Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson - Cool Blues Turnaround With Triads in the Key of A”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a cool Blues Turnaround lick in the key of A using triads.

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The Turnaround is used in many styles of music. The Blues Turnaround or V, VI, I (5-4-1) 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 keep stressing these turnaround figures and lines; you really as a guitar player need to have a bunch of them under your fingers because they are crucial to sounding authentic when playing the blues”, says MacLennan. Jon demonstrates the lick as follows; first he plays the open 5th string and then an A7 triad with 2nd finger on the 9th fret of the 3rd string, first finger on the 8th fret of the 2nd string, and 3rd finger on the 9th fret of the first string. He strums the chord three times as triplets and then moves it down one half step at a time repeating the strum until he reaches the 5th fret, at which point he bars his first finger across the 5th fret on the first three strings making a Am triad and then he immediately does a hammer-on with his first finger to the 6th fret of the 3rd string which makes it now a A major triad. “This is one of the sounds you hear all the time in the blues, the fluctuation between major and minor”, says MacLennan. Guitar TABs for this blues 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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