Announcement: Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson in the Style of Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy Guitar Riff”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play the riff from Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters.

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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.

“If we’re talking about the blues it doesn’t get any better than Muddy Waters,” says MacLennan. The riff in this lesson is in the key of “A” and uses double stops. MacLennan demonstrates it as follows: play the 7th fret of the 4th string with 3rd finger and then bar 3rd finger across the 7th fret of the 3rd and 2nd strings, this is a double stop, and then play the 7th fret of the 4th string again. Next he bars his first finger across the 5th fret of the 3rd and 2nd strings, another double stop, and then he plays the 7th fret of the 4th string again. Finally he finishes off the riff with an A5 power chord with his first finger on the 5th fret of the 6th string and 3rd finger on the 7th fret of the 5th string. Guitar TAB’s for this blues guitar lesson are available at

McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, was an American Blues musician from Rolling Fork Mississippi and is considered to be the father of Chicago Blues. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1992. Waters died from heart failure in his sleep in 1983.

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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