Announcement: Releases “Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson in the Style of Robert Johnson - Turnaround Lick in E7”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches a blues turnaround lick in E7 in the style of Robert Johnson.

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The turnaround is used in 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 cool acoustic blues turnaround in the style of Robert Johnson as heard in the song Sweet Home Chicago. Jon demonstrates this as follows; first finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string and 2nd finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string; then using the hybrid picking technique, he plays the open 6th string with the pick and follows that with the pick on the 3rd string, middle finger on the 2nd string, and third finger on the open first string. “If that’s uncomfortable for you, you can play all of the notes with the pick,” says MacLennan. Jon continues the lick by moving the shape down one half step at a time, each time repeating the picking pattern, for a total of three times and finally ending the lick by playing the open 3rd and 1st strings simultaneously and then doing a hammer-on to the first fret of the 3rd string. Jon then demonstrates a variation of the open B7 chord that he says is the way Robert Johnson played it by simply playing the chord, but leaving the first string open. Guitar tabs for this blues 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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