(PRWEB) March 07, 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.
“This album is an amazing record that has some of my favorite Clapton playing on there, so be sure to check it out”, says MacLennan, “this riff is an example of how a guitar can play a bass line in a song and really give it some power”. The riff is based in a blues in the key of E. Jon demonstrates the lick as follows; first he plays the open 6th string and follows that with sliding from the 3rd to the 4th fret on the same string with his 3rd finger. Next is the 2nd fret of the 5th string with first finger followed by the 4th fret with the 3rd finger. Jon says to start out slow and build up your speed and be sure to alternate pick the riff. This sequence is the E or the one chord of the progression. By simple playing the riff on the 4th and 5th strings instead of the 5th and 6th, you get the A or the four chord. Jon continues by explaining how to apply the riff for the five chord. Guitar TAB’s are available for this blues lesson at BluesGuitar.com.
John Mayall & The Blues Breakers was an English blues band formed in 1963 by band leader John Mayall. The band had a revolving door of members that included Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce who went on to form Cream and Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie who went on to form Fleetwood Mac.
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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