Turnaround Exercise (Guitar Lesson)

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Hawkeye Herman

Turnaround Exercise

Hawkeye presents an exercise that will enable you to play a turnaround over the blues form in all twelve keys.

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Blues Guitar with Hawkeye seriesLength: 10:44Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (10:43) Changing the Key and Exercise Review Time

In lessons 8-11, Hawkeye explored a common blues turnaround. He taught you how simple rhythmic variations can be applied to this turnaround. Also, various arpeggio patterns can be applied to the turnaround to create new options. By shifting the turnaround from the treble strings to the bass strings, another set of turnaround options become readily available. Finally, Hawkeye demonstrated how to transpose the turnaround to all 12 keys.

Before proceeding to the remainder of this lesson, take some time to review how a turnaround typically functions in the blues genre. A turnaround can be placed in bars 11 and 12 within the 12 bar blues form to give the form a definite sense of finality. It also serves as an effective transition back to the beginning of the form. Hawkeye demonstrates the turnaround at the end of the form at 00:30 in the lesson video. This example is played in the key of E. The turnaround is frequently played at the end of the form in the last two bars. However, a series of turnarounds can be played over the entire 12 bar blues form within the context of an effective lead guitar solo.

Turnaround Solo

Playing a series of turnarounds is just one way of constructing a lead guitar solo. Hawkeye exemplifies this concept in the key of G in this lesson. Here's a measure-by-measure breakdown of the turnarounds that must be used in this key.

Bars 1-2: Turnaround in G
Bars 3-4: Turnaround in G
Bars 5-6: Turnaround C
Bars 7-8: Turnaround in G
Bar 9: First half of the turnaround in D
Bar 10: First half of the turnaround in C
Bars 11-12: Turnaround in G

Turnaround Exercise

Hawkeye applies the music theory concepts listed above to an effective exercise. This exercise is designed to help you practice playing turnarounds over the entire 12 bar form in any key.

Since this exercise is demonstrated in the key of G, your first step is to determine the chords that are used to play a blues form in this key. Remember Hawkeye's hand trick to determine the I, IV, and V chords for any key. In the key of G, these chords are G, C, and D(7) respectively. Consequently, you will need to be able to play turnarounds over these three chords.

A. Watch and Learn

Watch carefully as Hawkeye demonstrates how the turnaround should be played over these basic chord changes. For example, the turnaround over the tonic chord begins with a G7 voicings played at the 7th and 6th frets. This shape descends chromatically until the barre chord shape for G is reached at the 3rd fret. The dominant seventh chord that begins the turnaround over C is played at the 12th and 11th frets. Slide this chord shape up two frets when beginning the turnaround over the V chord, D.

Before you begin to practice the entire 12 bar form with turnarounds, isolate and practice each individual turnaround. Begin by practicing the turnaround over the tonic chord G. Then work on the turnarounds for the IV and V chords. Once you can play all of the individual turnarounds accurately and in time, begin to string them together.

B. Harmonic Rhythm

When playing the turnaround over the entire blues form, the harmonic rhythm must be altered slightly. Harmonic rhythm is the rate at which chords change within a progression. For example, the turnaround in G typically features a G7 chord played in triplets for 1 beat. Then, Gb7 is played in triplets for 1 beat. Next, D7 is played for a beat. However, in the exercise that Hawkeye demonstrates, notice how he plays the G7 and Gb7 chords for two beats each in the first measure. Then, in the second measure, each chord is played for one beat each. He plays through this exercise at a slow tempo at 05:50. Watch this demonstration closely to determine when and where and when he is changing chords within each turnaround. Also, check out the notation and tablature that accompanies this exercise. All notation and tablature can be found under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

C. Adding Variations to the Exercise

Remember all of the variations that can be applied to the turnaround. These variations can be applied to the exercise presented in this lesson as well. After you have mastered the exercise as Hawkeye demonstrated it at 05:50, begin playing each turnaround with some slight variations. For example, experiment with arpeggiating each of the chords. Or, play the chords in eighth notes instead of triplets. Also, try playing the bass versions of these turnarounds. Feel free to experiment and explore new possibilities. Remember that one of the keys to improvisation is being able to draw from a large bag of tricks at a moment's notice.

At 08:10, Hawkeye demonstrates one way in which this exercise can be arpeggiated in triplets. He plays through this example again later in the lesson at a slower tempo. This example can be found at about 09:10.

Also, remember that you can play the turnaround backwards. Start with the first chord in the turnaround progression. Then, ascend chromatically in half steps. Hawkeye demonstrates this idea at 10:10 in the lesson video.

D. Transposition Time

Like all other exercises presented in Hawkeye’s Phase 2 Blues series, you should practice this exercise in all 12 keys. Remember to play several variations on the turnaround for each key that you practice. Also, mix and match variations within the 12 bar form. This will help your knowledge of the fretboard as well as your ability to improvise.

E. Don't Get Stuck in a Rut!

Throughout your practice sessions, do not practice the same thing over and over again. Most guitarists fall into a rut of practicing what they are already good at. This will accomplish little more than temporarily satisfying your own ego. Instead, practice your weaknesses, and capitalize on your strengths when performing for others. For example, after you have mastered playing this exercise in one key with one variation, move on to something else. Return to the first key once you have spent some time working with the other 11 keys.

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neardowellneardowell replied

Great lesson Hawkeye -- I was playing catch up the whole time! yikes! But fun...

NneretinNneretin replied

Hi Hawkeye, I am so excited to have this little nugget understood and under my fingers! thanks so much for your very generous teaching.

bert tougasbert tougas replied

Fantastic Hawkeye. You just unravelled the turnaround mystery in different keys that I've been struggling with for years. Thanks!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

My pleasure to 'unravel the turnaround mystery.' If you go to my web site: www.hawkeyeherman.com === ... and click on the "Videos" link it will take you to a nice selection of over 20 of my songs/my music/live/in-concert/on video. There are also FREE guitar lessons on the 'Guitar Lessons' page ... it's good practice to try to play along with me. Below in this message you'll find links to my live/music/videos that were filmed during 2016, and are not yet on youtube.com. Again, thanks so much for enjoying my lessons.. Wishing you all the best, and more. Peace and Best Wishes, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman === www.hawkeyeherman.com ============= Links to 'new' Michael "Hawkeye" Herman videos filmed in 2016:== Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "When You've Got A Good Friend"== July - 2016 Cahors Blues Festival, France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGkn1hi3Bxw ==== Michael "Hawkeye Herman - "Baby Please" === July - 2016 Cahors Blues Festival, France: == https://youtu.be/bsMMac0PqNA === Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "St. James Infirmary Blues" === May, 2016 - Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle, WA: === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAX3foJjIHM === Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "Your Mind Is On Vacation" ==== May, 2016 - Northwest Folklife Festival - May, 2016: === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05VdOv9SIas ==== Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "Future Blues" === May, 2016 - Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle, WA: === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJl4wWvmAXI ==== Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "Cow Cow Boogie" === May, 2016 - Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle WA: === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-201RMxCqI === Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine" === May, 2016 - Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle, WA === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMzIP_jfedE === "Georgia" - house concert with Sarah Jane Nelson, Hawkeye, and Irving Lubliner (harp): === https://www.facebook.com/cybersarahjane/posts/10154758565884939 === Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "Your Mind Is On Vacation" === Sept., 2015 - House Concert - Spokane, WA: === https://youtu.be/Hbz0o_sAeOo === Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "The Blues Had A Baby And They Called It Rock'n'Roll" === July - 2016 Cahors Blues Festival, France: === https://youtu.be/E_fdjStz2wY === Michael "Hawkeye" Herman - "When You Got a Good Friend" === May, 2016 - Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle, WA === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGh1EZNcLiA === A brief excerpt (3+ minutes) from the France Blues produced documentary "En Tierre de Blues"/"In The Land Of The Blues": === https://youtu.be/bYrXRRvwWnc === Here's the entire "In The Land of The Blues" documentary by the France Blues organization:=== "En Terre de blues": === https://youtu.be/9b7oMUExKlk === ================= =================

Many ColorsMany Colors replied

Wow I'll even say it backwards WOW! I'm 57 and I've played the guitar with little forward movement. I'm braking new stuff every day. Makes my mind young again. Thanks Hawkeye!

kabayezikabayezi replied

I enjoy and learn with your lessons Hawkeye!!

123gkc123gkc replied

Hawkeye you are the best! Both your music and teaching style inspire me beyond words! I have tried so many blues courses for months but I have never found anything so well structured, clean, detailed and just perfect for me ... I wish I had found this earlier. You are the best! Please continue what you are doing!

satuchessatuches replied

Excellent style in your lessons. Thanks to your method I'm not as frustrated with learning a new style as I've been in the past.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much for your kind comments regarding these lessons and my style of teaching. Much appreciated. 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 'traveling' with me on the 'blues highway' here at JamPlay.com.

timelord410timelord410 replied

Hey Hawkeye, Another great lesson, but now I have my first question. Throughout these lessons you've kept the chord patterns modled after the "F" type bar chord. For the shuffle examples this makes sense as it's a bit easier for beginners when dealing with "pinky stretch" issues. But with the turn arounds I'd be interested in finding out about turnarounds in the "B flat" bar chord style. Do we cover those in a later session, & if not where would you recommend I look for assistance with that?

timelord410timelord410 replied

Doh! It was right there in the next lesson!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Yes, Vern, your question is answered in the next lesson. One of the main reason why I 'request' that my students follow my lessons in the order they are presented, no skipping around/'cherry picking' of the lessons, moving patiently from one lesson to the next in the order they are presented ... is because I've been playing and teaching guitar for over 50 years, and I've given a lot of thought and planning as to the order and content of these lessons. My lessons are meant to be 'studied' in the order they are presented, and the result for the students is that they gain a strong understanding and foundation in blues guitar that will allow my students to play freely/create/improvise ... for the rest of their lives. So, you can see, that the answer to your question is logically answered in the following lesson ... because I know how to present this information in a logical/lucid manner that, usually, anticipates questions that might arise ... like yours. :-) I hope you continue to enjoy these lesson ... in the order they are presented ... progressing from one lesson tot he next at your own speed ... don't rush ... this is not a race to a finish line ... this is a journey that last a lifetime ... and like Life, the joy is in the journey/process from day to day ... not some imaginary destination down the road. Enjoy the process of learning/practicing/playing blues guitar ... and building your skills ... forever.

ingebliebingeblieb replied

hi hawkeye....sorry i ended up writing you a personal message i don't even know how i did that....i just wanted you to ask a question but could'nt find out how to do it....so...on the forums you didn't quite answer my question so here i'll try again...so my question is about this lesson...so we play a blues in G and instead of playing the chords we play this little riff in each key that you are showing us...now my question isn't specific for the turnaround...it is just like imagine we wanne play the blues in Eb...so we go up the 11 fret...for...the 4th chord we go to Ab...now do you play your riff at 16th fret (so starting the riff at fret 20) or do you take it at 4th fret...(starting the riff at the 8 fret)? i hop eyou understand my question now...i'm doign my best in english...and sorry again to have send you a message in the wrong place...

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Greetings. I answered your question a great length in the forum area, where you also posted your question ... you also sent me the same question by personal message ... so, you asked your question in two locations ... I thought the answer I posted for you in the forum area was quite complete and answered you question quite thoroughly ... here is the answer I posted to you in the forum area: http://forums.jamplay.com/showthread.php?12157-hawkeye-lesson-15&p=78383#post78383 ... please go to that link and read my answer. In short, if you are playing a turnaround in the key of Eb you would play a simple first position D7 chord at the 14th & 15th fret (index on the 14th fret, other two fingers at the 15th fret) ... now play it at the 13th/14th, now the 12th/13th ... and resolve with the Eb barre chord (F shaped barre chord) at the 11th fret. I hope you understand the concept and continue to enjoy these lessons. I will be presenting blues guitar 'master class' in France in Oct. or Nov., possibly in Paris, in Lyon, and somewhere in Normandy ... the arrangements have not been made yet ... please check my web site 'tour schedule' page in the future for information on when I will be in France ... this will be my 5th visit to France/Europe to teach and perform in the past 7 years. Perhaps I'll see you in France. Your English is far better than my French, I can assure you ... I have an interpreter who translates for me at my guitar workshops in France. Ciao for now, Hawkeye

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

ronin808, Yes, I suggest you buy a thumb pick ... do not purchase a plastic thumb pick ... purchase a Herco Blue Flex 52 nylon thumb pick (what I use in the video lessons and have for years) ... http://elderly.com/accessories/items/PK3.htm ... plastic thumb picks don't cut it ... the Herco blue nylon thumb pick can be opened up if it's too tight on your thumb ... and squeezed closed if it is too loose on your thumb ... also, because it's lighter than plastic, it feels less clunky on your thumb ... and nylon is more durable than plastic ... in 1970 the great Doc Watson gave me a Herco Blue nylon thumb pick ... I have been using them ever since ... and last week, when I was teaching at an adult guitar camp ... I gave each student one of these picks. A thumbpick takes about 4 hours to get used to ... and then it feels like an extension of your thumb. Also, the thumb pick allows you to use your fingers more than a flat pick (for acoustic fingerpicked blues) while giving a nice pronounced bass sound without blistering your thumb, and you can grasp it like a flat pick to play lead/single stings, if you so choose. Don't get suckered into a plastic thumb pick ... if you can't find the pick I suggest in your local music store ... order a few of them online. Don't substitute any other thumb pick for this recommendation. That's my advice and opinion. Give it a try.

bill235bill235 replied

Excellent lessons. You are answering questions before I can think of them. Thumb pick comments are great. I couldn't properly mute strings with my normal finger pick style until I used the thumb pick !

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much. There are lots of comments and information about the blue nylon Herco thumbpick that I use here: http://www.jamplay.com/forums/hawkeye-herman/4476.htm http://www.jamplay.com/forums/hawkeye-herman/9284.htm http://www.jamplay.com/forums/hawkeye-herman/3924.htm

ronin808ronin808 replied

ok I picked up the suggested thumb pick. now it looks like I'm gonna have to start back at lesson two to get mt thumb used to playing like this. but like you said crawl before you walk.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

ronin808, It takes about four hours of using the thumb pick to get used to it and have it feel like a natural extension of your thumb, rather than an odd/cumbersome item. That's four hours, approximately ... whether all in one sitting (not easy to sit and play for four hours straight, to be sure), or broken up into shorter time segments (say, eight 1/2 hour sessions, sixteen 15 minute sessions, etc.) .... give yourself about four hours to get used to it. Be patient. Each minute you insist on keeping the thumbpick on your thumb will add up to helping you get accustomed to it. FOrce yourself to hang with it. Once you 'turn the corner' in using a thumbpick, you'll really enjoy how useful and versatile it is.

ronin808ronin808 replied

Thanks man, I will make it happen.

chh102000chh102000 replied

Hi Hawkeye . I just joined a few days ago . I'm self taught and my play was alright but i needed guidance. I've gone through your first 15 lessons in two days and I can play it all well now . I love your enthusiasm and I am twice the payer I was 2 days ago.!!! A big thanks from London >>> chh

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Greetings and welcome to JamPlay.com, Christian. Thanks so much for the kind words about my lessons. Very much appreciated. If you follow my lessons in the order they are presented, being patient to not move on until you 'get' the current lesson, I believe/hope you will continue to progress rapidly and beyond your expectations, while at the same time gaining a strong understanding and foundation in blues music that will allow you to play and create blues music as 'you feel it.' Again, thanks so much for enjoying these lessons and for 'traveling' with me on the 'blues highway' here at JamPlay.com. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

ronin808ronin808 replied

true and if that doesn't work the i can thumb pick my........ ear

ronin808ronin808 replied

Very nice exercise, Hawheye!!! I just wanted to check this one out I am still working on lessons 11-13. but I have a question.... Should I invest in a thumb pick ? right now I use the standard type of pick and feel that it might be holding me back on these lessons anyway. what do you think?

SylviaSylvia replied

lol, yeah Get a thumb pick... at least you will have one when you need it! ;)

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The blues is a distinctly American style of music. Many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts. Consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues.

Introduction to BluesLesson 1

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Length: 19:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Understanding Blues ChordsLesson 2

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Hawkeye explains how the I, IV, and V chords are used in a 12 bar blues progression.

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More Blues ShuffleLesson 5

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Turnaround in the BassLesson 9

Turnaround in the Bass

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Length: 3:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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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."
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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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