Announcement: Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson - Intro Riff from the Song West Side Baby by T Bone Walker”

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In this rhythm guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a cool intro riff from West Side Baby by T Bone Walker.

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MacLennan demonstrates the lick as follows; second finger on the 11th fret of the 5th string, first finger on the 10th fret of the 4th string, 3rd finger on the 11th fret of the 3rd string, 2nd string, and first string. This chord shape is the Dominant 9 which consists of the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7 (flat 7), and 9th notes of the major scale. “This is a moveable chord”, says MacLennan, “what ever note your 2nd finger plays is the root.” Jon demonstrates that you simply strum the chord and then slide down one half step at a time until you reach the 6th fret. Then Jon finishes it off with a B9 which consists of 7th fret of the 6th string with his thumb and mutes the 5th string, 7th fret of the 4th string with his 2nd finger, 6th fret of the 3rd string with his first finger and 7th fret of the 2nd string with his 3rd finger. Jon strums that chord and then slides the chord down one half step to finish the lick. Guitar tabs are available for this blues guitar lesson at

T Bone Walker, aka Aaron Thibeaux, was an American blues guitarist from Linden Texas. He is considered one of the most influential pioneers of the electric blues sound. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987 following his death in 1975.

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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