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In This Jazz Rhythm Guitar Lesson, Now Available on, Jon MacLennan Teaches a Chord Melody for Ending a Jazz Standard

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A chord melody, also known as common tone chords, which is a series of chords that all keep one note in common. Jon uses a cadence that resolves to the key of “F” for this demonstration and the “F” note is the high note in the chord voicing’s. The chords used in this progression are as follows; E7 flat 9, E flat 9, D7 sharp 9, D flat 9, G minor 7, B flat/C, and finally resolving on F major 9 sharp 11. Jon demonstrates how to play each of these chords and the theory behind them. “Anyone of these chords can be moved, which is so great about a lot of the jazz voicing’s”, says MacLennan. Since they don’t use open strings these chords can be easy moved up and down the fret board and transposed into virtually any key. Variations of this type of chord progression include inverting the chords so that the common note is in the lower or middle registry of the chord instead of the top. Guitar TAB’s are available for this video guitar lesson at

Jon MacLennan
Los Angeles based guitarist Jon MacLennan began his career at the age of 16 and is one of the busiest upcoming session guitarist, artist, composer, producer, and professional educator in LA. Jon has done session work for Julian Lennon, Steven Tyler, and British pop star Jamie Cullum. He has appeared on Disney channels “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and on the sound track to the movie “Marley and Me 2 – The Puppy Years”. MacLennan earned a bachelor’s in ethnomusicology and jazz guitar studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and has been mentored by Carl Verheyen, Wolf Marshall, Kenny Burrell, Anthony Wilson, Tamir Hendelmen, Jimmy Wyble and Ron Anthony which has made him a highly sought after guitar instructor today.

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