Announcement: Releases “Hot Blues Turnaround in the Key of E - Blues 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 in the key of 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).

Jon starts off this video lesson by explaining the shape of the chord used for the turnaround. He places his 3rd finger on the 9th fret of the 4th string, first finger on the 7th fret of the 3rd string and 3rd finger on the 9th fret of the 2nd string, which he explains as the E7 shape. Jon explains to play the lick as follows; first he plays the open 6th string as a quarter note on the one, next he strums the chord as a triplet, 2 & A, then he moves the chord shape down one half step and repeat the triplet rhythm, 3 & A, and down one half step again, 4 & A, and then resolving to an E triad that consists of 3rd finger on the 6th fret of the 4th string, first finger on the 5th fret of the 3rd string and 2nd finger on the 5th fret of the 2nd string played as a whole note, and finally he plays an A#7 and slides into a B7. Guitar TAB’s for this blues guitar 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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