Announcement: Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson - Blues Turnaround Lick in A7”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches a Blues Turnaround lick in A7.

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The Turnaround is used many styles of music. The Blues Turnaround or V, VI, I (5-4-1) Turnaround came from the Ragtime Blues era. The cadence of the Blues Turnaround is backwards from traditional western music. The job of the Blues Turnaround is to show the listener where the chord progression ends and starts over, it does this by ending on the V (five) of the chord progression making it want to resolve back to the I (one).

In this Blues lesson, Jon teaches a classic blues turnaround in A7 that uses pentatonic and chromatic elements. “One thing I really want to emphasize with the blues is you have to have a core vocabulary of turnaround lines," says MacLennan. “These are things you can practice and right away sound like the tradition."

Jon starts off this core blues turnaround in the last two bars of a 12 bar blues. First thing Jon does is bar his first finger across the second fret like he is playing an A major chord and then plays the open 5th string and follows that with 3rd string (2nd fret with first finger), then he plays the 3rd fret of the 6th string and follows that with the 3rd string, then the 2nd fret of the 6th string followed by the 3rd string, then the first fret of the 6th string followed by the 3rd string again, then the open 6th string. Jon finishes up the lick with the open 4th string, first fret 4th string, and 2nd fret 4th string and then an E7 chord, which will return you, back to the top of the chord progression.

Guitar TAB’s for this lesson are available 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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