Intros Outros and Turnarounds

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Mike Tolle

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

21 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Full Course Breakdown

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


Series Introduction

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

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Jimmy Reed Style Turnaround in E

This turnaround in the style of Jimmy Reed will take your 12 bar blues in E to new heights.

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Big Bill Broonzy Style Turnaround in E

Use this turnaround in the style of Big Bill Broonzy to take you through the last few bars of your E blues playing in style.

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Turnaround in E Influenced by Skip James

This Skip James inspired lick with turn your E blues around in style!

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Turnaround or Outro in E Inspired by Bob Dylan

I would not feel so all alone if you would learn this Bob Dylan inspired lick to use in your next E blues jam.

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Another Big Bill Broonzy Style Turnaround in E

How big is Bill? So big he needs another E turnaround to do his bigness justice. Try this one on for size!

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Outro in E inspired by Blind Blake & Scrapper Blackwell

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

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Turnaround in A

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

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Another Turnaround in A

Yet another A turnaround lick to make your blues move.

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Intro in A inspired by Scrapper Blackwell

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

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Intro in A inspired by Scrapper Blackwell & Big Bill Brunsey

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

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Outro in A Inspired by Robert Johnson

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

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Gospel Walk Up, Robert Johnson Style

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

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Walkdown in A with Many Influences

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

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E Outro in the Style of Freddie King

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

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A Key Turnaround in the style of Robert Johnson

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

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Outro in A Inspired by Lonny Johnson & Scrapper Blackwell

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

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Outro in A With Elements of Robert Johnson

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

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Double Stop Outro in A

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

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Pedmont Blues style Turnaround in C

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

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G Turnaround Walk Down & Up

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

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2.5 Difficulty

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  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Playing since 1977
  • 38 lessons at JamPlay
Mike Tolle is a guitarist and vocalist who brings a unique modern interpretation to to the Acoustic Folk genre. Whether performing turn of the century (the 19th that is) blues to 60s’ folk to an occasional contemporary fingerstyle composition, Mike brings to the music a high level of musicianship appreciated at any venue.

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is is so amazing to really work on my blues arsenal.