Announcement: Teaches Essential "Blues Devices" in New YouTube Guitar Lesson

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In a new blues guitar lesson from, session musician and professional music educator John MacLennan shows how to play a bluesy Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar lick in the key of C.

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The lesson, now available on YouTube, is designed to help new and experienced guitarists expand their repertoire of guitar techniques to compose original melodies and improve their solo skills.

The lick demonstrated in the video makes use of a blues-up pentatonic scale, one of the first scales learning guitarists pick up. For those not already familiar with the scale, MacLennan demonstrates how guitarists can produce a bluesy sound by adding a note to the a commonly used pentatonic scale. The lesson covers finger placement to play each note in the blues riff and the timing needed to fit it in a song. Guitarists can click a link in the video description to view the tabulatures for this lesson and practice offline.

MacLennan teaches the Stevie Ray Vaughan lick, then deconstructs it to discuss a number of common techniques and "blues devices" employed in the blues playing style. He covers a fast hammer-on lick he explains can be heard in the playing of everyone "from Wes Montgomery and the jazz guys to Hendrix," and shows how to bend the strings to maximum effect. Lastly, MacLennan suggests playing the riff over a C bar chord to maintain a harmony and reinforce the notes used in the blues pentatonic scale.

Guitar Control instructor Jon MacLennan is a renowned session guitarist and professional music educator. A composer and producer, MacLennan worked as an instructor for the Los Angeles Pierce College Department of Music. With a B.A. in ethnomusicology and jazz guitar studies from University of California, he’s played guitar and ukele for the hit Fox show Raising Hope; appeared on the Disney series The Suite life of Zach and Cody; and composed, arranged, and produced three full length albums of his own.

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