Announcement: releases “Blues Turnaround Lick in E - Rhythm Guitar Lesson”

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In this rhythm 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).

“We’re looking at a blues turnaround in the key of E and I really keep stressing these blues turnarounds because they are so important to have under your fingers as a guitar player especially if you want to play blues and sound like your playing from the tradition of the music,” says MacLennan. Jon demonstrates the lick as follows; first finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string and 3rd finger on the 6th fret of the 4th string, then Jon plays it by picking the 4th string with the guitar pick and the 3rd string with his 3rd finger simultaneously, this is the hybrid picking technique, and then plays the open first string followed by the 3rd string again, then he moves the chord shape down one have step repeating the picking sequence and continues this until his first finger reaches the first fret at which point he frets an open E7 and does a hammer-on from the open 3rd string to the first fret and finally ends the turnaround with a C7 to B7. Guitar TAB’s are available for this rhythm guitar 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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