(PRWEB) April 17, 2014
In today’s easy blues guitar lesson, Jon teaches how to solo using chords over a blues chord progression in the key of G. MacLennan explains how to play this phrase as follows; first bar your first finger across the first fret of the 5th and 6th strings and the do a hammer-on simultaneously to the 3rd fret of the 6th string with 3rd finger and the 2nd fret of the 5th string 2nd finger which makes a major third. Next is a G5 power chord using first finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string and 3rd finger on the 5th fret of the 5th string. Next Jon bars his first finger across the 2nd fret of the 5th and 4th strings and follows that with baring the 5th fret of the same two strings with his 3rd finger. Next Jon demonstrates what he calls a tri-tone that consists of his first finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string and his 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the 3rd string which he also slides up one half step. And finally Jon shows a riff he calls a blues cliché as heard in the song Stormy Monday that consists of 3rd fret of the 4th string with 2nd finger, 2nd fret of the 3rd string with first finger and 3rd fret of the 2nd string with 3rd finger which he strums and then slides up one whole step and then slides back down to where he started. Jon continues the lesson by playing the sequence over a backing track so you can hear how it all sounds. Guitar TAB’s are available at BluesGuitar.com.
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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