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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a 12 bar blues lick in the style of John Lee Hooker.

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The 12 Bar Blues Progression is one of the most common chord progressions in popular music. It is most commonly based on the 1-4-5 or 1-4-5-b6 (flat 6) chord progressions. The last two measures is usually a turnaround. The Turnaround is used in 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).

MacLennan demonstrates the lick as follows: 2nd fret of the third string with 2nd finger and slide up to the 4th fret followed by the first finger on the 3rd fret of the second string. Next he slides his 2nd finger back down to the 2nd fret and a Pull-Off to the open string followed by playing the 2nd fret of the 4th string with his 2nd finger and Pull-Off to the open string and immediately playing the 2nd fret again. Next Jon plays the bass line as the open 6th string to the 4th fret to the open 5th string to the 2nd fret back to the open 6th string. Next he plays the 2nd fret of the 4th string followed by the open 3rd string. Then he plays the 3rd fret of the 3rd string and slides to the 2nd fret and then does a pull off to the open string followed by 2nd fret of the 4th string to the open string and back to the 2nd fret. Next he repeats the bass line and finally a variation of the first sequence to finish it off. Guitar TAB’s are available at

John Lee Hooker, A native of Mississippi, was an American blues singer and guitarist who was known for developing the style of Talking Blues. He had two songs reach number one on the Billboard R&B chart before his death in 2001.

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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