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Learning thy Turnarounds

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Now that we've dealt the turnaround to the "I" chord a deadly blow let's move on to the turnaround that goes to the "ii" chord. An example where this turnaround is clearly used is in the jazz standard "Satin Doll". Looking at the song we know that the song is written in the key of "C", we also see that the song begins on its iiminor chord. In this case that chord is Dmin7. Well the same rules that we used to create our turnaround to the "I" chord applies here thus creating a turnaround to the "ii" chord. Another example where the turnaround is used is in the blues. In measures 7-8 we have the turnaround that leads into the meausure 9 which is the "ii" chord of whatever key you are in. Check out some of the examples in example 3. Not only are these examples used in creating turnarounds (to the "I" and "ii" chords), they are also used as chord progressions for tunes. Not only will you find a plethora of examples in jazz and blues tunes, you see them in a great deal of pop tunes. For example: Nirvana's "Teen Spirit" and Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away" are nothing more than a I-Vi-ii-V7 chord progression. One big turnaround! So let your ears do the walking and get practicing! Good luck.
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