(PRWEB) November 02, 2013
MacLennan explains how all of the notes in the minor pentatonic scale will work over the associated chord. He demonstrates with playing E minor pentatonic played over the E minor chord. “Playing the notes out side of the scale may sound dissonant”, says MacLennan. Jon explains that merely playing up and down the scale is not “soloing” and that licks and phrasing so what will make your melody. Jon continues with examples of blues based minor pentatonic licks that sound great over almost any chord progression, Jon plays some examples over a backing track. Later Jon talks about chaining two licks together to create a long phase. Jon says that the first and foremost thing to do is to be comfortable playing the minor pentatonic scale and with techniques like hammer-on and pull-offs, slides, and bending which he refers to as “the language of the music”. MacLennan’s new DVD, “Play from the Heart”, will be a source of learning and inspiration to students of the guitar at any level and will be available at GuitarControl.com very soon.
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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