay and immediately homed in on Hawkeye's section. I knew knew I was in the right place when I didn't see any flat picks :) I really appreciate this whole foundational series. It's exactly what I needed to cement together a lifetime of playing 'bits and pieces' in this style. I find myself saying, 'so that's why that works' or 'Aha...I remember my uncle teaching me that way back when.... This will yield a much richer vocabulary for this style and not just teach one fleeting set of tab for a certain song. Thanks Hawkeye and keep it coming....

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

iuka, Welcome to jamplay.com. GOod to having you traveling with me on the 'blues highway.' Your kind comments are very much appreciated. There are many more lessons to come. Please stick with the 'program' ... I have given a lot of time and thought into the order and content of each lesson ... if you follow the order of lessons you'll have a strong foundation in the blues and be able to understand most aspects of the music and play and create blues music on your own ... if you jump around in this series of lessons, you'll still learn a lot ... but there will be 'holes/gaps' in your blues foundation. I hope you'll stick with it and continue to enjoy the process. There are over 20 free guitar lessons at my web site, here: www.hawkeyeherman.com/guitar-lessons.htm and many great articels on blues here: www.hawkeyeherman.com/articles.htm and I hope you'll watch some of my performance videos so as to see how I use the techniques I teach here at jamplay.com when I'm performing: www.youtube.com/profile?user=HawkeyeH Thanks again for the kind comments. Very much appreciated.

kasrakasra replied

these lessons are great. i have rarely had this much fun. today, after watching this one, i felt like many many dots just got connected. ill be practicing more and more :)

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

kasra, Thanks for the comment and for enjoying these lessons. Please stick with the program ... and you'll be playing blues guitar as you please ... getting better and better with each lesson as you practice these techniques. There are many more 'dots' that I'll be 'connecting' for you. Again, thanks so much.

easternaeasterna replied

How about playing the G# on the 1st string along with the G# on the 6th string with the E turnaround in the bass?

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

You don't need my permission to experiment with such things ... in almost all of my lessons I encourage this type of activity ... I have stated in these lessons that the guitar is like a Rubick's Cube to me ... as I can amuse myself for hours (forever) making little additions and deletions from/to riffs and turnarounds. That's what the blues is about ... go for it. NO permission from me is needed. ;-)

currannicurranni replied

hawkeye what chord are you playing in the middle of the turn around at the start here, you do it in a few keys? u do a few d shape chords, and right before you hit the A you do a chord? many thanks great lessons i m doing well thanks

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

curranni, Thanks for enjoyin these lessons. The chord I'm playing is simply the top three notes of a barred A cord ... index finger on the fifth fret of the 1st and 2nd strings, second finger on the sixth fret of the 3rd string. I don't fret notes in chords that I'm not going to play ... it burns up energy to put your fingers on notes/strings that you're not going to play ;-) ... I do this a lot ... why hold down strings that you're not going to sound? this confuses some students, of course, but it's also a way of teaching people that fretting an entire barre chord is not necessary if you're not going to play all the notes ... and it prevents finger fatigue, as well. Look at a full barred A chord at the fifth fret ... and then you'll see that I'm just playing the first three strings. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

currannicurranni replied

thanks for the replys hawkeye yes my 1st question was just a querie haha, im enjoying the basic shape at the moment and having great fun, the bass notes are a little harder in the turnaround, but i ll keep at it. many thanks.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Hang in there. Enjoy the process. you're always improving.

currannicurranni replied

also as a question for where i am at the moment in the lessons, are there other chord shapes that can be and are popular to use for the turnaround. many thanks

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

curranni, The answer is yes, there are lots of chord shapes that can be used as turnarounds ... but you ain't ready for that yet ... stick with the program ... don't get ahead of yourself ... examples of what you are asking me will be presented in later lessons ... don't skip around ... or there will be holes in your blues foundation. For now, your job is to learn this turnaround using a D7 shaped cord in every key (yes, even Ab and Bb), backwards and forwards ... and be able to move it at will no matter what key a song is in ... and then, move this turnaround at will, on the fly, to create a solo if you feel like it. Also, picking out notes that you feel like playing within the turnaround ... not just the examples that I show you ... this is a great opportunity for you to learn how to improvise and be creative ... you, even as a student, can come up with stuff that I may never think of. Get down on this ... and learn to move this turnaround to any key on the neck ... and enjoy the process. ;-)

liamheffernanliamheffernan replied

Thanks very much Micheal :D You have really helped me with my blues playing :) Your an excellent teacher :) Love from ireland :)

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

liamheffernan, You're most welcome. I'm so glad you've found my lessons helpful. Hang in there with me, as there's much more to come. Thanks again.

mykster454mykster454 replied

Thanks Hawkey, great stuff.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

mykster454, Thanks for the comment. There's much more to come. I hope you hang in there with me.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

walt k, Thanks so much for enjoying the lessons. You can purchase my CDs at my web site: www.HawkeyeHerman.com ... and be sure to check out all of the video songs from my new DVD, "Hawkeye Live In Concert" ... at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HawkeyeH ... the DVD is for sale at my web site, as well, but you can watch me perform many of the songs on the DVD for free ... and learn from me via the videos ... if you watch my fingers closely. Again, thanks for the comment and for loving the blues!

walt kwalt k replied

Thanks for a great lesson...the blues are wonderful when taught by a guy who knows them....tell me how to purchase your latest cd...thanks walt k

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

seanman, Thanks to you for the message and for enjoying the lessons and exploring the blues with me. There's much more to come.

seanmanseanman replied

Thanks Hawkeye! your lessons are great.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

ronin808, Thanks! View the turnaround ... as a Rubik's cube type of activity ... twists and turns that you create ... make your own little 'changes' in the notes played ... experiment ... and explore the many possibilities. Have fun!

ronin808ronin808 replied

Gerat lesson! I like thaving the chance to change the turn around position to the base strings. Very cool man

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Turnaround in the BassLesson 9

Turnaround in the Bass

Hawkeye explains how the blues turnaround can be played on the bass strings.

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Turnaround PracticeLesson 10

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Delta Blues Turnaround #2Lesson 17

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Hawkeye Herman teaches a new Delta blues turnaround. This lick was inspired by Robert Johnson.

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Basic Blues Slide

Hawkeye Herman covers the basics of slide technique and provides exercises to demonstrate them.

Length: 25:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Slide Guitar and Open D TuningLesson 39

Slide Guitar and Open D Tuning

Hawkeye Herman introduces open D tuning. He explains how to play a 12 bar blues progression with a slide in this tuning.

Length: 14:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Ramblin' On My MindLesson 40

Ramblin' On My Mind

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates the classic Robert Johnson song, "Ramblin' On My Mind" in open D tuning.

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Blues Shuffle in Open DLesson 41

Blues Shuffle in Open D

Hawkeye explains how to play the blues shuffle in open D tuning.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Open D Harmony ShuffleLesson 42

Open D Harmony Shuffle

Hawkeye teaches the "harmony" version of the shuffle in open D tuning.

Length: 5:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Open D TurnaroundLesson 43

Open D Turnaround

Hawkeye teaches a simple blues turnaround in open D tuning.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Open D Slide LicksLesson 44

Open D Slide Licks

Hawkeye Herman teaches some open D slide guitar licks. These licks are inspired by the song "Ramblin' On My Mind" by Robert Johnson.

Length: 8:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonic Scale in Open DLesson 45

Pentatonic Scale in Open D

Hawkeye Herman explains how to play the D minor pentatonic scale in Open D tuning.

Length: 4:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Ramblin' On My MindLesson 46

Ramblin' On My Mind

Hawkeye challenges you to play "Ramblin' On My Mind" using the techniques from the past couple of lessons.

Length: 4:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Rock and Slide GuitarLesson 47

Rock and Slide Guitar

Hawkeye shows that open D tuning and slide guitar are not exclusive to the blues. He provides an exercise that demonstrates how this tuning can be used in rock music.

Length: 15:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
D Tuning ChordsLesson 48

D Tuning Chords

Hawkeye returns to the world of open D tuning. He introduces various chord voicings and explains how they can be used in the blues.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
You Got To MoveLesson 49

You Got To Move

In this lesson, Hawkeye teaches a classic blues song by Mississippi Fred McDowell - "You Got To Move".

Length: 9:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
You Got to Move MelodyLesson 50

You Got to Move Melody

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates how to play the melody of "You Got to Move" with a slide.

Length: 6:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Slide Guitar and Blues LicksLesson 51

Slide Guitar and Blues Licks

Hawkeye Herman talks about playing and creating blues licks with the slide.

Length: 9:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Elmore James StyleLesson 52

Elmore James Style

Hawkeye Herman breaks down important aspects of Elmore James' style.

Length: 23:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Blues Licks and RiffsLesson 53

Blues Licks and Riffs

Hawkeye teaches some versatile blues licks and riffs that can be used in open D tuning.

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Open G TuningLesson 54

Open G Tuning

Hawkeye Herman teaches the basics of open G tuning.

Length: 7:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
G Tuning ChordsLesson 55

G Tuning Chords

Hawkeye gives a brief overview of chords and how they are played in open G tuning.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Blues Scale in Open G TuningLesson 56

Blues Scale in Open G Tuning

Hawkeye gives a brief rundown of how the blues / minor pentatonic scale can be played in open G tuning.

Length: 4:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
G Tuning AccompanimentLesson 57

G Tuning Accompaniment

Hawkeye talks about playing accompaniment using open G tuning.

Length: 7:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Improvising in G TuningLesson 58

Improvising in G Tuning

Improvisation using the minor pentatonic / blues scale is discussed in open G tuning. Hawkeye also touches on Robert Johnson's song, "Walkin' Blues."

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Open G Shuffle RhythmLesson 59

Open G Shuffle Rhythm

In this lesson, Hawkeye Herman talks about playing the blues shuffle in open G tuning. He also shows some basic turnarounds.

Length: 10:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Open G Shuffle VariationsLesson 60

Open G Shuffle Variations

Hawkeye reviews the blues shuffle in open G tuning. He demonstrates shuffle variations as well as a few licks, turnarounds, and other tidbits.

Length: 15:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robert Johnson LicksLesson 61

Robert Johnson Licks

Hawkeye teaches several Robert Johnson licks in this lesson. These licks are played with a slide in open G tuning.

Length: 14:40 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
G Tuning and the CapoLesson 62

G Tuning and the Capo

Hawkeye introduces the capo and explains how it can be used. This lesson is still in the context of G tuning.

Length: 10:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Come On In My KitchenLesson 63

Come On In My Kitchen

Hawkeye Herman showcases the power of slide guitar by demonstrating the classic Robert Johnson song, "Come On In My Kitchen."

Length: 6:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Skip James StyleLesson 64

Skip James Style

Hawkeye Herman gives a brief rundown of Skip James' blues guitar style. This lesson also focuses on playing in open tunings without a slide.

Length: 19:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Open D to Open GLesson 65

Open D to Open G

Hawkeye demonstrates how to take a song from open D tuning and play it in open G. He uses the song "No Expectations" by the Rolling Stones as an example.

Length: 10:26 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Drop D TuningLesson 66

Drop D Tuning

Hawkeye shows you the wonders of drop D tuning and teaches his rendition of "Big Road Blues."

Length: 30:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Statesboro BluesLesson 67

Statesboro Blues

Hawkeye goes over the fantastic song "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell in Drop D tuning.

Length: 27:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Blind Lemon JeffersonLesson 68

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Hawkeye discusses some history behind the great blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson. He covers the song "Matchbox Blues" to provide an example of his style.

Length: 19:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor BluesLesson 69

Minor Blues

Hawkeye explains the chord changes used in a minor blues progression.

Length: 12:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The CapoLesson 70

The Capo

Hawkeye talks about the capo and its many uses.

Length: 22:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Song EndingsLesson 71

Song Endings

By user request, Hawkeye shares ideas on how to end songs in this lesson.

Length: 21:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Stop Time BluesLesson 72

Stop Time Blues

In this lesson, Hawkeye Herman returns to the wonderful world of stop-time blues. He teaches a few more ways to play in this glorious style.

Length: 17:53 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Eight Bar BluesLesson 73

Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye talks about the eight bar blues and uses some classic blues songs as examples.

Length: 26:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blues MamboLesson 74

Blues Mambo

Hawkeye talks all about the blues mambo in this lesson.

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Movable EndingsLesson 75

Movable Endings

Hawkeye explains how all the endings you've learned up to this point can be transposed to any key.

Length: 31:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Movable Blues ScaleLesson 76

Movable Blues Scale

Hawkeye talks about transposing the minor pentatonic scale to various keys.

Length: 16:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blues Scale LeadLesson 77

Blues Scale Lead

Hawkeye explains how the blues scale can be used to play lead in any song.

Length: 30:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Spanning the NeckLesson 78

Spanning the Neck

Hawkeye explains how the blues scale can span the neck in any key.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
The Blues Had a BabyLesson 79

The Blues Had a Baby

Hawkeye talks about the background of rock 'n roll and how it is connected to blues.

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Fun LicksLesson 80

Fun Licks

This lesson is filled with fun licks and lick techniques.

Length: 17:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Spanning the Neck ContinuedLesson 81

Spanning the Neck Continued

Hawkeye brings more blues wisdom to you in this lesson about spanning the neck.

Length: 18:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Barre Chords RefresherLesson 82

Barre Chords Refresher

Hawkeye provides a few useful tips on playing barre chords.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord RelationshipsLesson 83

Chord Relationships

Hawkeye discusses how the visual shapes of chords relate to one another on the fretboard.

Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chord Relationships ContinuedLesson 84

Chord Relationships Continued

Hawkeye explains how to find the I, IV, and V chords in all 12 major keys.

Length: 8:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Shuffle Rhythm ReviewLesson 85

Shuffle Rhythm Review

Hawkeye answers member questions on the shuffle rhythm.

Length: 16:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Key of A IdeaLesson 86

Key of A Idea

Hawkeye shares an idea in the key of A that you can apply to your blues playing.

Length: 18:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Thumbpick Vs. FlatpickLesson 87

Thumbpick Vs. Flatpick

Thumbpick Vs. Flatpick: A most common question asked among guitarists is discussed in this lesson.

Length: 15:13 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Capo IdeasLesson 88

Capo Ideas

Hawkeye shares his ideas on the capo and explains why he thinks it is important for every guitarist to own one.

Length: 18:34 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Everything is MovableLesson 89

Everything is Movable

Hawkeye reiterates that everything is movable on the guitar and provides some fresh new ideas.

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Bass Notes in TrebleLesson 90

Bass Notes in Treble

Hawkeye explains how to add variety to the shuffle pattern by transferring the bass notes to the treble register and by adding palm muting. He also explains how you can create your own shuffle variations.

Length: 21:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Treble ShuffleLesson 91

Treble Shuffle

Hawkeye provides more amazing tips and tricks on moving your shuffle rhythm to the treble for a unique sound.

Length: 16:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Creating SolosLesson 92

Creating Solos

Hawkeye revisits the techniques learned in the last few lessons and explains how to tie tie them together to create solos.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Transposing SongsLesson 93

Transposing Songs

Hawkeye provides some great tips for transposing any song you want to learn to a different key.

Length: 17:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
History of BluesLesson 94

History of Blues

This exciting lesson dives into some of the earliest history of blues music and how it has shaped popular music today.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Blues is the RootsLesson 95

Blues is the Roots

Hawkeye Herman explains why "blues is the roots, and everything else is the fruits."

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Style of Hank WilliamsLesson 96

The Style of Hank Williams

Hawkeye discusses the history and style of Hank Williams.

Length: 17:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Style of Jimmie RodgersLesson 97

The Style of Jimmie Rodgers

Hawkeye demonstrates some key aspects of Jimmie Rodgers' style.

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Boom-Chicka StrumLesson 98

Boom-Chicka Strum

Hawkeye demonstrates the "boom-chicka" strum and explains various ways you can incorporate it into your playing.

Length: 22:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Fun RunsLesson 99

Fun Runs

Hawkeye Herman explains how to spice up your rhythm playing by incorporating bass runs between chord changes.

Length: 16:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Review & PracticeLesson 100

Review & Practice

Hawkeye Herman celebrates lesson 100 with a short but sweet review of what you've learned in the past couple of lessons.

Length: 6:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Song MedleyLesson 101

Song Medley

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates rhythmic concepts from earlier lessons by playing a fun medley.

Length: 13:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Hawkeye's Favorite LicksLesson 102

Hawkeye's Favorite Licks

Hawkeye shares some of his favorite licks in this lesson.

Length: 22:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
More Fun LicksLesson 103

More Fun Licks

Hawkeye teaches more fun licks to add to your blues bag of tricks.

Length: 31:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
More Licks Up the NeckLesson 104

More Licks Up the Neck

Hawkeye Herman is back with some more classic blues licks that span the length of the fretboard.

Length: 26:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bass LicksLesson 105

Bass Licks

Hawkeye explains the importance of playing licks over the entire neck of the guitar.

Length: 21:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rock Me LickLesson 106

Rock Me Lick

Hawkeye Herman shares a lick that is commonly known as the "Rock Me Baby" Lick. He explains how this lick can be incorporated into a performance of this classic B.B. King song.

Length: 19:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Turnaround PositionsLesson 107

Turnaround Positions

Hawkeye discusses how ideas derived from turnarounds can be incorporated into blues solos.

Length: 8:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Instrumental ThemesLesson 108

Instrumental Themes

Hawkeye Herman talks about instrumental themes and how you can add lead fills to them.

Length: 18:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Instrumental Themes ContinuedLesson 109

Instrumental Themes Continued

Hawkeye continues his discussion on instrumental themes and blues.

Length: 23:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Ninth ChordsLesson 110

Ninth Chords

Hawkeye Herman explains how dominant 9th chords are formed and how they can be used in blues music.

Length: 15:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Ninth Chords ContinuedLesson 111

Ninth Chords Continued

Hawkeye Herman continues his discussion on 9th chords.

Length: 26:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
More Eight Bar BluesLesson 112

More Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye Herman shares more eight bar blues knowledge in this fun and information-packed lesson.

Length: 23:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Using a TunerLesson 113

Using a Tuner

Hawkeye shares his thoughts on tuners in this lesson.

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Introducing the CapoLesson 114

Introducing the Capo

In the 114th installment of his Blues Series, Hawkeye introduces the capo. He demonstrates how this valuable tool allows you to transpose chord voicings to various keys.

Length: 23:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Forming Barre ChordsLesson 115

Forming Barre Chords

Having trouble getting those fingers to form barre chords? In lesson #115 of his Blues Series, Hawkeye covers some tips and techniques to help with these problematic chord shapes. Any beginner can master...

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
4 Up, 5 Down Applied ConceptLesson 116

4 Up, 5 Down Applied Concept

Hawkeye explains why the adjacent strings on the guitar are tuned in perfect fourths and how this relates to left hand fingering.

Length: 18:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Relative Chord ShapesLesson 117

Relative Chord Shapes

Hawkeye continues where he left off in lesson 116 and explains how the tuning of the guitar relates to commonly used chord shapes.

Length: 16:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Transposing Notes / Changing the KeyLesson 118

Transposing Notes / Changing the Key

Hawkeye Herman reviews important transposition concepts. Here he demonstrates how to change the key of a song so that it is appropriate for your vocal range.

Length: 20:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
All About Finger PickingLesson 119

All About Finger Picking

Hawkeye takes a look at this important right hand technique.

Length: 20:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Bo Diddley BeatLesson 120

Bo Diddley Beat

Hawkeye provides a history lesson on Bo Diddley. He also demonstrates how to play the classic "Bo Diddley Beat." This rhythmic pattern appears in countless blues and rock songs.

Length: 20:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Thematic Bass LinesLesson 121

Thematic Bass Lines

Hawkeye teaches some blues bass lines that can be applied to the twelve bar blues form.

Length: 19:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bass Lines ContinuedLesson 122

Bass Lines Continued

Hawkeye continues on from his 121st lesson with more examples of blues bass lines for guitar.

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lead Bass IdeasLesson 123

Lead Bass Ideas

Hawkeye dives into some lead bass ideas. He demonstrates how a classic Eric Clapton riff can be used over the twelve bar blues form in any key.

Length: 12:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Willie's BounceLesson 124

Willie's Bounce

Hawkeye teaches the bass line riff to his song "Willie's Bounce."

Length: 16:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Finger Picking Part 2Lesson 125

Finger Picking Part 2

Hawkeye continues his discussion on finger picking.

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Texas ALesson 126

The Texas A

Hawkeye Herman teaches a version of the A chord that he calls "The Texas A."

Length: 13:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blues Scale: Adding the Major 3rdLesson 127

Blues Scale: Adding the Major 3rd

Hawkeye breaks down the blues scale and demonstrates how to appropriately add the major 3rd.

Length: 26:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Double StopsLesson 128

Double Stops

As demonstrated in previous lessons, Hawkeye opens up the world of double stops. Hawkeye teaches some classic Chuck Berry licks to demonstrate how double stops can be used effectively.

Length: 11:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Scrapper BlackwellLesson 129

Scrapper Blackwell

Hawkeye introduces the guitar stye of Scrapper Blackwell. He uses the song Scrapper called "E Blues" as a starting point.

Length: 20:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Influence of Blind Lemon JeffersonLesson 130

Influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson

History flows deep in blues music. Hawkeye discusses the influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson. This lesson is one for the history books.

Length: 22:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Humming and StrummingLesson 131

Humming and Strumming

Hawkeye opens up some ideas on how to "plan ahead" in your playing. Similar to riding a bike, you need to look forward to see where your going. Humming what you want to play allows you to anticipate the...

Length: 18:49 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Katrina, Oh KatrinaLesson 132

Katrina, Oh Katrina

Inspired by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Hawkeye was commissioned by the BBC to write a song about Katrina. Hawkeye demonstrates this song and recalls his thought process in writing this song.

Length: 29:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
All About the Hammer-onLesson 133

All About the Hammer-on

Hawkeye demonstrates how a hammer-on can be used to open up doors in your playing. Hawkeye shows you how to achieve this technique and use it successfully in your playing.

Length: 24:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Pull-offLesson 134

The Pull-off

Hawkeye covers the pull-off, best friend of the hammer on. This technique is used to achieve the same goal as the hammer-on, yet with a completely different finger movement.

Length: 15:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Using Hammer-ons and Pull-offs TogetherLesson 135

Using Hammer-ons and Pull-offs Together

Hawkeye combines lessons 133 and 134 and demonstrates some examples of how to utilize the hammer-on and pull-off techniques together to enhance your overall blues guitar skills.

Length: 10:27 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
The Quick ChangeLesson 136

The Quick Change

The 12 bar form is a staple in the world of blues music. However, there are plenty of different ways to arrange it. This lesson covers what is commonly called "The Quick Change."

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Starting on the IV ChordLesson 137

Starting on the IV Chord

Hawkeye demonstrates how to change up a traditional 12 bar blues progression by starting on the IV chord.

Length: 16:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Talking BluesLesson 138

The Talking Blues

Hawkeye demonstrates yet another form of blues known as the "Talking Blues." This style is indicative of its name. It features a talking vocal style played over a I, IV, V chord progression.

Length: 24:43 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Utilizing 9th ChordsLesson 139

Utilizing 9th Chords

Need a slightly different voicing to spice up your playing? 9th chords will give your blues playing a colorful, urban sound.

Length: 24:53 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Minor Tuning, Major SoundLesson 140

Minor Tuning, Major Sound

Hawkeye breaks out his slide and demonstrates how chord progressions in major keys can be played in open minor tunings.

Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Style of Elmore JamesLesson 141

Style of Elmore James

Hawkeye offers up some tricks and techniques that Elmore James utilized in his style of playing.

Length: 25:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Style of Son HouseLesson 142

Style of Son House

In lesson 142, Hawkeye dives into the style of Son House. House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms often played with a slide.

Length: 14:32 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Hawkeye Herman

About Hawkeye Herman View Full Biography ""One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators."
Cascade Blues Association

"Herman plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation... Herman can rock with the best of them. A solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues."
Living Blues Magazine

" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
Los Angeles Times

"The only thing better than hearing this live album is seeing Hawkeye Herman in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril."
Blues Access

With over 40 years of performing experience, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman personifies the range of possibilities in blues and folk music. His dynamic blues guitar playing and vocal abilities have won him a faithful following and he leads a very active touring schedule of performances at festivals, concerts, school programs and educational workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His original music has been included in video dramas and documentaries and in four hit theatrical productions.

In 2000, Hawkeye was awarded Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for best original music in a theatrical production. "Everyday Living," Hawkeye's first nationally released album from 1987, now reissued on CD, features the late blues giants Charles Brown and "Cool Papa" Sadler, and established the demand for his now long-standing festival and concert touring. His latest CDs and DVD, "Blues Alive!" (CD), "It's All Blues To Me" (CD), and "Hawkeye Live In Concert" (DVD) have been greeted with rave reviews. Hawkeye's journalistic efforts have been published in numerous national and regional blues and music-related periodicals.

In 1998 he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation for six years. Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2004. In September of 2005, Hawkeye composed, at the request of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), "Katrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)," detailing the hurricane disaster on the Gulf Coast. The song was aired to over 7 million listeners on the popular "BBC Today" program. He is the cofounder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, OR.

This musician has definitely carved out a spot for himself in the contemporary acoustic blues/folk field, and has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished artists in the genre, and audiences throughout the US/Canada/Europe have come to know and appreciate Hawkeye's talent, dedication, and captivating performances.

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I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


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