Announcement: Releases “Learn How to Play Buddy Guy’s Moanin' - Blues Guitar Lesson”

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In this blues guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play the song “Moanin” as recorded by Buddy Guy.

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“We’re looking at a classic by Buddy Guy today called Moanin’ that was originally written by Bobby Timmins,” says MacLennan, “this is basically a blues in F.” Jon demonstrates this riff in three parts, with the first part of this riff as follows; 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th string, played twice, followed by the first fret of the 3rd string with his first finger. Next he moves back to the 3rd fret of the 4th string and then to the 3rd fret of the 5th string with his 2nd finger and then back to the first fret of the 4th string with his first finger and then back to the 3rd fret again. Next Jon follows that lick with a Bb/F (B flat over F) minor triad by barring the 3rd fret of the first three strings and fretting the first fret of the 6th string with his thumb and then follows that with an F chord. MacLennan continues this easy blues lesson by demonstrating the last two parts of the riff. Guitar TAB’s for this blues guitar lesson are available at

George “Buddy” Guy is an American Blues Guitarist from Lettsworth Louisiana. He is a pioneer of the Chicago Blues genre and was a member of the Muddy Waters band in the 1960’s. Buddy was a big influence on the players like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Paige and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Guy is ranked number 30 on Rolling Stones list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time”. Over the course of his career he has played on 72 albums and has won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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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