Announcement: Releases “Blues Guitar Lesson by Muddy Waters in the Style of Catfish Blues - Hot Guitar Riff in E”

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In this lead guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play the riff from Catfish Blues 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.

“Muddy Waters was the man”, says MacLennan, “if you haven’t listened to any of his music you should go online right now and take a listen because he influenced a lot of early rock & roll guitar players and he just had soul for days”. Jon demonstrates the lick as follows; first you play an E Power Chord as 1/8th notes (1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&). Next he plays the first three strings together open as an up stroke and then with his second finger he plays the second fret of the third string and does a bend & release and then a pull-off to the open string and follows that with the 2nd fret of the 4th string. Finally he ends the lick by fretting the 3rd fret of the 6th string and does a slight bend and then plays the 6th string open and follows that with the 2nd fret of the 4th string. Guitar tabs 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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