Announcement: Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson - Learn How to Play a Blues Turnaround with String Skipping”

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

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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 latest installment of a series of lessons on turnarounds Jon demonstrates a turnaround that uses the string skipping technique. “I keep stressing these turnarounds because it’s so important to have a lot of them under your fingers”, says MacLennan, “this one is pretty standard, but I like the lesson it does for your right hand because of the string skipping”. Jon first teaches how to play the lick and then demonstrates it in a 12 bar blues progression. Jon explains the lick as follows; first he places his 3rd finger on the 7th fret of the 5th string and plays it as a down stroke, next he plays the open first string as an upstroke, then he moves his third finger down one whole step to the 5th fret and plays it as a down stroke followed by the open first string as an up stroke, next he moves his third finger down one half step to the 4th fret and plays it as a down stroke and then the open first string as an upstroke, now he continues this sequence one half step at a time until he finally reaches the second fret of the 5th string. Jon says at this point you can do any number of standard blues endings. Guitar TAB’s are available for this lesson 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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