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(@cameronkl7)
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Hi Everyone,

I was wandering if anyone could simplfy walkups, walkdowns and turn arounds, or maybe knows of a link that explains these things in plain english. I appreciate any and all help.

Cam


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(@boxboy)
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Hi there,
There is a series of lessons on the guitarnoise main page that deal primarily with these aspects. All presented in plain English, too!
Here's the link to one:
https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/connecting-the-dots-part-1/

On the main page, search 'connecting dots' and you should find the others.

:)

Don


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(@number6)
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Hey dogbite, Check out the link here example 3 https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/connecting-the-dots-part-1/

That's what I was talking about So I was correct.

No you weren't. Pulling off your first finger from the open C major shape wouldn't be a walking bass line because the first finger does not hold down a bass note.

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(@wes-inman)
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Walkups is just a technique of playing single notes between chords, usually on the bass strings (but not always). You hear it a lot in Country music especially, but it is used in many styles. Here is a classic Country progression with a walking bass-line.

C F
e-------------0-----0-----------------1-----1-------------
b-------------1-----1-----------------1-----1-------------
g-------------0-----0-----------------2-----2-------------
d----------------------------0--2--3-----------3--3--2--0-
a----0--2--3-----------3--3--------------3----------------
e-3--------------3----------------------------------------
& 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

C G7 *starts over here
e----0-----0-----------------1-----1-------------
b----1-----1-----------------0-----0-------------
g----0-----0-----------------0-----0-------------
d-------------------------------0----------------
a-3-----------3--3--2--0--------------------0--2-
e-------3-----------------3-----------3--3-------
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Turnarounds are different. A turnaround is usually played at the end of a progression to bring you back to the root chord.


Blues turnaround in E (last 4 measures of a 12 bar Blues)

B7 A
e-2-----------------------0----------------------
b-0-----------------------2----------------------
g-2-----------------------0----------------------
d-1-----------------------2----------------------
a-2-----------------------0----------------------
e------------------------------------------------
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

* turnaround starts here
E G7 F#7 F7 E B7
e-0-----------------------0-----------2----------
b-0-----------------------0-----------0----------
g-1-----4-----3-----2-----1-----------2----------
d-2-----3-----2-----1-----2-----------1----------
a-2-----X-----X-----X-----2-----------2----------
e-0-----3-----2-----1-----0----------------------
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
/ / / / / / / /

The G7, F#7, and F7 is the "turnaround" bringing you back to the root chord E.

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(@cameronkl7)
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Hi Everyone,

I really appreciate all the help from everyone, I'm sure I'll have more questions as times passes by..thanks again!

Cam


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(@maroon6)
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Thank for every answer too.

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