Releases “Blues Turnaround Riff - How to Play a Blues Turnaround - Guitar Lesson”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a Blues Turnaround lick.

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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).

“We have spent a lot of time on this subject because if you want to play the blues and sound like the tradition you have to have a lot of these under your belt”, says MacLennan. This blues guitar lesson is in the style of Eric Clapton and is in the key of E. Jon starts off by placing his first finger on the second fret of the second string and his second finger on the 3rd fret of the 3rd string. Next he plays the open 6th string twice and follows that by strumming the 3rd and 2nd strings and then sliding the two note chord up one half step and then strumming it again. Next he removes his first finger and then picks the 3rd string and slides down to the 2nd fret and then does a pull-off to the open string and follows that with the second fret of the 4th string with his second finger and does a pull-off to the open string and then picks the second fret again. Finally he plays the open 5th string and follows that with the first fret with his first finger and then the 2nd fret with his 2nd finger and then an open B7 Chord. 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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