(PRWEB) March 06, 2014
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.
“The guitar playing on this track is mind blowing,” says MacLennan, “every solo that Eric Clapton takes just gets better and better”. Jon explains and demonstrates this blues guitar lick as follows; “it’s a classic 12 bar consisting of A, D, & E. The main riff that is heard between vocal lines starts off with the open 5th string followed by the 2nd fret of the 3rd string with his first finger and then he does a pull-off to the open 3rd string and back to the 2nd fret and then a quick hammer-on from the open 3rd string to the 2nd fret. The riff ends on a C on the 3rd fret of the 5th string with his 3rd finger and he does a slight bend and then the whole process starts over again. Jon also mentions that you should check out the solo, which he does a short demonstration of. Guitar TAB’s for this classic blues lesson are available at BluesGuitar.com.
Eric Clapton is an English guitarist, singer and song writer born in Ripley, Surrey England in 1945. He is considered to be one of the most influential guitarists of all time and was ranked number 2 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest guitarists. He is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three separate times and has won 17 Grammy awards.
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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