Announcement: Releases “Learn How to Play the Blues Turnaround from `Tell Me´ by SRV - Blues Guitar Lesson”

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In this blues guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play “Tell Me” by Stevie Ray Vaughn.

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“This is tuned down a half step,” says MacLennan, “We’re looking at a 12 bar blues in the key of C and one of the things I love about this is the turnaround.”

The Turnaround is used in many styles of music. The Blues Turnaround or V, VI, I (5-4-1) Turnaround came from the Ragtime Blues era. The cadence of the Blues Turnaround is backwards from traditional western music. The job of the Blues Turnaround is to show the listener where the chord progression ends and starts over, it does this by ending on the V (five) of the chord progression making it want to resolve back to the I (one).

Jon demonstrates this turnaround as follows; 8th fret of the 6th string with his thumb and 3rd finger on the 10th fret of the 4th string and then he uses the rest of his fingers to mute all other strings. Next is the 9th fret of the 3rd string with his first finger followed by the 10th fret of the 4th string with 2nd finger. Next it’s back to the 9th fret of the 3rd string followed by the 10th fret of the 3rd string and back to the 9th and then back to the 10th and then the 11th frets and back to the 10th then 11th and finally the 12th fret. Jon finishes off the turnaround with an open 6th string followed by an Ab9 chord (A flat 9) and slides down a half step to a G9. MacLennan continues this blues guitar lesson by teaching the chord progression to the rest of the song. Guitar TAB’s for this blues guitar lesson can be found at

Stevie Ray Vaughn, a native of Dallas Texas, was a legendary blues guitarist best known as the leader of Double Trouble and for helping with the blues revival of the 1980’s. Double Trouble sold out concert venues around the world and had many Gold Records. Vaughn’s career was cut short when he was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990.

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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