Announcement: releases “Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson - Guitar Intro Riff in the key of A Blues - Robert Johnson Style”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a cool blues lick in the style of Robert Johnson.

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A “riff” is the catchy part of a song that sticks in your head. One of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time is “Smoke on the water” by Deep Purple.

Jon starts off this lesson by demonstrating an A7 chord as follows; first finger on the 7th fret of the 4th string, 3rd finger on the 9th fret of the 3rd string, 8th fret of the 2nd string with his 2nd finger, and 9th fret of first string with 4th finger. MacLennan strums the whole chord once and then plays the first string 3 more times all as 1/8th notes (1-&-2-&). Next, he slides the chord down one half step except for his first finger stays on the 7th fret, which makes A dim (diminished) and repeats the strum pattern. Next, he changes to a Dm6/A chord by switch his 2nd finger to the 7th fret of the 4th string, 3rd finger on the 7th fret 3rd string, first finger on 6th fret of the 2nd string and 4th finger on 7th fret first string and repeats the strumming patter and finishes it off with the open 5th string and 5th fret first string played simultaneously as a whole note and then he finishes it off with a turn around. Guitar TAB’s are available at

Robert Johnson was an American blues guitarist. He was born in 1911 in Mississippi and never had any great commercial success during his life time, but is credited as one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2006 he won a Grammy lifetime achievement award. Johnson died at age 27 in 1938.

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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