Announcement: Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson - Blues Turnaround in the Style of Dickey Betts - Rhythm Guitar”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a Blues Turnaround lick in the style of Dickey Betts.

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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).

“I picked this one up from Dickey Betts; he plays it in Stormy Monday with the Allman Brothers in the key of G,” says MacLennan, “as a guitar player you like to play blues in the key of E and A and B, keys where we can use the open strings.” Jon transposed this lick from G to E so you can easily play it with your standard 12 Bar Blues Progressions. Jon demonstrates the lick as follows; 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the second string and play the open first string and follow that with the fretted note on the second string and then the open first string again, then Jon moves the note on the 2nd string down one half step at a time until he reaches the open second string followed by the open first string each time and then he plays and open 3rd string and immediately does a hammer-on to the first fret with his first finger and then plays the open first string and finally the second fret of the 5th string with his second finger, which leads into a B7 chord very nicely. Guitar TAB’s 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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