Announcement: Releases “Blues Turnaround Riff in the key of E - Guitar Lesson”

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

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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).

“One of the things you need to have under your fingers as a guitarist is a lot of turnaround lines,” says MacLennan. “That’s basically a lick that ends the 12 bar blues and takes you back to the top.” Jon explains that the lick is based on the interval of a 6th and demonstrates it as follows: second finger on the 5th fret of the 5th string, which also mutes the 4th string and his first finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string, which also mutes the second and first strings. Then Jon performs it by first playing the open 6th string as a quarter note and then strums the chord three times quickly as 1/16th notes, 2-E-&, and then rests on the A. He then moves the chord shape down one half step at a time and repeats the same strumming pattern until he reaches the first fret; where just does one down stroke as a quarter note. Guitar TAB’s for this video lesson are available at

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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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