Announcement: LA Session Guitarist Teaches a Unique Take on 12-Bar Blues at GuitarControl.com

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To help new and experienced guitarists master the intricacies of advanced blues playing, GuitarControl.com has released a new guitar lesson video that demonstrates a unique take on the standard 12-bar blues.

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L.A. session guitarist Jon MacLennan shows guitarists how adding a lick to the standard 12-bar blues chord progression creates a unique, more interesting take on the blues.

In the lesson, now available on YouTube, L.A. session guitarist Jon MacLennan shows guitarists how adding a lick to the standard 12-bar blues chord progression creates a unique, more interesting take on the blues. The riff demonstrated in the video is inspired by legendary blues guitarist and Supertramp member Carl Verheyen.

The 12-bar blues is a staple of blues music, and is one of the first progressions budding guitarists learn. Comprised of only three chords, the simplicity of this progression makes it ideal for guitarists looking to achieve a distinct sound early in the learning process. MacLennan shows how to play the blues progression in the form of a guitar lick moved up and down the neck, mimicking the chords used to play the 12 bars blues. The lick demonstrated in the video produces a unique, bluesy sound by utilizing a dissonant chord that piques the listener’s interest.

MacLennan helps guitarists learn this blues progression note-by-note, describing the finger placement and hammer-on technique used every step of the way. Sheet music and guitar tabs are provided in a link in the video description.

Guitar Control instructor Jon McClennan is a Los Angeles based session guitarist and professional music educator. A composer and producer, MacLennan worked as an instructor for the Los Angeles Pierce College Department of Music MacLennan. 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.

MacLennan designed the Fast Track Guitar System, a 3-disc instructional DVD available through Guitar Control. In the Fast Track Guitar System, he expands on the basics covered in the YouTube video to teach advanced techniques for playing blues, rock, folk, and many well known guitar anthems.

GuitarControl.com is packed with resources, video tutorials and lessons, articles, and affordable DVDs to help new guitarists learn and experienced guitarists master their instruments. Guitarists of any experience level find guitar lessons from instructors with a broad array of music backgrounds and styles - blues, jazz, metal, classical, folk, progressive rock, punk, and everything in between. Guitarists can find relatable, easy-to- follow videos regardless of their ability or musical tastes.

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