Lyrical Larry Carlton Turnaround

Some will argue that a slow blues ain’t fully legit if it ain’t got lyrics—that the call-and-response interplay between voice and guitar is crucial to blues. That’s generally true—unless the dude playing guitar is Larry Carlton, who, over a molasses-slow 12/8 blues, can say more with a pick and six strings than most singers could ever hope to. And, because this month’s Master Class with Mr. 335 features many “beginner” examples, we thought we’d throw in this more elaborate Larry-style turnaround for more advanced bluesers who want to close out their next 12-bar groove with flair and finesse. (Tip: Start out pianissimo and gradually crescendo as you head to the staccato downbeat of bar 2.)