(PRWEB) March 10, 2014
This lesson is based from Crossroads as recorded by Eric Clapton, originally written by Robert Johnson. “Today we are looking at a little bit of Eric Clapton’s guitar playing, we are going to try to understand some of the secrets to his fingering that he uses,” says MacLennan, “a lot of guys will be playing Eric Clapton licks and they have the same guitar, amp, pedals, whatever and they think why cant I get the right sound and a lot of times what is over looked is the fingering that Clapton used.” Jon demonstrates the lick as follows; 3rd string, 7th fret with 3rd finger and bend it up one whole step and follows that with the 5th fret of the first string with first finger. Next is the 8th fret of the 2nd string with 3rd finger and then to the 7th fret of the 3rd string with 2nd finger and bend up one half step and then to the 5th fret 3rd string with first finger and back to the 7th fret with 3rd finger again. “A lot of guys like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Wes Montgomery with play pentatonic scales with their first and 2nd fingers instead of the first and 3rd fingers, which is a big part of the sound they get,” says MacLennan. Jon continues by demonstrating the difference in the sound and playability of licks by using different fingers. Guitar TAB’s are available for this blues guitar lesson 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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