Announcement: Releases “T Bone Walker - Cool Blues Intro with Dominant 9th Chords - Blues Guitar Lesson”

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In this rhythm guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play a cool blues intro that uses Dominant 9th chords in the style of T Bone Walker.

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“One of the things I love about T Bone’s intros is that they use a lot of sliding Dominant 9th Chords,” says MacLennan. Jon demonstrates this blues in the key of Ab (A flat) as follows: first he plays an E9 chord that consists of the 7th fret on the 5th string with his 2nd finger, 4th fret of the 4th string with first finger and 3rd finger bared across the 3rd, 2nd, and first strings at the 7th fret which he arpeggiates and then frets the 13th fret of the first string with his 4th finger to make it a E13 chord which he picks twice and then does a pull off back to the 7th fret and then picks the 2nd and third strings. Next he moves the chord shape down one half step and repeats the sequence and then back up one half step and again repeats the picking sequence and then back down one half step again for a single strum of the chord. Next he moves to an Eb-aug (E flat augmented) that consists of the 6th fret of the 5th string with 3rd finger, 5th fret of the 4th string with 2nd finger and first finger bared across the 4th fret of the 3rd and 2nd strings. And finally he ends it with a cool blues lick that MacLennan says “is very reminiscent of Manish Boy by Muddy Waters.” Guitar TABs for this blues guitar lesson are available 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 Channel’s “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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