Announcement: releases “Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Riff - Blues Guitar Lesson with Tabs”

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In this blues guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play the riff from Crossroads by Eric Clapton, using call and response.

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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.

“I want to teach you a little bit of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads today, this is such a monumental guitar piece”, says MacLennan, “one of the elements of this song I want to emphasize is call and response, it’s a typical thing you hear a lot in the blues”. Jon demonstrates this as follows; first he plays two bars of rhythm as a typical blues shuffle in A. Next he follows that with the lead riff which 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. He continues this process with a shuffle based in D and completes a 12 bar in the key of A. Guitar TAB’s are available at

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.

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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